Enya was born Eithne Ni Bhraonain in Co. Donegal, Ireland. Enya studied classical music at college and under private tuition. On leaving college she was asked by Producer Nicky Ryan to join her siblings in their family band. She did so for a short time, but found it too restrictive musically, and so in 1982 she joined Nicky Ryan and Roma Ryan in a creative and business partnership.
Enya’s first commission was to write a score for Sir David Puttnam for his film “The Frog Prince”. Then, the triumvirate secured the soundtrack to the BBC documentary series ‘The Celts’.
Enya was then signed up by Warner Music and all three by EMI Music Publishing. The first album of this contract was “Watermark” with the hit single “Orinoco Flow”.
This was followed by “Shepherd Moons” “The memory of trees” “Paint the sky with Stars” “A day without rain” which produced the single ‘Only Time’ “Amarantine” and for “Lord of the Rings; the fellowship of the Ring” the songs “Aniron” and “May it be”.
Enya, Nicky and Roma were nominated for a Golden Globe Award and for an Academy Award for the song “May it be” and have also merited many other nominations and awards, including the Ivor Novello for International Achievement.
The latest honours bestowed on Enya were two Honorary Degrees, the University of Galway honoured her with Doctor of Music and the University of Ulster honoured Enya with Doctor of Letters.
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- 6 Monte Carlo World Music Awards
- Best Irish Solo Artist – Hot Press
- Golden Plate Award – Academy Of Achievement Of America
- Billboard Music Award For Artist
- Independent Arts Awards
- Japanese Grand Prix Award – New artist of the year
- Two Brit Award nominations
- Doctor of Music – National University College, Galway
- Doctor of Letters – University of Ulster