Shonagh’s love for performing began at the tender age of five at Spotlight Stage School in Limerick.
She later went on to begin vocal training and competed in various competitions before going on to do a bMus and vocal studies at The Cork School Of Music. Shonagh’s chance came in when she auditioned and won a part in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical ‘The Beautiful Game’. She spent a year in the show after which Lloyd Webber became her mentor and she his ingénue.
With Lloyd Webber she went to New York to perform in a memorial concert at Ground Zero for the families of the victims of 9/11 which was captured by the world’s media. A couple of chat shows followed where Shonagh was scouted by record label Polydor with whom she later signed. Her album, Beautiful View, was released in 2003 and she toured that same year with Donny Osmond as his support act.
In 2005 she went on to play the lead part of Eponine in Les Miserables. She played the role for a year at The Queen’s Theatre and as soon as she left she went on to create the role of Elizabeth in the original cast of the musical Dirty Dancing. She played the role for two years at The Aldwych Theatre.
As well as her West End credits Shonagh has performed at sea on various luxury liners and sings as part of the duo ‘Richard and Shonagh’ and the vintage swing eight piece collective ‘The Prohibition Pop Band.’