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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 folk band Clannad in on keyboards and backing vocals. She left in with their manager and producer Nicky Ryan to pursue a solo career, with Ryan's wife Roma Ryan as her lyricist. Enya developed her sound over the following four years with multitracked 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 and the BBC documentary series The Celts , which was released as her debut album, Enya She signed with Warner Music UK , which granted her artistic freedom and minimal interference from the label.
The Very Best of Enya is the second greatest hits album by the Irish singer, songwriter and musician Enya , released on 23 November by Warner Bros. After promoting her previous studio album And Winter Came The album received mostly positive reviews from music critics and peaked at number 32 on the UK Albums Chart and number 55 on the Billboard in the United States. It spent a total of 56 weeks at number one on the Billboard New Age Albums chart. In a departure from her previous releases, Enya did not promote the album with interviews, appearances, or live performances. After promoting her seventh studio album And Winter Came She agreed to the project, and chose a selection with her longtime collaborators, producer and arranger Nicky Ryan and his wife, lyricist Roma Ryan. It is Enya's first greatest hits release since Paint the Sky with Stars , but unlike the first collection, Enya did not record new tracks for the release. The Very Best of Enya received mostly positive reviews from music critics.