Originally conceived as a Christmas record, 'And Winter Came' revealed itself to be a broader seasonal album during the recording of the ten original songs and two holiday classics.
Says Enya, "I always wanted to do a Christmas album, but as we began recording, I didn't feel it was right to impose a Christmas theme on certain songs." Nicky Ryan elaborates, "it evolved into more an Enya album based in a winter landscape where Christmas arrives here and there."
'And Winter Came' comprises ten new compositions that evoke the changing landscape of winter and the cheerful, festive moments that Christmas brings. Furthermore, Enya performs a soaring rendition of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," and a new version of "Silent Night" ("Oiche Chiuin"), a song Enya sings in Gaeilge, that has proved hugely popular over the years. Explains Enya, "It was exciting to re-live 'Silent Night' because it's twenty years since I first recorded it and it is a particular favorite of mine. It is re-released every year in America and it was so nice to go back and do something different with it."
'And Winter Came' is Enya's seventh studio album, and the latest milestone in a career that includes over 70 million albums sold worldwide, four Grammy awards, and an Oscar nomination for "May it Be" from 'Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of The Ring'. The first single, "Trains and Winter Rains," will go to radio on September 29th.
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