Below opinion shows some reactions from Enya’s lovers:
Naturalwaves wrote: “If Enya were in a church choir here in Nigeria, I am very sure that I will never miss a service here cos of her Angelic voice. I have a whole lot of tracks from her and I listen to any one that goes with the mood. If I’m off to work in the morning in a bus and my earpiece is on,it has to be CARRIBEAN BLUE. If I’m working against time,it has to be STORMS IN AFRICA or THE MEMORY TREES. When I’m engaged in anything that requires topmost precision, concentration and brainwork, FAIRYTALE works for me because of the beat counts. Moreover, it is only a music genius that can sing a whole song with just LA-la-la and still make sense. Anyone that’s in doubt should just download FAIRYTALE. When some people told me that what I listen to is demonic, I went to carry out further research and there isn’t anything demonic about Enya. If U don’t listen well, u won’t even know that she’s speaking English in some of d songs. Well, I downloaded some of her Lyrics to assess the message critically, I got the English version to the ones she sang in Latin and again, nothing demonic. Or is it demonic to sing about nature? Aside listening to her voice,I follow the background Piano Play that accompanies the song and I must confess that she is a wonderful Pianist. Infact, Enya is one of the best Pianists in the world, her name must surely prop up when U search for the best Pianists.Enya is a Musical Aficionado! As for YANNI CHRISOMALIS, I don’t know how to describe that one cos I haven’t gotten the vocabulary yet and if I start talking about him and analysing his tracks, I will take this entire page +his music is so Philosophical maybe because of his Greek Origin. I have listened to a whole lot of music and I must say that ENYA and YANNI are 2 of the best Musicians in the whole wide world www.”
Visita wrote: “This afternoon i was listening to enya’s playlist on my music player, while reading. Some friends of mine came visiting and it wasn’t long after i had ushered them in before one of them recognized the voice from the music blaring from the sound system. ‘Is that not enya’? he asked and i replied in the affirmative…I was surprised because the track that was playing as at that time was not a popular one like ‘only time’ that almost everyone is familiar with. After a while he begged me to change it because it was making him feel uncomfortable and when i asked how a song could make someone feel uncomfortable he said enya’s songs are demonic and anyone who listened to it risked his/her soul being trapped by the devil. It wasn’t the first time i’ll be hearing it but what baffles me more is that most people who think of her song this way can’t even explain what makes her song demonic, i guess its because her genre is kinda unique…or what do you guys think?”
Jaymichael Wrote: “I love Enya. people assume or presume her songs to be demonic because of the language. she sings in her native old Celtic language and Latin and a bit of English. you know Latin is the language of magic and people associate the old Celtic language with pagan rites and rituals. she terms her music to be of the genre NEW AGE (music for the purpose of inducing relaxation) but she has won more awards as a musician of WORLD MUSIC (music influenced by local cultures) many people I know that presume her music to be kind of demonic are people that enjoyed ROBIN HOOD in their school days but they don’t find the programme or the sound track demonic. I do tell them do you know that Enya did that ROBIN HOOD sound track? some of my favourites include STORMS IN AFRICA, AMARANTINE, LONG LONG JOURNEY. EBUDAE, MAY IT BE, FAR AND AWAY…. I can’t begin to mention all. I just love Enya.”
Enya’s Religion and Political Views
Enya, whose real name is Eithne Ní Bhraonáin, was born and raised in Gaoth Dobhair, County Donegal, Ireland.
Unsurprisingly, considering she’s Irish, Enya was raised a Catholic.1 As an adult, she finds herself in a sort of purgatory when it comes to the religion of her upbringing. It seems that, in a way, she’s held on to Catholicism, but in a way, she’s let go of it. She has said she had “derived from religion” what she “enjoys”2 and left out the rest:
It’s difficult when you’ve been brought up Catholic to turn completely away from it… I’ve been known to go to church when there’s nobody else there. It’s very therapeutic when it’s quite empty. It’s so hard in a moment of despair not to say a prayer.
Then, at other times, she expresses a real distance from organized religion and claims only to be a “spiritual” person:
I consider myself to be a spiritual person, not necessarily a religious one, although I have to say that one of the highlights of my career was when I performed at the Vatican for the Pope and had an audience with him. My core beliefs would revolve around the idea that we should live to the best of our abilities — we should live and let live.
