Shawn Peter Raul Mendes professionally known as just Shawn Mendes is Canadian singer, Songwriter and model. He was born on August 8, 1998 in Toronto, Ontario.
In 2012, at the age of 14, Mendes learned to play the guitar by watching tutorials on YouTube. Soon after, he started posting his work on YouTube. His covers included Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” which gained a massive amount of viewers on the social video app Vine. He instantly gained over millions of views and followers making him the third most followed musician on Vine.
Mendes was discovered online by artist manager, Andrew Gertler in November 2013 from where he then got in to Island Records in January 2014. In April the same year, he won the “Best Cover Song” contest hosted by Ryan Seacrest for his cover of “Say Something by A Great Big World. Later in May, he officially signed to Island Record.
Mendes released his first single “Life of the Party” on June 26, 2014 becoming the youngest to debut in the top 25 on the US Billboard Hot 100 with his single reaching number 24.
In 2014, he also released his self-titled debut EP followed by his debut studio album, Handwritten in 2015 which included the hit single “Stitches” that reached number one in the UK and the top 10 in the US and Canada. A year later, in 2016, Mendes released his second studio album, Illuminate. The album produced hits like “Treat You Better” and “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” which reached the top 10 in many countries.
His third studio album was released in 2018. The self-titled album’s lead single, “In My Blood” was described to be as the song that spoke of himself dealing with anxiety. All three of his albums debuted atop the US Billboard 200. The first one reigned at number one making Mendes one of five artists to debut at number one before the age of 18. He was also the third youngest artist to achieve three number one albums with his third album hitting number one too. In 2017, Mendes also became the first artist to land three number one singles on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. In 2018 he was the first to achieve four number one singles on the Adult Pop Songs chart before the age of 20.
Mendes headlined four concert tours which are namely #ShawnsFirstHeadlines, Shawn Mendes World Tour, Illuminate World Tour and Shawn Mendes: The Tour.
Shawn Mendes became a big name across the world. In 2018, Time named Mendes one of the 100 most influential people in the world on their annual list. He was also announced as the brand ambassador for Emporio Armani’s entire “Fall Winter 2018-2019” watch collection in June 2018. A month after, Pictures of Shawn Mendes wearing the new EA Connected smartwatches were shared on social media.
On February 16, 2019, the young star announced that he was the latest brand ambassador for Calvin Klein’s #MyCalvins campaign. During the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, SmileDirectClub released an advertisement showcasing a campaign between the company and Mendes with some of the proceeds going to many organizations that seek to improve children’s health as well as mental and emotional well-being. That same month, Emporio Armani released a black and white advertisement for their touchscreen smartwatches featuring an instrumental version of Shawn’s “In My Blood” with him boxing.
In May 2019, Calvin Klein launched their latest campaign, ‘I Speak My Truth in #MyCalvins’ with a video featuring Shawn Mendes, Billie Eilish, Bella Hadid, Chika, Noah Centineo, Troye Sivan, Kendall Jenner and more.
Among his accolades, Shawn Mendes has received many nominations and awards. Mendes has won a total of 13 Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) awards, 10 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA), 8 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards (MMVA), 8 Juno Awards, 3 BMI Awards, 2 American Music Awards (AMA) and the Allan Slaight Honor from Canada’s Walk of Fame. He was also nominated for 2 Grammy Awards.