Enya was born in Gaoth Dobhair in Ireland, the sixth of nine children. She came from a musical background, and joined the band of some of her siblings and two of her uncles, Clannad, to play keyboards. After a few years, she left together with their manager Nicky Ryan, and pursued a solo-career. Enya, who was, like J.R.R. Tolkien, a devout catholic, included an instrumental song Lothlórien on her third album, Shepherd Moons. Her music style became an iconic Celtic and Irirsh inspiration for several films and artists; the music of Titanic was heavily inspired by her music.
She performed vocals on two tracks of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which she also composed together with Roma Ryan. Aníron was the love-theme for Aragorn and Arwen, and the Academy Award-nominated May It Be was included in the closing credits. Following her introduction to Quenya and Sindarin, Roma Ryan created her own language, Loxian.
- 1991: Shepherd Moons
- 2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
- 1993 - Grammy Award, Best New Age Album, Shepherd Moons
- 2002 - Critics' Choice Award, Best Song, "May It Be"
- 2002 - Sierra Award, Best Song, "May It Be"
- 2002 - PFCS Award, Best Original Song, "May It Be"