There is an undeniable spiritual quality to Enya’s music, and she acknowledges it, even admitting that spirituality inspires her creatively.5 And, her music is usually described as “New Age,” which is not only genre in the arts, but a sort of spiritual movement. Though, I can’t find anything to suggest that Enya herself follows any sort of New Age philosophy–if there is such a thing.
Politics and privacy
Enya seems the thoughtful type. I have no doubt she has political views, possibly about her country’s fiscal problems,6 her country’s long history of violence, known as “The Troubles,”7 some of which she must have witnessed. But she’s not talking. In fact, this mega-star–the richest woman in Ireland–is notoriously private and reserved.8
She is a generous donor to various charities, mostly involving sick children, but interestingly, the New York City Uniformed Firefighters Association’s Widows and Children Fund,9 indicating, perhaps that she was moved by the events of Sept. 11, 2001 in the U.S.
She’s a favorite of the King of Sweden too,10 but is that even a political position?
If there’s something we’ve missed, please do let us know.
More Facts About Enya:
Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin (anglicised as Enya Patricia Brennan; born 17 May 1961), better known professionally as Enya, is an Irish singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. Born into a musical family and raised in the Irish speaking area of Gweedore in County Donegal, Enya began her music career when she joined her family’s Celtic band Clannad in 1980 on keyboards and backing vocals. She left in 1982 with their manager and producer Nicky Ryan to pursue a solo career, with Ryan’s wife Roma Ryan as her lyricist. Enya developed her distinct sound over the following four years with multi-tracked vocals and keyboards with elements of new age, Celtic, classical, church, and folk music. She has sung in ten languages.
Enya’s first projects as a solo artist included soundtrack work for The Frog Prince (1984) and the 1987 BBC documentary series The Celts, which was released as her debut album, Enya (1987). She signed with Warner Music UK which granted her considerable artistic freedom and minimal interference from the label. The commercial and critical success of Watermark (1988) propelled her to worldwide fame, helped by its international top 10 hit single, “Orinoco Flow”. This was followed by the multi-million selling albums Shepherd Moons (1991), The Memory of Trees (1995) and A Day Without Rain (2000). Sales of the latter and its lead single, “Only Time”, surged in the United States following its use in the media coverage of the September 11 attacks. Following Amarantine (2005) and And Winter Came… (2008), Enya took an extended break from music; she returned in 2012 and released Dark Sky Island (2015).
Enya is known for her private lifestyle and has yet to undergo a concert tour. She is Ireland’s biggest selling solo artist and second overall behind U2, with a discography that has sold 26.5 million certified albums in the United States and an estimated 80 million albums worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. A Day Without Rain (2000) remains the best selling new age album with an estimated 16 million copies sold worldwide. Enya has won several awards throughout her career, including seven World Music Awards, four Grammy Awards for Best New Age Album, and an Ivor Novello Award. She was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for “May It Be”, a song she wrote for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin was born on 17 May 1961 in Dore, an area of the remote parish of Gweedore, County Donegal in northwestern Ireland. It is a Gaeltacht region where Irish is the primary language. Her name is anglicised as Enya Patricia Brennan, where Enya is the phonetic spelling of how Eithne is pronounced in Irish; “Ní Bhraonáin” translates to “daughter of Brennan”. The fifth of nine children, Enya was born into a Roman Catholic family of musicians. Her father Leo Brennan was the leader of the Slieve Foy Band, an Irish showband, and ran Leo’s Tavern in Meenaleck; her mother Máire Brennan (née Duggan), who has Spanish roots, was an amateur musician who played in Leo’s band and taught music at Gweedore Community School. Enya’s maternal grandfather Aodh was the headmaster of the primary school in Dore, and her grandmother was a teacher there. Aodh was also the founder of the Gweedore Theatre company.
Enya described her upbringing as “very quiet and happy.” At age three, she took part in her first singing competition at the annual Feis Ceoil music festival. She took part in pantomimes at Gweedore Theatre and sang with her siblings in her mother’s choir at St Mary’s church in Derrybeg. She learned English at primary school and began piano lessons at age four. “I had to do school work and then travel to a neighbouring town for piano lessons, and then more school work. I … remember my brothers and sisters playing outside … and I would be inside playing the piano. This one big book of scales, practising them over and over.” At eleven, Enya’s grandfather paid for her education at a strict convent boarding school in Milford run by nuns of the Loreto order, where she developed a taste for classical music, art, Latin and watercolour painting. “It was devastating to be torn away from such a large family, but it was good for my music.” Enya left the school at 17 and studied classical music in college for one year with the aim of becoming “a piano teacher sort of person. I never thought of myself composing or being on stage.”
