The Ennis Sisters

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Ennis
Origin St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Genres Celtic music
Folk rock
Roots music
Country pop
Years active 1997 – Present
Labels Ennis Sisters (2000)
Warner Canada (2004)
Rounder Records (2003)
Open Road (2007)
Website www.ennismusic.com
Members Maureen Ennis
Karen Ennis
Past members Teresa Ennis

Ennis, formerly known as The Ennis Sisters is a Canadian musical family group from St. John's, Newfoundland.

Biography[edit]

The Ennis Sisters, Maureen, Karen and Teresa, started playing music at a young age, encouraged by their father John and their mother Ceilie.[1] The trio released their first album, Red is the Rose, on June 25, 1997. The album sold 15,000 copies within 18 months of release, and has gone on to sell more than 40,000 units.[2] By the end of the year, the album was named Best Folk Album by the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland & Labrador (MIA).[3] The following year, they received Female Artists of the Year and Group of the Year awards from the MIA.[4]

The Ennis Sisters released their second album, Christmas on Ennis Road, in 1998. The album also landed the girls their own Christmas special on CBC, An Ennis Road Christmas.[4] In 1999, Maclean's magazine named the trio one of the Top 100 young Canadians to watch.[5]

They returned to the studio to record their third album, Three, in 2000. The same year, they received an East Coast Music Association (ECMA) award for Album of the Year.[6] The album was also named Album of the Year by the MIA.[7] In the spring of 2000, the group signed with Natalie MacMaster's manager Andre Bourgeois. The group worked with Bourgeois from 2000 until late 2003. At the 2001 ECMA Awards in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, held on February 11, the girls were named Roots/Traditional Group of the Year. That same weekend, The Ennis Sisters received a two-album record deal from Warner Music Canada.[8] They began recording their major label debut with producer Tim Thorney at Great Big Music Studios.

The Ennis Sisters' fourth album, simply titled The Ennis Sisters, was released on October 9, 2001. The first single, "It's Not About You," reached the top 5 on Canadian Country Radio, and the top 10 on Canadian adult contemporary radio.[6] The video was played on both MuchMoreMusic and CMT in Canada.[9] In 2002, Maureen won the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) award for top grossing Canadian Country Song of the Year for the album's second single, "I'd Never Walk Away."[6] That same year, the Ennis' won a Juno Award for Best New Country Artist/Group.[10] They were once again named Group of the Year at the 2002 ECMA Awards.[11]

In August 2002, they signed a distribution deal with Rounder Records to re-release their latest album in the United States.[12] The album, now titled It's Not About You, was released on April 15, 2003. Meanwhile, they released their fourth album in Canada, Can't Be the Same, on November 18, 2003. That 2003 release went on to win the 2004 ECMA Award for Best Roots/Traditional Group Recording.[13]

The Ennis Sisters released their latest album, Be Here for a While, in 2007.

Youngest Ennis sister, Teresa Ennis, plans release of new recording, 'Space'[1], late in summer 2007. The project is not intended to be a departure from the group but a side project recorded during down time between work with the group.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album
1997 Red is the Rose
1998 Christmas on Ennis Road
2000 Three
2001 The Ennis Sisters
2003 It's Not About You
Can't Be the Same
2007 Be Here for a While

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2001 "It's Not About You" The Ennis Sisters
2002 "I'd Never Walk Away"
"Without You"
2006 "Holding On" Be Here for a While

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2002 Juno Awards of 2002 Best New Country Artist/Group Won
Canadian Country Music Association Group or Duo of the Year Nominated
Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award Nominated
2003 Group or Duo of the Year Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ennissisters.com | the girls
  2. ^ Avondale Music - Catalogue
  3. ^ Celtic musical artists and recordings (not comprehensive)
  4. ^ a b allmusic ((( Ennis Sisters > Biography )))
  5. ^ Ennissisters.com | the girls
  6. ^ a b c http://www.ennissisters.com/press.php?prid=42
  7. ^ Ennissisters.com | albums
  8. ^ Ennis Sisters Official Site - Bio
  9. ^ Ennis Sisters
  10. ^ Ennis Sisters
  11. ^ Ennis Sisters
  12. ^ Ennis Sisters
  13. ^ Ennis Sisters

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