Michael Vincent Shaughnessy is a 30 year old song writer, performer, film composer and teacher. Born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, Michael has been involved with music his entire life. He began his classical and contemporary musical training at the age of 5 shortly after his mother discovered him playing 'God Bless America' on the old upright piano in the basement. He then began performing at nursing homes, church services, prisons and schools. Michael was very involved in Church worship music where he was leading song services as early as 11 years old. He began composing and songwriting at the age of 11. Later in High School he was awarded Classical and Jazz All-State honors for his musicianship in both categories. Michael then moved to Tulsa, Ok where he studied classical and Jazz vocal as well as piano where he graduated with honors from the Oral Roberts University School of Music in 1999. He continued his music career by moving to LA in the fall of 2002 with his new wife Karen to study at the UCLA extension program for film scoring. Since then He has scored numerous student films, an independent feature due to be out this year, a 10 episode series entitled 'God Chasers' and 'America at War' that airs on the Trinity Broadcasting Network as well as a number of commercials. He also scored the short Italian film 'Melanzane E Cioccolato' (Eggplant and Chocolate) that was just awarded the Fuji Audience Impact Award at the 2004 Angelus Awards in Hollywood, Ca. More important than all these things he is a husband of 6 years to Karen, and a father to Isaac(4), Abigail(2) and Silas 3(mo). Along with songwriting and composing, Michael is currently teaching music theory at a private school called the Lighthouse Christian academy in Santa Monica, Ca. Currently he has 30 private piano, vocal, film and guitar students. Michael's influences are many but some of his most prominent are Sting, U2, Aaron Copeland, John Williams and Michael W. Smith. He has worked alongside producers Gavin Christopher and Lee Curreri, Vinnie Colauita (Drummer for Sting), Bobby Watson (Bass player for Chaka Chan and Rufus), and many other successful musical artists. '11:54 PM (est)' on September 24th, 2004. This project was completed Spirit led and all the songs that were played and sung were completely spontaneous.