5/17/1961, Dore, Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland

Birth Name

Eithne Patricia Ní Bhraonáin



Also Known As

Enya Ní Bhraonáin, Eithne Ní Bhraonáin, Enya
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Enya was born the 17 of May in 1961 in Ireland. She won the Grammy Awards 4 times, and was nominated for the Academy Awards one time. Enya's grandparents were also in the music industry, and played in a band that was on tour throughout Ireland, her father…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Her discography includes "The Frog Prince"(1985), "Enya"(1987), "Watermark"(1988), "Shepperd Moons"(1991), "The Celts"(1992), "The Memory of Trees"(1995), "Paint the Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya"(1997), "A Day Without Rain"(2000) and "Amarantine"(2005).

    • Although she has never performed live, Enya has sold more than 48 million copies of her singles.

    • Enya was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for best original song for her song "May it be".

    • She has 3 siblings: one sister, Máire Ní Bhraonáin (Mary Brennan) and two brothers: Ciarán Ó Braonáin (Kieran Brennan) and Pól Ó Braonáin (Paul Brennan).

    • Enya will recieve a Honorary Doctorate from the National University of Galway in June 2007.

    • Enya's songs "Lothlórien", "May It Be", and "Aníron" appear in the soundtrack of "Thle Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring".

    • Her favourite music composer is Sergei Rachmaninoff.

    • Enya's name was used to name an asteroid, which was called 6433 Enya.

  • Quotes

    • Enya: Music has always been very important to people, if it's the moment you need to let your hair down and have a great dance, or a joyous occasion or a sad time. There's a lot of interpretation to the music, and it's up to individual listeners. That's something I can't make happen.

    • Enya: I find it hard to work with other musicians because I know from experience that when they play, they play with their feeling, and that restricts me because I know I want to play in my own particular way.

    • Enya: Some people think I'm a snob, but I strongly feel that I'm just not being creative to listen to other music while I'm working.

    • (about "The Memory of Trees")
      Enya: Enya: It's actually from Irish mythology. And Roma suggested the title. It's derived from the Druids, and they held the trees as very sacred, so they were very important. So I thought the title was very strong, but it can conjure up other sort of thoughts for a lot of people. And I think Roma enjoyed that as well, that for people who don't know the connection with Irish mythology, that they will interpret their own thoughts with it.

    • (talking about the UK press)
      Enya: Well I think they find it, they find me quite confusing, because they know the music, but they don't know anything about me. . .because I keep a very private lifestyle so they end up, making up stories. But I don't really concern myself too much about them.

    • Enya: I have a very private life. It's very important to the music, I think that I'm able to have time away from the music and the life style.

    • Enya: People can conjure in their own way what I'm all about, by my music.

    • 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: Night has brought to those who sleep, only dreams they can not keep.

    • Enya: Those in the Heights have studied the words and yet have not found these places the man speaks of. They know it is a map of a journey, a journey of the heart, yet they seek to find these cities, these roads, these islands, these valleys...

    • Enya: I've got a cat. I love cats, at one stage I had 12. It was just bliss. They'd all lie around in the sun and then come up and climb around my neck.

  • Definitely One of a kind!

    Enya is a very unique and different singer, but I love her anyway. I just can't stop listening to that beautiful voice with the beautiful lyrics and music to match. She has a way of reaching your soul and healing every scar and every wound in it, no matter how deep it is. Her music will heal you if you just lie still and let her music take you away to a beautiful place. Listen to her words and the sweetness in her voice. She will reach you and heal you. Her music has that effect on people. Very sweet!moreless
  • enya started out with her family in the band clannad until 1985 where she split up to become a solo artist with her producers roma ryan and nicky ryan In 1987 she released her first album entitled enya but her fame came in 1988 when she released watermarkmoreless

    enya started out with her family in the band clannad until 1985 where she split up to become a solo artist with her producers roma ryan and nicky ryan. in 1987 she released her first album entitled enya but her success came in 1988 when she released her second album watermark when the song orinoco flow became a no. 1 in england. in 1991 she released shepherd moons which was later followed by the memory of trees in 1995. in 1997 she released paint the sky with stars the best of enya with two new songs "paint the sky with stars" and "only if". in 2000 she brought out the album a day without rain. in 2001 after the 9/11 disaster one of her songs only time was played throughout scenes of the twin towers and this made enya fans upset. her most recent album amarantine was released in 2005moreless