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Enya, the Irish singer, instrumentalist and composer, was born on  the 17 May 1961 in Gweedore, County Donegal.  She is Ireland's best-selling solo musical artist and, after U2,  is officially the country's second biggest musical export. Her works have earned her 4 Grammy Awards as well as an Academy Award nomination. She is also famous for performing in 10 different languages during her long career.

Musical upbringing and Clannad
Enya was born into a musical family in Gweedore, the sixth of nine children. Her grandparents were in a band that played throughout Ireland. Leo, her father, was the lead singer of the Slieve Foy Band before opening a pub, and her mother played in a local band and later taught music at the Gweedore Comprehensive School. Enya attended secondary school at  Loreto College, Milford near Letterkenny.  Enya has four brothers and four sisters, several of whom formed the world renowned Clannad band in the 1970s

Enya worked with Clannad in the early years. She played the keyboard and provided backing vocals on their album Crann Úll (1980), even though 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  the soundtrack music to  " Harry's Game," producer and manager Nicky Ryan left the group and Enya joined him to start her own solo career. Enya went on to establish her own recording studio, named "Aigle"( French for "Eagle").

In 1985, film producer David Puttnam commissioned Enya to write music for his film The Frog Prince.  In 1986, BBC TV began work on a 6 part documentary series charting the history and  cultural influence of the Celts. Enya was signed to write and perform music for the series. "The Celts" was first shown in 1987 and a selection of its music released under the title "Enya", giving the artist her first album, largely unnoticed at the time. Her 'big break' came in 1987 when she was signed by Rob Dickins, head of WEA Music UK, after he had heard and been entranced by the "Enya" album.  The backing of WEA made the recording of "Watermark" possible and the album was released in 1988. Although no singles were originally planned, it was the release "Orinoco Flow" (Sail Away) that brought Enya to public attention and resulted in an unexpected chart number one in several countries. She continued the success with her next albums "Shepherd Moons" and "The Celts"..

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