Shawn Mendes is a Canadian singer and songwriter who rose to fame initially by posting six-second song covers. In particular, on the video-sharing application Vine. Not to mention, he is known for hits like “Stitches” and “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.”
Mendes earned a dedicated following that he cultivated through social media outlets. His talent, teen-idol good looks and built-in fan base quickly landed him a record deal. In 2014 his debut single, “Life of the Party,” charted at No. 24 on the Billboard 100, making the then 15-year-old Mendes the youngest artist to have a debut song within the Top 25.
Although he has been dubbed “the next Justin Bieber” — both are good-looking, successful and Canadian — his acoustic-driven and catchy songs are more aligned with his idol Ed Sheeran’s musical style and Mendes quickly transitioned to writing his own songs.
His loyal fans (of mostly tween and teenage girls) have supported his platinum-selling hits, as well as arena-size world tours, both as an opening act for Taylor Swift and as a headliner.
Shawn Mendes Background Information
Important to realize, Shawn Mendes was born Shawn Peter Raul Mendes on August 8, 1998, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In that case, to Karen Mendes (Rayment), a real estate agent, and Manuel Mendes, a businessman.
After all, his father is of Portuguese descent (from Lagos) and his mother is English (with deep roots in Dorset). Equally, Shawn Mendes has a sister by the name Aaliyah Mendes. In fact, Shawn was raised in Pickering, Ontario a Toronto suburb.
He first started posting cover videos on the social video app Vine in 2013 and picked up millions of followers in a matter of months, becoming well known for his six-second snippets of renditions of many popular songs.
Andrew Gertler discovered Shawn online in January 2014, bringing him to Island Records. Where he eventually signed and released his first single “Life of the Party” on June 2014.
He is the youngest artist to compose his own debut album in the top 25 with a debut song on the Billboard Hot 100. Of course, debuting at number 24 for the week ending July 12, 2014, at 15 years of age.
Career Beginnings in Music and Songwriting
At the beginning of his signing, Shawn Mendes toured as a member of the MagCon Tour (meet and greet convention). Alongside other young artists and social media sensations. Including,
- Nash Grier,
- Aaron Carpenter,
- Cameron Dallas,
- Matthew Espinosa,
- Taylor Caniff,
- Carter Reynolds,
- Sam Wilkinson,
- Dillon Rupp,
- Brent Rivera,
- Shawn Mendes,
- Hayes Grier,
- Jacob Whitesides,
- Jack Johnson,
- Jack Gilinsky,
- Chris Collins, and
- Mahogany Lox (their DJ).
Additionally, Shawn also was on a nationwide tour with Austin Mahone and released his debut major-label EP in July. With a debut album due out later in 2014.
In 2015 Shawn Mendes started his first tour. By 2017, he was selling out Madison Square Garden in 4 minutes and had two smashes hit albums. With number 1 songs like “Mercy”, “Treat You Better“, and “There’s Nothing Holding me Back“.
By the same fashion, Shawn Mendes released his first fragrance, “Shawn Signature” in late 2017. Further, Shawn’s most recent releases include “In my blood” and “Lost in Japan“.
Shawn Mendes Songs & Albums Overview
Not only was Mendes discovered by posting his performances on the Internet, but he also taught himself to play guitar via YouTube.
In 2014 Mendes released his Island Records debut, The Shawn Mendes EP, which soared to No. 5 on the music charts with sales topping 100,000. In 2015 he released his full-length debut, Handwritten, which came out at No. 1 in both the U.S. and Canada.
The single “Stitches” fared even better by reaching No. 1 in European music charts and the Top 10 in North America. Added onto that, his song “Believe” was featured in the Disney Channel musical Descendants.
While touring with Taylor Swift on her 1989 World Tour, Mendes collaborated with Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello on the track “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Above all, which became a Top 20 hit in the U.S. and Canada.
The track “Treat You Better” was also released shortly afterward and become a Top 10 hit.
The Illuminate Album & World Tour Campaign
In September 2016, Mendes released his second album, Illuminate. Describing his sophomore project, the budding artist found it to resemble the styles of Ed Sheeran and John Mayer.
And in keeping with those two artists, Mendes did virtually all of the songwriting for it. His efforts were a huge success, as he topped the charts and went platinum in the U.S. and Canada.
Shawn Mendes Relationship Affairs & Networth
Shawn Mendes has never confirmed his relationship with Lauren Arendse. But, fans have acknowledged Lauren as Shawn’s girlfriend of three years.
For your information, Shawn and Harley Baldwin go back in time when he was still a vine star. Whereby, the duo walked as a pair at the Met Gala carpet together but they have always been friends.
When they walked the red carpet together, fans speculated that they might be dating but they were not. Hailey is now engaged to Justin Bieber.
The estimated net worth of Shawn Mendes comes around $12 Million. The Canadian singer has even branched out into modeling and is now the new face of Emporio Armani watch.
At the age of 17, Shawn made into Forbes “30 under 30” list of influential people.
In summary, like his Canadian brother Justin Bieber, Shwan rose to fame initially by posting six-second songs cover on VINE. And now is an international sensation.
Moreover, his acoustic-driven and catchy songs are more aligned with his idol Ed Sheeran’s musical style.
Not forgetting, his talent, teen-idol good looks and built-in fan base quickly let him have his journey to stardom at a very early age.
In an interview, he revealed that he and his mum have matching tattoos of elephants inked onto their fingers. When it comes to Aaliyah, she is a celebrity herself having 650,000 followers on Instagram where she posts about her life.
His obsession with watching YouTube covers is what led him to post his own across social media. In reality, he became determined to pursue it, and also started taking vocal lessons.
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