'Entertainment and warmth’ are the only two necessities for a positive lifestyle as far as Ryan is concerned. At the tender of four years old Ryan O’Shaughnessy first heard the combination of metal tapping off a hard wood floor in sync with the Jazz piano. which fused together to become basis of his rhythmic inspiration. Growing up in an environment which allowed Ryan’s musical abilities and creative streak to blossom proved extremely important in the long run. Ryan recalls singing, ‘Where is Love’, from the musical Oliver when he was 5 years old to a crowd of teary eyed mothers as his very first memory. However there is footage to prove this was not his first public performance. Sitting tall in his high chair, Ryan can be seen singing a Boyzone classic at his sisters Communion Party.
His parents are most likely to blame for his musical streak, “My Mom has always had the voice of an angle, I think I learned all I now know about harmonies and melodies from her”. It was his fathers guitar that he picked up for the first time to learn Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven, which wasn’t hard to find, considering a guitar was never more then 2 moves away at his family home in Loughshinny where he grew up like all young boys, chasing girls and causing trouble. After holding a permanent role in ‘Fair City’, the most popular Irish TV soap for 9 years, Ryan decided to follow his ear and joined a band. Leaving behind the tv show and state education he ventured into the music world.
After a year of strenuous hard work with the Band, Ryan left and went back to school. During this year, Ryan began penning lyrics to vent his feelings. When the year was complete, Leaving Cert in hand. Ryan choose quite impulsively to take the Songwriting path and applied for a place at BIMM Dublin, who were enrolling for their very first year. He was accepted as a songwriter and began the journey in Sept 2011.
Summer 2012 was a turning point in Ryan's career when he was offered a recording contract with Sony Music RCA, which he openly accepted. His Debut Ep with lead track ‘No Name’ reached No.1 in Ireland and No.9 in the UK. He told me “It never hit me until I began my first live tour. People were actually paying to come hear me play”.