Loreena Mckennitt Biography
Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt 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. Loreena was born on February 17, 1957, in Morden, Manitoba, Canada, to Irish and Scottish descent parents Jack (died 1992) and Irene McKennitt (died 2011). She has also a Brother named Warren McKennitt.
McKennitt is a talented and hard working musician. She came through a lot of struggles to achieve a successful music career. At the beginning, she learned to play the Celtic harp and start busking at several places which later helped to release her first album Elemental. After giving a breakthrough performance by her songs, she continuously released a lot of albums by which she came into the spotlight. Some of the names of her popular albums are To Drive the Cold Winter, The Mask and Mirror, The Book of Secrets, Share the Journey, etc.
Similarly, during her career, McKennitt provided the music for The National Film Board documentary of The Burning Time. She also toured Europe supporting an English musician and composer, Mike Oldfield. Besides these, we can also see the appearances of her music in various movies such as The Santa Clause, Soldier, Jade, Holy Man, and so on. McKennitt is currently a supportive partner of the Golden Hat foundation since 2012.
Talking about her personal life, McKennitt is unmarried until to date. Beautiful women might have been in an affair during her past time but she has kept it very personal. She has not been bruited to involve in any kind of relationships nor there do any record of her boyfriend. Moreover, McKennitt has earned good amount of salary through her singing professions. Currently, her exact net worth is under review but according to sources, she has been earning no less than million dollars.
Born in Morden, Manitoba, Canada
An American Scholar, Loreena was born on February 17, 1957, in Morden, Manitoba, Canada. She is of Irish and Scottish descent born to parents Jack and Irene McKennitt. Loreena is best known for her refined and clear dramatic soprano vocals.
Released her first album
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).Edit
Won Juno Award
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.
Her fiance died
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.Edit
Founded The Cook-Rees Memorial Fund
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.
Honored by Wilfrid Laurier University
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.
Nominated in Grammy Award
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.