This animation is several stills of Enya performing "Only If" 1/12/97 before the English Royal Family:
Biography Of Enya (born Eithne Ní Bhraonáin): "At the beginning, I found EITHNE was difficult for people to say 'Enya' with because it's Gaelic and the TH in Gaelic we don't pronounce, so I was always known as 'Enya'. And, I did a phonetic spelling of this name so as I would always be called 'Enya'. But the second part is very difficult, it's "Ní Bhraonáin"(Ni = Daughter of & Bhraonáin = Brennan), so I decided to keep it brief, and just keep 'Enya'. So when everybody says Enya you are speaking a little bit of Gaelic." - Enya
With her blend of folk melodies, synthesized backdrops, and classical motifs, Enya created a distinctive style that more closely resembled new age than the folk and Celtic music that provided her initial influences. Enya is from Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland, which she left in 1980 to join the Irish band Clannad, the group that already featured her older brothers and sisters. She stayed with Clannad for two years, then left, hooking up with producer Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan, with whom she recorded film and television scores. The result was a successful album of TV music for the BBC. Enya then recorded Watermark (1988), which featured her distinctive, flowing music and multi-overdubbed trancelike singing; the album sold four million copies worldwide. Watermark established Enya as an international star and launched a successful career that lasted well into the '90s.
Enya (born Eithne Ní Bhraonáin) was born into a musical family. Her father, Leo Brennan, was the leader of the Slieve Foy Band, a popular Irish show band; her mother was an amateur musician. Most importantly to Enya's career, was her siblings, who formed Clannad in 1976 with several of their uncles. Enya joined the band as a keyboardist in 1979, and contributed to several of the group's popular television soundtracks. In 1982, she left Clannad, claming that she was uninterested in following the pop direction the group had begun to pursue. Within a few years, she was commissioned, along with producer/arranger Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan, to provide the score for a BBC-TV series called The Celts. The soundtrack was released in 1986 as her eponymous solo album.
Enya didn't receive much notice, but Enya and the Ryans' second effort, Watermark, became a surprise hit upon its release in 1988. "Orinoco Flow," the first single, became a number one hit in Britain, helping the album eventually sell eight million copies worldwide. Enya spent the years following the success of Watermark rather quietly; her most notable appearance was a cameo on Sinead O'Connor's I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got. She finally released Shepherd Moons, her follow-up to Watermark, in 1991. Shepherd Moons was even more successful than its predecessor, eventually selling over ten million copies worldwide; it entered the U.S. charts at number 17 and remained in the Top 200 for almost four years.
Again, Enya was slow to follow up on the success of Shepherd Moons, spending nearly four years working on her fourth album. The record, entitled Memory of Trees, was released in December of 1995. Memory of Trees entered the U.S. charts at number nine and sold over two million copies within its first year of release. 1997 saw the release of a greatest-hits collection, Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya, which featured two new songs. Enya's first album of new material in five years, Day Without Rain, was released in late 2000. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide
Enya released several singles and remixes in 2001, and in 2002 was included on the soundtrack to the movie The Lord Of The Rings - The Fellowship of The Ring. She was nominated for an Oscar that year for one of her songs "May It Be" from the soundtrack album. She went on in 2002 to win the Grammy. In 2002 Enya got a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for "best original song" with "May It Be". Wins a new Grammy Award for "Best New Age Album" with A Day without Rain. Wins three World Music Awards: "best- selling Female artist", "best-selling New Age artist" and "best-selling Irish artist", and wins the award for "best pop-rock single" with "Only Time" in the Echo Awards (Germany).
She lives a very solitary and private life now in Killiney in Co.Dublin. She has recently purchased an old castle (Ayesha Castle) reportedly for £2.5 million, and is renovating it so she can move in. She lives on her own now and says she feels that it's better that way.