1980–1985: Clannad and early solo career
In the 1970s several members of Enya’s family formed Clannad, a Celtic band with Nicky Ryan as their manager, sound engineer and producer and his future wife Roma Ryan assisting with tour management and admin duties. In 1980, after her year at college, Enya decided not to study music at university and instead accepted Ryan’s invitation to join the group with the aim of expanding their sound by incorporating keyboards and another backup vocalist. She toured across Europe and played an uncredited role on their sixth album, Crann Úll (1980), with a line-up of siblings Máire, Pól and Ciarán Brennan and twin uncles, Noel and Pádraig Duggan. Enya became an official and credited member by the time of their next album Fuaim (1981), which features a front cover photograph of her with the band. Nicky maintains it was never his intention to make Enya a permanent member, and realised she was “fiercely independent … intent on playing her own music. She was just not sure of how to go about it”. This sparked discussions between the two on the idea of using Enya’s voice to form a “choir of one”, a concept based on the “wall of sound” technique by Phil Spector that interested them both.
In 1982, during a Clannad tour of Switzerland, Nicky called for a band meeting as several issues had arisen and felt they needed to be addressed. He added, “It was short and only required a vote, I was a minority of one and lost. Roma and I were out. This left the question of what happened with Enya. I decided to stand back and say nothing”. Enya chose to leave to pursue a solo career with the Ryans, which initially caused some friction between the three and her family but she preferred being independent and disliked being confined in the group as “somebody in the background”. Nicky then suggested to Enya that either she return to Gweedore “with no particular definite future”, or live with him and Roma in their home, then located in the northern Dublin suburb of Artane, “and see what happens, musically”. After their bank denied them a loan, Enya sold her saxophone and gave piano lessons and the Ryans used what they could afford from their savings to build a recording facility named Aigle Studio, named after the French word for “eagle”, in a shed in their back garden, and rented it out to other artists to cover its costs. They formed a musical partnership in the process with Nicky as Enya’s producer and arranger and Roma her lyricist, and became directors of their music company, Aigle Music. In the following two years, Enya developed her playing and composing by recording herself recite classical pieces on the piano and listening back to them. The process was repeated until she started to improvise sections and develop her own piano arrangements. Her first composition was “An Taibhse Uaighneach”, Gaelic for “The Lonely Ghost”. During this time, Enya played the synthesiser on Ceol Aduaidh (1983) by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy and performed with the duo and Mhaonaigh’s brother Gearóid in their short lived group, Ragairne.
Enya’s first solo endeavour arrived in 1983 when she recorded two piano instrumentals, “An Ghaoth Ón Ghrian”, Gaelic for “The Solar Wind”, and “Miss Clare Remembers”, at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin which were released on Touch Travel (1984), a limited release audio cassette of music from various artists on the Touch label. She is credited as “Eithne Ní Bhraonáin” on its liner notes. After several months of preparation, Enya’s debut solo performance took place on 23 September 1983 at the National Stadium in Dublin that was televised for RTÉ’s music show Festival Folk. Nial Morris, a musician who worked with her during this time, recalled she “was so nervous she could barely get on stage, and she cowered behind the piano until the gig was over.”
At the suggestion of Roma, who thought Enya’s music would suit accompanying visual images, a demo tape of her compositions with Morris on additional keyboards was made and sent to various film producers. Among them was David Puttnam, who liked the tape and chose Enya to compose the soundtrack to the romantic comedy film The Frog Prince (1984), of which he served as executive producer. Enya wrote nine tracks for the film but found her songs were rearranged and orchestrated against her wishes by Richard Myhill except two tracks she sang on, “The Frog Prince” and “Dreams”, with the latter’s lyrics penned by Charlie McGettigan. Film editor Jim Clark later claimed the rearrangements were necessary as Enya found it difficult to compose to picture. Released in 1985 by Island Visual Arts, the album is the first commercial release that credits her as “Enya”. The change from Eithne to Enya originated from Nicky Ryan, who thought her name would be too difficult for people outside of Ireland to pronounce correctly, and suggested the phonetic spelling of her name. Enya looked back on the project as a good career move, but a disappointing one as “we weren’t part of it at the end”. She then sang on three tracks on Ordinary Man (1985) by Christy Moore. Mike Oldfield invited Enya to record harmony vocals on his 1985 single “Pictures in the Dark”, but she declined.