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Name: Eithne Patricia Ní Bhraonáin                                                     
Born: May 17, 1961 Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland                                     
Enya (born Eithne Patricia Ní Bhraonáin on 17 May 1961, Gaoth Dobhair, County           
Donegal, Ireland), sometimes presented in the media as Enya Brennan, is an Irish         
singer and songwriter. She is Ireland's best-selling solo artist and is                   
officially the country's second biggest musical export (second only to U2).               
Her works have earned her four Grammy Awards and an Academy Award nomination and         
is also famous for performing in 10 different languages during her lengthy               
career. Enya is an approximate transcription of how Eithne is pronounced in her           
native Irish, in the Donegal dialect.                                                     
Enya was born in Gweedore / Gaoth Dobhair, County Donegal, Ireland in 1961 to a           
musical family, the sixth of nine children. [7] Her grandparents were in a band           
that played throughout Ireland, her father was the leader of the Slieve Foy Band         
before opening a pub, and her mother played in a dance band and later taught             
music at the Gweedore Comprehensive School. Enya has four brothers and four               
sisters, several of whom formed the band An Clann As Dobhar in 1968. They                 
renamed the band Clannad in the 1970s.                                                   
In 1980, Enya worked with Clannad, the band composed of her siblings Máire (Moya),       
Pól, and Ciarán and twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan. Enya played the               
keyboard and provided backing vocals on their album Crann Úll (1980), although           
she was not officially a member of the group until the 1981 release Fuaim, when           
she appeared on the cover. In 1982, 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. Enya then formed her own recording               
studio, named "Aigle", which is French for "Eagle".                                       
Enya recorded two solo instrumental songs called "An Ghaoth Ón Ghrian" ("The             
Solar Wind") and "Miss Clare Remembers" that were released on the 1983 album             
Touch Travel. She was first credited as Enya (as opposed to Eithne) for writing           
some of the music for the 1984 movie The Frog Prince, which was released on a             
soundtrack album of the same title. Another early appearance on record followed           
in 1987, where Enya provided spoken (not sung) vocals on Sinéad O'Connor's debut         
album, The Lion and the Cobra. The title of the album is a partial English               
translation of Enya's Gaelic reading of Psalms 91:11-13 on the song "Never Get           
Enya was contracted to provide music for the soundtrack of the 1986 BBC                   
television documentary The Celts. The music she produced was featured on her             
first solo album, Enya (1987), but it attracted little attention at the time.             
The B-Side single "Eclipse" is actually a reversed and modified version of Enya's         
song "Deireadh An Tuath", from this 1987 album Enya. The song "Boadicea",                 
also from this album, would later be sampled by The Fugees on their single "Ready         
or Not" (1996), causing a brief stir because the group neither sought permission         
from Enya nor gave her credit initially, and by Mario Winans, who did give her           
credit (the Winans track, "I Don't Wanna Know" which features a rap by P. Diddy           
and is officially credited to all three artists, became Enya's highest charting           
single in the US, when it peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 in 2004).