Terry grew up completely surrounded by music. His uncles who played in bands, a mother who was a member of the Small Faces Fan Club in her teens and an avid fan of Otis Redding and all things Stax and other family members who were, and still are, avid vinyl record collectors.
Everything from The Beatles to Neil Young to Little Feat to Jackson Browne to Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis filled up hours and days and nights. Always writing from an early age, whether it be poems, short stories or just plain old commentary, Shaughnessy decided to take the next logical step and write songs in earnest, taking them out on the road in the beginning with just his voice and an acoustic guitar as backing.
Terry has also worked with producers Winston Rollins and the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and also with Tim Holmes of Death In Vegas.
With his band The Universal, Terry has also played along side, great legends those being Ian McLagan and Joe Strummer. Other shows have included sharing the stage with Ocean Colour Scene, Trio Valore, Steve Cradock, The Chords, The View, The Proclaimers, Secret Affair and legends that are The Zombies. Festivals appearances around Europe have also been a mainstay. Playing shows at Oxegen Festival, T in the Park, Glastonbury and Fest n Mind in France, to name but a few.
Terry and The Universal have won awards for Best Album at the Galaxy Awards and have also been voted Best Live Band by Rock Realms.
They have played anywhere and everywhere in the UK including the famous 100 Club in London, The Cavern in Liverpool and everything in between.
Terry has his own personal ethic of ‘Musician Minus Ego Plus Fire’. This meant that band members had to leave their egos at the side of the stage, with everyone becoming a slave to the song and all its needs.
Shaughnessy is currently writing and recording a new album after the release of the critically acclaimed LP ‘Songs From Another Life’ via London based independent label, Griffiths Records.
The song ‘Volcano’ will be the first single to be taken from the ‘Songs From Another Life’
Shaughnessy will tour extensively throughout 2017, both solo and with his band.