Loreena Mckennitt Biography


Loreena Mckennitt

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Birth Name: Loreena Mckennitt
Birth Country: Canada
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Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt, CM OM (born February 17, 1957) is a Canadian musician, harpist, accordionist, composer and pianist who writes records and performs world music with Celtic and Middle Eastern themes. She is popular in the world for her refined and clear dramatic soprano vocals. She was born in Morden, Manitoba, Canada. She is of Irish and Scottish descent to parents Jack (died 1992) and Irene McKennitt (1931–2011). In 1981, she moved to Stratford, Ontario. During her childhood days, she wanted to become a veterinarian; she would later state that music chose her rather than her it.

There is no real information about her personal life like her love affairs, married life, boyfriend and her divorce. But somewhere it is stated that in 1998, her fiancé Ronald Rees, his brother Richard and their close friend Gregory Cook drowned in a boating accident on Georgian Bay. After that incident, she was deeply affected and subsequently founded the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety in the same year.

McKennitt is a great musician. Her first album, Elemental, was released in 1985. And then after two years, she released To Drive the Cold Winter Away (1987) followed by Parallel Dreams (1989), The Visit (1991), The Mask and Mirror (1994), A Winter Garden (1995), The Book of Secrets (1997), An Ancient Muse (2006), A Midwinter Night’s Dream (2008), and The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2010). All of these records are released under her own label, Quinlan Road. In 1998, The Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety was founded. Since its start, it has raised fund that net worth more than $4 million in support of water safety education, as well as search, rescue and recovery operations. It is believed that she is earning a huge salary from her career.

 

 

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Born on Morden, Manitoba, Canada

1957 17th of December

She was from a humble background. She was born in Morden, Manitoba, Canada. She is of Irish and Scottish descent to parents Jack (died 1992) and Irene McKennitt (1931–2011). In 1981, she moved to Stratford, Ontario. During her childhood days, she wanted to become a veterinarian; she would later state that music chose her rather than her it.

 

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Released her first album

1985

McKennitt is a great musician. Her first album, Elemental, was released in 1985. And then after two years, she released To Drive the Cold Winter Away (1987) followed by Parallel Dreams (1989), The Visit (1991), The Mask and Mirror (1994), A Winter Garden (1995), The Book of Secrets (1997), An Ancient Muse (2006) and A Midwinter Night’s Dream (2008).

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Won Juno Award

1992

She released lots of albums in her life and she has sold more than 14 million records worldwide. In 1992, she won Juno Award, Best Roots/Traditional Album 1992 for The Visit. She was also crowned with this award in 1994 for The Mask and Mirror.

 

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Her fiance died

1998

There is not exact information about her personal matters, but somewhere it is stated that in 1998, her fiancé Ronald Rees, his brother Richard and their close friend Gregory Cook drowned in a boating accident on Georgian Bay. After that incident, she was deeply affected and subsequently founded the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety in the same year.

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Founded The Cook-Rees Memorial Fund

1998

In 1998, The Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety was founded. Since its start, it has raised fund that net worth more than $4 million in support of water safety education, as well as search, rescue and recovery operations.

 

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Honored by Wilfrid Laurier University

2002

In 2002, she was honored with the Honorary Doctor of Letters by Wilfrid Laurier University. In 2005, she also received Honorary Doctor of Laws from University of Manitoba, June 2005 and also from Queen's University in October 2005.

 

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Nominated in Grammy Award

2007

Loreena has been nominated in lots of prestigious awards throughout her life. In 2007, she was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Contemporary World Music Album. In 2012, she was also nominated in a Grammy award for Best New Age Album.

 

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