Shawn Mendes is an award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter who first rose to fame on the video-sharing platform Vine, where a recording executive discovered him and signed him. Since then, Shawn has released several albums and multiple hit singles, including “In My Blood,” “Treat You Better” and “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.”
Shawn has won dozens of awards for his work and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. In addition, in 2018, TIME Magazine named Shawn one of the most influential people in the world.
Shawn Peter Raul Mendes was born on August 8, 1998 to parents Karen and Manuel in Ontario, Canada. His father is Portuguese and his mother is British. He has one sibling: a sister named Aaliyah.
Growing up, Shawn played sports, joined the school’s Glee club and even acted and sang in the school’s stage productions. At one point, he even auditioned for the Disney Channel.
As of September 2020, Shawn Mendes has more than 4 million followers on TikTok, 56 million followers on Instagram, 25.5 million followers on Twitter, 8.1 million fans on Facebook, and 26 million subscribers on YouTube.
Shawn’s career started in 2012 when he taught himself how to play guitar on YouTube — and shortly after, began posting cover videos of himself on his channel. Less than a year later, Shawn joined Vine and got a lot of attention when he posted a cover of Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” to the platform. The next day, he had more than 10,000 likes and just as many followers.
By 2014, Shawn had become one of the most-followed musicians on Vine. He got his big break around that time when Artist manager Andrew Gertler discovered Shawn and signed with Islands Records in 2014. The same year, he won Ryan Seacrest’s “Best CoverSong” contest with “Say Something” from A Great Big World.
Shawn began to release music in 2014. He released his self-titled debut EP, “Shawn Mendes,” in 2014. His first studio album, “Handwritten,” came out in 2015. The single “Stitches” reached the top 10 in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.
His second studio album “Illuminate” was released in 2016 and featured the hit singles “Treat You Better” and “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.” The singles charted top ten in many countries.
In 2018, his third studio album, titled “Shawn Mendes” charted once again with the single “In My Blood” becoming an instant hit.
In 2019, he released two popular singles: “If I Can’t Have You” and “Señorita.” Both reached the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 on debut.
Shawn has seen great success as a musical artist from a young age. The singer-songwriter became one of the first artists ever (of five total) to debut at number one before turning 18 years old. He was the third youngest artist to have three number-one singles on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart before he turned 20 years old.
In addition, in 2018. Shawn had four number one singles on the Adult pop Songs chart before turning 20, making him the first artist to do so.
Shawn has received a number of awards for his music, including 13 SOCAN awards, 10 MTV EMAs, eight Juno Awards, 8 iHeartRadio MMVAs, 2 AMAs, and three total Grammy Award nods.
In addition to his musical work, Shawn Mendes signed with Wilhelmina Models in 2016 and has walked a number of runways and participated in several photoshoots. Notably, Shawn Mendes became the 2019 brand ambassador for Calvin Klein’s #MyCalvins campaign.
Shawn has worked on several philanthropic efforts as well. He has donated time and money to DoSomething.org, Pencils of Promise, American Red Cross, the Mercury Phoenix Trust and more.
Shawn has been open about his personal life. He disclosed in a 218 interview that he was going through therapy to help with his anxiety.
In 2019, he started dating fellow singer Camilla Cabello. The pair faced some controversy, with some saying the relationship was a publicity stunt, but Shawn shot down the rumors.
In 2018 TIME Magazine named Shawn one of the most influential people in the world.
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