Shawn Mendes - Biography
Shawn Peter Raul Mendes is a singer and songwriter from Canada. In 2013, he acquired a following by uploading song covers on the video-sharing app Vine. The next year, he attracted the notice of artist manager Andrew Gertler and Island Records A&R Ziggy Chareton, which led to him securing a record contract with the label. Mendes released his self-titled first EP in 2014, followed by his debut studio album Handwritten in 2015. Handwritten premiered at number one on the US Billboard 200, making Mendes one of just five artists to do it before the age of 18. The single 'Stitches' peaked at number one in the United Kingdom and entered the top ten in the United States and Canada.
His second studio album, Illuminate (2016), likewise debuted at number one in the United States, with the songs 'Treat You Better' and 'There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back' hitting the top ten in a number of nations. The lead single off his self-titled third studio album (2018) was 'In My Blood.' With the album's number one debut in the United States, Mendes became the third-youngest artist to have three number one albums. In 2019, he recorded the successful songs 'If I Can't Have You' and 'Seorita,' the latter of which reached the top of the US Billboard Hot 100. Wonder (2020), Mendes' fourth studio album, making him the youngest male artist ever to top the Billboard 200 with four studio albums.
Mendes has earned 13 SOCAN awards, 10 MTV Europe Music Awards, eight Juno Awards, eight iHeartRadio MMVAs, two American Music Awards, three Grammy nominations, and one Brit Award nomination. Mendes was named one of the world's 100 most important people by Time magazine in 2018.
Shawn Peter Raul Mendes was born on August 8, 1998, in Pickering, Ontario, to real estate agent Karen Mendes (née Rayment) and businessman Manuel Mendes, who distributes bar and restaurant supplies in Toronto. His father is from the Algarve region of Portugal, while his mother is from England. Aaliyah, his younger sister, is his only sibling. He grew up in a devout household.
Mendes graduated from Pine Ridge Secondary School in June 2016, where he participated in ice hockey and soccer, joined his high school glee club, and honed his stage presence via acting classes (leading as Prince Charming at one point). In addition, he auditioned for Disney Channel in Toronto.
Mendes has been candid about his anxiety problems, which he revealed publicly in 'In My Blood,' a single from his third studio album. He said that he was receiving treatment to assist him cope with his mental health problem, stating:
I talked with a therapist a few times. What works for you is therapy. Therapy may be listening to music and jogging on the treadmill, or it can be going out to dinner with your friends—anything it's that distracts you and helps you recover, so it all depends on what you believe therapy is. I made a concerted effort to connect with the individuals in my life. I found myself shutting myself off from everyone, believing that would help me fight it, only to realise that the only way I was going to fight it was to fully open myself and allow people in.
Mendes responded to rumours regarding his sexuality by saying, 'First and foremost, I am not homosexual. Second, it shouldn't make a difference whether I was or wasn't. The emphasis should be on the music, not on my sexuality.'
Mendes lives in a central Toronto condominium.
Mendes was connected to Hailey Baldwin in 2018, and the two made their first public appearance together at the Met Gala in May of that year. He has been dating Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello since July 2019. Their connection, however, has caused controversy, since both have been accused of trying to establish a relationship for media purposes, but Mendes has maintained that it is 'absolutely not a PR ploy.'
Mendes learnt to play the guitar at the age of 14 by watching YouTube instructional videos. He began uploading cover videos on YouTube less than a year later. Mendes first gained attention after he uploaded a version of Justin Bieber's 'As Long as You Love Me' on the social video app Vine in 2013 and received 10,000 likes and the same number of followers the following day. Following that, he amassed millions of views and followers in a matter of months, becoming widely recognised for his six-second samples of numerous famous songs.
Mendes looked up to Bieber as a role model at the time. He was the third most-followed artist on Vine by August 2014. Andrew Gertler, an artist manager, found Mendes online in November 2013 and signed him to Island Records in January 2014. He won Ryan Seacrest's 'Best Cover Song' competition in April with 'Say Something' by A Great Big World. In May of 2014, he secured a contract with Island Records.
