Named for tradition and raised by the sea.
Their stories and songs are now pieces of me’…
The lyrics by Maureen Ennis from the Song ‘John William’, speak of the lineage into which she and her sister, Karen, were born. Along with their sister, Teresa, the girls learned to sing around the time most people learn how to walk.
And while that may not be a unique thing for many people from Newfoundland and Labrador, the level of success they have attained since then, certainly is.
With a Juno award, a SOCAN award, multiple ECMA and Music NL awards and nominations, Maureen and Karen have performed in Australia, The Middle East, Europe, America and Canada, accumulating 3 gold records along the way and sharing the stage with such widely respected artists as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mary Black, Jann Arden and the Chieftains.
Having released 6 CD’s as the Ennis Sisters, ENNIS are poised to release their follow-up to the award winning album, ‘Lessons Learned’.
“I am so proud of all the music we’ve made, both as the Ennis Sisters and now as Ennis”, says Maureen. “ We feel like everything we’ve done in our career has led to this album. We had the privilege of over-seeing every aspect of this CD; from deciding what songs were going on there, to the production and recording, to the final sound and design.”
“It has been a tremendous amount of work, but more gratifying then anything,” explains Karen. “We were surrounded by some of the most talented people we know who raised the bar for us everyday. We felt completely free to see this project through in a way that makes us really satisfied with the final product.”
Produced by Maureen, The Fortunate Ones is an 11 song set featuring an original ballad from the internationally acclaimed Ron Hynes; Great Big Sea’s, Alan Doyle produced a rousing pub-style song that he co-wrote with Oscar winner, Russell Crowe; there’s a song by the iconic, Bob Dylan, a couple of traditional tunes including a set of tunes produced by Billy Sutton, featuring Karen on whistle, and 6 new tunes from the pen of Maureen and long time collaborator, Mark Murphy.
“Music has always been such a big part of our lives,” says Maureen. “As long as we’re able to maintain the passion that we have for playing live, we’ll continue to produce the kind of music that people expect from us at our shows. We feel like this CD is as close as we’ve come to capturing the live performance experience and we couldn’t be happier about that.”