Enya

Picture of Enya on wooden floor in black dress
Enya

Gweedore native Enya (Eithne Ni Bhraonain) was born in 1961, the sixth of nine children into the musical dynasty of the Brennan family. Her parents, Baba and Leo Brennan are great music lovers and encouraged their children in all varieties of musical pursuits with Enya's siblings forming the internationally regarded band Clannad. A global superstar in her own right, Enya credits ‘Irish music, church music and classical music’ as influencing her style. 

The Donegal singer’s signature sound comprises multi-tracking vocals, layering her voice as many as eighty times on one track. She is known for her distinctive sound, characterised by folk melodies, synthesised backdrops and ethereal reverberations. 

Her musical career spans from 1982 to the present day. Enya had sold up to 80 millions albums achieving international success with albums such as 'Watermark' (11 million copies sold), 'Shepherd Moons', (12 million copies sold) and 'A Day Without Rain' (15 million copies). She was named the world's best selling female artist of 2001. She is Ireland's best-selling solo musician and is officially the country's second-largest musical export after the band U2.  She has performed in 10 languages and her work has earned her four Grammy Awards, an Ivor Novello and an Academy Award nomination.

When the BBC produced an important series of programmes called ‘The Celts' in the mid 80's,  it was Enya who was commissioned to provide the soundtrack in her signature style.  Her music has been used in many more films including the prestigious ‘Lord of the Rings’. One highlight of her career was performing for Pope John Paul II and a global audience.  However, roots are important to her and she maintains her close ties to Donegal by performing regularly at midnight Mass at Christmas, in her mother’s choir.