Mendes' full-length album Handwritten was released on April 14, 2015, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 list with 119,000 equivalent album units, selling 106,000 copies in its first week, and was certified platinum. Mendes thus became the youngest artist to debut at number one since Justin Bieber's My World 2.0 in 2013. 'Stitches,' the album's third single, reached at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100, marking his first top ten song in the country, as well as his first number one on the Adult Pop Songs and Adult Contemporary charts. The song subsequently went to number one in the United Kingdom.
Mendes also opened for Taylor Swift on her 1989 World Tour dates in North America in 2015, and she recorded 'Believe' for the soundtrack of the Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants. Mendes and Camila Cabello, who was a member of Fifth Harmony at the time, released their collaboration song 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' in late 2015. The song was featured on the release of Mendes' Handwritten Revisited album.
Mendes was named one of Time's '25 Most Influential Teens of 2014,' after being the youngest artist ever to debut in the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100. He was named one of Time's '30 Most Influential Teens of 2015,' after his first album topped the Billboard 200 and his song 'Stitches' charted in the top ten in the United States and other countries.
Mendes made his acting debut on The CW's The 100 third season premiere on January 21, 2016. He subsequently announced his second global tour as a headliner, the Shawn Mendes World Tour, which began in March 2016 and quickly sold out 38 concerts throughout North America and Europe.
In June 2016, Mendes released 'Treat You Better,' the first single off his second studio album. The song peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his second single to top both the Adult Contemporary and Adult Pop Songs charts, and was certified triple platinum in the United States. It also charted in the top ten in the United Kingdom. Illuminate debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 145,000 equivalent album units, including 121,000 in pure album sales, and was certified platinum. It debuted at the top of the Canadian charts, earning his second number one album in the nation.
On August 18, 2016, the second single, 'Mercy,' was released. It charted in the top 20 in the United States and the United Kingdom and was certified double platinum. In December 2016, Mendes released the live album Live at Madison Square Garden. On December 3, 2016, he performed as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
Mendes was named one of Time's 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016 and appeared for the first time on Forbes' 30 Under 30 2016: Music list. After his two albums topped the Billboard 200 and his song 'There's Nothing Holding Me Back' reached his sixth top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, he topped Billboard's 21 Under 21 list in 2017.
Mendes released the first song 'In My Blood' off his forthcoming third studio album on March 22, 2018, followed by the second track 'Lost in Japan' on March 23. 'In My Blood' topped the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart, making Mendes the first and only artist in history to have four number one songs before the age of 20. On May 3, the song 'Youth,' featuring American artist Khalid, was released.
On May 25, 2018, his self-titled studio album was released to great critical acclaim, with special appreciation for his songwriting and creative development. It debuted at number one in Canada, becoming his third number one album in the nation. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States, making Mendes the third-youngest artist to have three number-one albums.
Mendes appeared in a documentary produced by Casey Neistat, a YouTube sensation. The short video is part of YouTube's Artist Spotlight Story series, and it includes an interview with Mendes as well as backstage and behind-the-scenes footage from one of his tours. On September 22, the trailer for the forthcoming documentary was posted on YouTube. Shawn Mendes - Artist Spotlight Stories, a documentary, was released on September 28. Mendes and Neistat hosted a sneak screening of the film ahead of its official release date, to which select Mendes admirers were invited.
On September 27, Russian-German DJ Zedd released a remixed version of 'Lost in Japan.' On October 9, Mendes performed the remix version of the song at the 2018 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Onstage, he was accompanied by Zedd. Mendes was included to Billboard's '21 Under 21' list for the second year in a row, topping the list for the second year in a row for his chart success, having three consecutive number one albums.
Mendes was confirmed as one of the musical performers for the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 1, which was filmed in New York City in November and broadcast in December. On December 21, he released The Album, a three-song remix EP (Remixes). The EP contains remixes of tracks from his self-titled debut album, including 'Where Were You in the Morning?' with Kaytranada, 'Why' with Leon Bridges, and 'Youth' with Jessie Reyez.
