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Elusive Enya's music inspired by faith

January 27, 1996
Web posted at: 6:00 p.m. EST

Enya

From CNN Correspondent Gloria Hillard

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Like Madonna, Enya needs no last name. But as popular and pervasive as her ethereal music has become, little is known of Enya, the artist.

"A lot of people know Enya the music, but they don't know what I look like or what I do, and I think that's really good for me and for the music as well," says the Irish singer who has become a superstar in the metaphysical music genre. (153K AIFF sound or 153K WAV sound)

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Her latest album, "The Memory of Trees," was two years in the making. The title is inspired by Irish mythology and the sacredness of trees. (561K QuickTime movie)

"I draw a lot of inspirations from where I was brought up in the northwest of Ireland, County Donegal," she said. "I love to go back there, and the people are very proud of my success, but they also treat me as Enya growing up there."

One of nine children, Enya is named after a Celtic goddess. As a child, she spent time in a convent.

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"I've derived from religion what I enjoy, and it's more the spiritual side of that," she says. "It's something I can see come through in the melody and the music.

She is still surprised at times by the affect her music has on people, which many have described as "healing."

"When people sit to listen to the album they're experiencing ... a moment to themselves, and they start to think about their own life," she said.

Since 1988, Enya has been at the top of Billboard charts and has won a Grammy. She has yet to appear on stage, although she in considering it. For her first concert venue, she's thinking about a cathedral.

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