Shepherd Moons Album is by Enya. The album was released under the Warner Music record label in the United Kingdom on the 4th of November 1991 and the United States on the 19th of that month.
Her third studio album after Enya ( 1987 ) and Watermark ( 1988 ), received mostly positive reviews in the music press.
The Shepherd Moons album, recorded and mastered at studios in both Dublin and London, continued to use Enya’s now familiar style of multi-tracked vocals, keyboards and elements of Celtic and New age, a label for her music that the singer dislikes being attached to her style.
Enya worked on the Shepherd Moons album along with Nicky and Roma Ryan, both of who have become longtime collaborators. Nicky is her manager, producer and arranger, while his wife Roma is a lyricist who has worked with the singer on many of her biggest hits.
After the massive success of Watermark, Enya put herself under pressure to write material that would match the quality of her previous work. She decided that blank canvas was needed and set about constructing a strong melody first, building on that by adding piano and vocals in her native Irish, she also sings in English and Latin.
The Shepherd Moons album not only became a commercial success but picked up awards including a Grammy for Best New Age Album in 1993. The album has been certified 5x Platinum in the United States and Spain, 4x Platinum in the United Kingdom and 3x Platinum in Argentina, Australia and Canada. In the Netherlands and Belgium, it has been certified 2x Platinum with Platinum in Ireland. In France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan, the album has been awarded Gold. Estimated worldwide sales of the album are in the region of 13 million copies.
The lead single, ” Caribbean Blue “, was released on the 7th of October 1991. The single peaked at number thirteen in the UK and eight in Ireland. In the United States, ” Caribbean Blue ” reached number seventy-nine on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached number fourteen on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks and two on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts in the country. The single peaked inside the Top forty in Holland, Sweden and Switzerland, in Germany it peaked at number fifty.
The accompanying music video is made up of visual imagery based on the work of Maxfield Parrish, the American painter. Martine McCutcheon, the British actress and singer, who topped the UK Singles Chart in 1999 with her debut single ” Perfect Moment “.
The Shepherd Moons album went on to become a commercial success for Enya. In the United Kingdom, the album entered the UK Albums Chart on the 16th of November 1991 and reached Number One, a position it held for one week. It spent seven weeks in the Top Ten and 110 weeks in the Top 100.
In the United States, the album peaked at number seventeen and has to date spent 238 weeks on the chart there.
Elsewhere, the Shepherd Moons album peaked inside the Top Ten in Canada, Australia, Holland, New Zealand, Spain and Sweden. In Norway, it reached number two.
Enya ( Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin ) is a 4x Grammy Award-winning Irish singer, songwriter, musician and producer.
Enya’s career began when in 1980 she joined her family’s Celtic band, Clannad. She played keyboards and provided backing vocals. She left Clannad in 1982 to pursue a solo career.
To date, Enya’s album releases are nine studio and three compilations. She has released twenty-one singles and made some other appearances on various tracks for other artists.
According to Nielsen Soundscan, the US and Canada sales tracking system, Enya has sold over 26.5 million albums in the United States alone, which makes her one of the best-selling artists in the country.
She has had five consecutive albums in the Top Ten on the Billboard 200 Chart. With worldwide record sales of over 80 million units, Enya is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Shepherd Moons Album Track Listing:
1. Shepherd Moons
2. Caribbean Blue
3. How Can I Keep from Singing?
6. No Holly for Miss Quinn ( Instrumental )
7. Book of Days
9. Lothlórien ( Instrumental )
10. Marble Halls
11. Afer Ventus