Firebat & Enya
For many years, Enya's music has been my absolute favorite music! Until you take the time to search out and download the lyrics to her songs so you can fully comprehend them as you listen to them, you'll never truly appreciate her music. All of her songs have some very moving, deep meaning to them, in my opinion. I've lost track of the countless times I've fallen asleep to her music, only to let the CD keep playing all night long. I'd wake up, and soon fall back asleep to her soothing music.
It just wouldn't be right for me to not include a page on Firebat.com commemorating her accomplishments.
Enya, born Eithne Ni Bhraonin on May 17, 1961, spent most of her childhood growing up in Gweedore (situated in the north-west of Ireland). She was one of nine siblings, including four other girls and four boys. All of the children became involved in the music scene at a very early age and became famous in national traditional music circles.
In 1980, Enya joined some of her fellow family members in an Irish folk music group called "Clannad" (which stood for "the family from Gweedore" in Irish). The group consisted of three of her siblings along with two of their uncles.
The Clannad Clan
Enya, having studied the piano and classical music throughout school, was persuaded by the group's manager, Fachtna O'Kelly, to provide vocals and play piano during the recording of its two albums, Crann Ull and Fuaim. She performed and toured with the group on many occasions, however, she left Clannad in 1982 for undisclosed reasons.
Enya moved to Artane, the northern part of Dublin, shortly thereafter, and shared a house with her friend Nicky Ryan and his wife, Roma. All three had been involved musically with Clannad at one point or another. Nicky Ryan worked as a sound engineer with the group in its early beginnings. In 1984, Enya was persuaded by former group manager Fachtna O'Kelly to devote herself to composing music for films, clearly recognized for her superb musical talent.
She took this advice into serious consideration and shortly thereafter sent her demo tape to film producer David Puttnam, who already had such titles as Midnight Express and Chariots of Fire to his credit. Puttnam immediately asked Enya to compose music with a dreamy and romantic feel for the feature film, The Frog Prince.
Enya and the Celts
Her next endeavor was to prepare a music composition for a BBC television documentary series titled The Celts. This series was about the history of the Celtic civilization throughout its 2700 years. Enya played nearly all the instruments on the album and sometimes doubled up as many as eighty voices to create a very characteristic sound.
The composition took ten months to complete and included collaborations from Nicky and Roma Ryan. Nicky acted as producer and co-author of the musical arrangements, while his wife Roma wrote nearly all the lyrics. The music was so well liked that the BBC decided to release a selection of her music as a soundtrack entitled Enya. The record climbed its way to number one in the Irish charts, which propelled the commercial rise of this multitalented musician.
Shortly thereafter, Enya signed with an important multinational record company, WEA, and saw outstanding success with her second album, Watermark. The album sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, and has gone platinum in fourteen different countries, with the help of the single "Orinoco Flow" (Sail Away).Her follow-up album, Shepherd Moons, achieved even greater success by selling over 11 million copies and spent 199 weeks on the Billboard charts in the USA. The album also earned Enya a Grammy award in 1992 for Best New Age Album.
Sailing Away with Her
In 1995, she re-released her debut album, Enya under the title The Celts, and released her highly anticipated third album, The Memory of Trees, shortly thereafter. The latter garnered Enya yet another Grammy Award in 1997 for "Best New Age Album." In 1997, she also released a compilation album titled Paint The Sky With Stars, which included a selection of Enya's better known hits along with two new songs.
After a five-year disappearance from the public eye, Enya returned in the year 2000 with her fourth and latest album A Day Without Rain. The five-year delay was due to the fact that she played all of the instruments on the album and was also responsible for all of the vocals. Once again she collaborated with Nicky and Roma Ryan on the production of the album.
Most recently, the smash hit single "Only Time," from her latest album, appeared on the soundtrack for the film, Sweet November starring Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves. There are talks of Enya performing live for a special TV performance at some point in the near future. The only obstacle holding her back is that she can't play every instrument and sing at the same time during a live performance. As a result, the sound would not be true to its original form. However, she is intent on giving it a try.
Apart from that, many of Enya's fans worldwide are eagerly awaiting the release of her fifth album. Judging by the substantial time delays between her previous albums, we may be waiting for quite some time, but we're sure -- as most of her fans would agree -- that it's well worth the wait.
Full name: Eithne Ní Bhraonain(ainya nee vreenine)
Date of Birth: May 17, 1961 Birthplace: Ghaoth Dobhair, County Donegal, Ireland
Place of Residence: Killiney, Ireland Hobbies: Watching old black-and-white movies, e.g. Rebecca
Marital Status: Single
A Quote from Enya
"People listen to the music and sense what it is about. Sometimes they know exactly what the songs are about, sometimes they interpret their own meaning to the music, and that's great when this happens because it shows it's striking a chord."
-Enya, on the significance of her music.