Enyawas born in Gweedore, Ireland in 1961. Her family was musically inclined. She was the sixth of nine children. Her grandparents played in a band throughout Ireland and her father was the leader in the Slieve Foy Band before he later opened a pub. Her mother played in a dance band and later taught music. Several of her siblings formed the band An Clann As Dobhar in 1968. They renamed their band Clannad in the 1970's. Enya played the keyboard and was a backup vocalist and worked with the band for a while. In 1982 Enya decided to go solo and she also formed her own recording studio called, Aigle, which is French for Eagle. She recorder two solo instrumental songs which were released in 1983. She wrote some of the music for the movie, The Frog Prince, in 1984. The music was also released on a soundtrack album. She also provided vocals (spoken, not sung) on the debut album, The Lion and the Cobra.
In 1986, BBC television contracted Enya to provide music for the soundtrack of, The Celts. The Celts was a documentary. The music was also featured on her first solo album, Enya in 1987. In 1988, Enya got a breakthrough in her career when the album, Watermark, featured the hit song, Orinoco Flow topped the charts in the United Kingdom. The album sold 8 million copies. Three years passed and she followed with another hit album, Shepherd Moons, and it sold over 10 million copies. This won Enya her first Grammy Award. In 1997 she released her greatest hits collection, Paint the Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya. She was given the chance to compose the music for the movie, Titanic, but she turned the offer down.
Enya had a five year break then, in 2000, she released the Grammy winning album, A Day Without Rain. This album is the most successful so far and there were many bootlegged versions of her song, Only Time, from the album released. In 2006, Enya was awarded the World’s Best-Selling Irish Act award at the World’s Music Awards in London. She received her fourth Grammy in 2007 for the Best new Age Album Award. Enya has definitely made her mark in the music world. She began in the 1970's and continues today to write and record. It is probably just a matter of time before we will hear from her again. She has written ans released some Christmas songs. Enya claims to have sold over seventy million albums. In June of 2007 she received an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland. She was one of only recipients of this award. Then in July, 2007, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster.
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