Ryan O'Shaughnessy

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Ryan O'Shaughnessy
Born (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 24)
Origin Skerries, Dublin
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2001–present
2001–2010 (as actor)
Labels Sony, Syco, RCA (2012–present)

Ryan O’Shaughnessy (Irish: Rían Ó Seachnasaigh) (born 27 September 1992) is an Irish singer-songwriter and former actor from Skerries, Dublin, known for reaching the final of the sixth series of Britain's Got Talent in May 2012, finishing in fifth place, as well as appearing on the first series of The Voice of Ireland.

Early and personal life[edit]

Ryan is the youngest of three children. He has an elder brother named Graham and sister named Apryl. Ryan was a student in DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology) undertaking a music course as part of BIMM (Brighton Institute of Modern Music) in Dublin, Ireland.[1] He describes himself as a "versatile singer". He joined the Billie Barry Stage School when he was 4, and believes this is where he learnt his craft. He plays guitar, piano and saxophone while producing and writing for various artists.

Acting career[edit]

Fair City[edit]

O'Shaughnessy played the part of orphaned Mark Halpin in Irish soap Fair City for 9 years (2001–2010)

Music career[edit]

The Voice of Ireland[edit]

O'Shaughnessy entered The Voice of Ireland in 2012. At his audition he sang "The Power of Love", at which he defaulted to Brian Kennedy's team.[2] For the battle shows he was put up against Colin Hand. They performed "One" by U2. Kennedy decided to send Ryan through to the live shows.[3]

Britain's Got Talent[edit]

After the battle rounds but before the live shows of The Voice of Ireland, O'Shaughnessy auditioned for Britain's Got Talent. He performed a self-written song called "No Name". The inspiration behind the song was a girl he had a crush on. He received three yeses from Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams. The audition aired after his elimination from The Voice of Ireland. At that time, O'Shaughnessy was contracted to record company Universal Records. One week before the live shows of The Voice of Ireland, the Britain's Got Talent call-backs were held. The judges were going to send O'Shaughnessy through to the live shows, but due to his place on the live shows on The Voice of Ireland and contract with Universal, he was disqualified. It was later announced that O'Shaughnessy would appear in the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent after being released from his contract with Universal.[4]

He performed in the last semi-final where he performed another original song entitled "First Kiss". He received the most votes and was automatically sent through to the final.[5] For the final, he performed "No Name" a second time and placed 5th in the competition, with 4.8% of the vote.

Post Britain's Got Talent[edit]

On 19 May 2012, it was announced O'Shaughnessy had signed a record deal with Sony Music. His first single "No Name" was released on 5 August, and he released his debut mini-album Ryan O'Shaughnessy on 13 August 2012. The mini-album contains six songs which are all penned by O'Shaughnessy himself, which includes the song "First Kiss", which he performed on Britain's Got Talent.[6] On 10 August 2012, he performed in his hometown, meeting the fans and signing copies of his mini-album.[7] On 23 August, he performed No Name, his debut single, live on This Morning. On 30 August, he announced details of his first UK headline tour and played 11 dates throughout October 2012.[8]

In 2015 Ryan released 2 singles from his hidden catalogue; Fingertips and Evergreen

In Early 2016 Ryan released another single; She won't wait

O'Shaughnessy is currently working on his debut album, which was projected for release in July 2016.[9]

The Hit[edit]

In July 2013, it was announced that Ryan would be one of the artists taking part in the new Irish songwriting competition The Hit, going against his former The Voice coach Brian Kennedy.[10]

The show, which aired on 2 August 2013, saw six songwriters pitching their songs to both artists. In the initial stage each artist had to choose two of these six songs. O'Shaughnessy chose a song called "Blush" by Gavin Doyle and "Who Do You Love?" by Mark Graham & Frances Mitchell. O'Shaughnessy chose to release "Who Do You Love?" to enter the chart battle against Kennedy. O'Shaughnessy won the chart battle with the single charting at No.3 in the Irish Singles Chart beating Kennedy's song "Try" which charted at No.15.

On 30 August 2013 O'Shaughnessy, along with the four other chart battle winners, returned to perform their song live in The O2 for the Grand Finale with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.[11]

Bayview Records[edit]

In 2015 Ryan established Dublin based record label 'Bayview Records'.


Extended plays[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions
Ryan O'Shaughnessy 1 9


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2012 "No Name" 3 31 Ryan O' Shaughnessy
2013 "Who Do You Love?" 3 Non-album single
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ "Britain's Got Talent Judges predict a great future for DIT Student O'Shaughnessy". Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ryan O'Shaughnessy, Team Brian". Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "The Voice of Ireland – Contestants – Ryan O'Shaughnessy". Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "BGT Singer Ryan Fired Then Rehired". Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ryan O'Shaughnessy is viewers' choice". Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "'BGT' Ryan O'Shaughnessy announces debut single 'No Name'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "BGT star Ryan performs today in Dublin". RTÉ Ten. RTÉ. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "'Britain's Got Talent's Ryan O'Shaughnessy announces headline UK tour". Digital Spy. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Hit – Episode Two". Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Final line-up of artists for The Hit announced". RTÉ Ten. 
  11. ^ "Top 5 Hit for O'Shaughnessy". RTÉ Ten. 
  12. ^ a b "Ryan O'Shaughnessy – Irish Charts". irish-charts.com/ Hung Medien. 
  13. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company – Ryan O'Shaughnessy". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 

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