The Best of the Articles & Interviews
Enya through Watermark:
By far, the best of the Hot Picks are from this era. Enya was a fresh face, a fresh voice, bringing out music that no one had ever heard before. She was interviewed by some of the best music industry reporters. At 27 years old and not entirely certain of how long her career would last, Enya was far more open in her responses than she would be eight years later with the release of The Memory of Trees. In her responses, you can sense the excitement and the determination of a young woman standing on the brink of an extraordinary career.
If you read nothing else out of this era, you have to read the articles published in Hot Press magazine. Hot Press reporters Bill Graham and Niall Stokes not only interviewed Enya, but captured the excitement and expectation of a young artist at the start of her career.
Enya, the Latest Score, Hot
Press. Spring 1987. Bill Graham.
Going with the Flow, Hot Press
October 1988. Niall Stokes
Growing with the Flow, Hot
Press. November 1988. Niall Stokes
Around the World in 300 Days,
Hot Press. December 1989. Enya and Roma Ryan.
The Country Girl, Tracks. January 1989.
Enya, Clannad's Little Sister
Sails Away, Musician. May 1989.
Miss Prim of Pop, Daily Mail.
January 1989. Anne Barraclough.
No Sex and the Single Girl,
Mail on Sunday. February 1989. Max Bell.
It was a still-wary but more media-savvy Enya who rolled out Shepherd Moons in late 1991. Reporters who had met her previously during the Watermark promotion noted that Enya approached interviews with more confidence. Perhaps she did, but Nicky Ryan was still often at her side. There's something else journalists began to fix upon during the roll-out of Shepherd Moons: Enya's private life. And as reporters note that she still won't talk about her life outside of music, the barbs they throw have more sting to them.
Haunting, Ethereal, Mystical. Q Magazine. May 1992. Giles Smith.
Shepherd Moons Rise over
the Watermark. Irish Times. October 1991.
Enigmatic Enya moves ahead with Shepherd Moons. The Boston Globe. Jim Sullivan. December 1991. This is the first of Jim Sullivan's interviews with Enya. He would interview her again during the promotion of The Memory of Trees.
A Day in the Life of Enya.
The Sunday TImes. Anne McFerrin. Mid-1992.