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Enya (Eithne Ni Bhraonain)

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Born: 1961 AD
Currently alive, at 52 years of age.

Nationality: Irish
Categories: Musicians, Singer, Songwriter

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1961 - Enya, birth name Eithne Patricia Ní Bhraonáin, sometimes presented in the media as the Anglicised Enya Brennan; is the Republic of Ireland's best-selling solo artist and one of Ireland's best known musicians. Enya was born in Gweedore, County Donegal, in Ireland to a musical family, the fourth youngest of nine children, on the 17th of May.

 

1968 - Has four brothers and four sisters, several of whom formed the band An Clann As Dobhair.

 

1980 - Joined Clannad, the band composed of her siblings Máire (Moya), Pól, and Ciarán and twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan.

 

1982 - Joined shortly before Clannad became famous for "Theme From Harry's Game," producer and manager Nicky Ryan left the group and Enya joined him to start her own solo career.

 

1992 - Remastered version of the Enya album was released as The Celts including a longer, modified version of "Portrait (Out of the Blue)".

 

1995 - Released the Grammy-winning The Memory of Trees.

 

1997 - Released her greatest hits collection, Paint The Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya, which featured two new songs: "Paint the Sky With Stars" and "Only If...".

 

2000 - Released the Grammy winning A Day Without Rain featuring 37 minutes of new material (34 minutes on the US version). The album is Enya's most successful to date, peaking at #2 on the US Billboard Album charts.

 

2004 - Wrote a new song, set to words from a Japanese poem Roma Ryan had written and called "Sumiregusa" ("Wild Violet") was unveiled in Japan as part of an advertising campaign for Panasonic in September.

 

2005 - Released a new album, entitled Amarantine, in November.

 

2006 - Released several Christmas-themed CDs with newly recorded material. Sounds of the Season was released containing six songs: the previously released "Oíche Chiúin" (a.k.a. "Silent Night") and "Amid the Falling Snow", new recordings of the standards "Adeste Fideles" (a.k.a. "Oh Come All Ye Faithful") and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" as well as two original songs, "Christmas Secrets" and "The Magic of the Night" on the 10th of October. This CD was released only in the United States in an exclusive partnership with the NBC television network and the Target department store chain.

        

         - Was awarded the World's Best-Selling Irish Act award at the World Music Awards in London on the19th of November.

 

2007 - Amarantine won Enya her fourth Grammy when it was awarded the Best New Age Album award on the 11th of February.


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