Mendes released the song 'If I Can't Have You' along with the music video on May 3, 2019. The song debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, marking his highest charting hit. It also charted in the top ten in Australia and the United Kingdom, making it his sixth top ten song in both countries. He released the Gryffin remix of 'If I Can't Have You' on July 19.
On June 21, 2019, he released 'Seorita,' a collaboration with Cuban artist Camila Cabello, as well as the music video. The song debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 list in the United States, and it is Mendes and Cabello's second collaboration, after 2015's 'I Know What You Did Last Summer.' On August 26, 2019, 'Seorita' reached number one on the Hot 100, becoming Mendes' first chart-topping song. Shawn Mendes' deluxe version was published on July 27, 2019, and adds the songs 'If I Can't Have You' and 'Seorita.'
On September 30, 2020, Mendes revealed that his fourth studio album, Wonder, would be released on December 4, as well as the release of the album's first single, also titled 'Wonder,' on October 2. The first song on the album, 'Intro,' was also distributed via promotional videos. 'Wonder' premiered and peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Mendes stated on October 13 that a documentary titled In Wonder, which covers the last few years of his life, will be broadcast on Netflix on November 23.
Following his first ever performance at the Rogers Centre on September 6, 2019, a concert video titled 'Shawn Mendes: Live in Concert' was also published on Netflix on November 25, 2019.
Mendes revealed on November 16, 2020, that the second single from Wonder will be a duet with Justin Bieber on a tune called 'Monster.' On November 20, 2020, the single and music video were released. The song peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. At the 2020 American Music Awards, Mendes played 'Monster' live for the first time alongside Bieber; he also performed 'Wonder.' The album Wonder was released on December 4 and debuted at number one in both the United States and Canada.
Mendes hosted a Wonder: The Experience performance event on December 6, when he gave a Q&A session, played songs from the album, and discussed the creation of the record behind the scenes. During his appearance on The Late Late Show on December 7, Mendes interviewed Matthew McConaughey and sang 'Dream' for the first time on television.
Mendes stated on August 9, 2021, through his social media channels, that 'Summer of Love' with Tainy would be published on August 20, 2021.
In August 2021, it was revealed that Mendes will executive produce the TV version of Square Enix's computer game Life Is Strange via his production company, Permanent Content.
Mendes is mostly known as a pop and folk-pop performer. Mendes' major musical inspirations are John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, and Bruno Mars. Because to his parents, Mendes grew up listening to reggae music, Led Zeppelin, Garth Brooks, and country music. He said that Mayer's work impacted his second studio album, while Timberlake, Kings of Leon, Kanye West, and Daniel Caesar influenced his third.
Mendes' catalogue includes 'catchy acoustic folk-pop tunes,' according to Brittany Spanos of Rolling Stone, and 'his soft, sometimes soulful pop-rock plays primarily to tweens and teenagers, but has also found traction on adult contemporary radio stations,' according to Joe Coscarelli of The New York Times.
Mendes said in an interview with Clash magazine: ' 'I'd want to write anthems for everyone. I want to write anthems for significant events in their life... I don't want my music to be played for a few months and then disappear. Not only that, but I want to accomplish amazing things that make a difference. I believe it is not just about the music you release, but also about what you do while creating the music.'
In 2016, Mendes signed with Wilhelmina Models.
Mendes walked the runway at the 'Emporio Armani Spring 2018' show in Milan, Italy, on June 2017. During the event, Mendes wore the Italian label's new timepiece, EA Connected. The promotional film starring Mendes was aired before to his runway walk. Shawn Mendes Signature, a fragrance for both men and women, was released in August 2017. In August 2018, he released his second fragrance, Shawn Signature II, which is also available for both men and women.
Mendes was named the ambassador for Emporio Armani's complete 'Fall Winter 2018-2019' watch line on June 6, 2018. Photographs of Mendes sporting the new EA Connected smartwatches were shared on social media in July 2018.
Mendes revealed on February 16, 2019, that he was the newest brand ambassador for Calvin Klein's #MyCalvins campaign. During the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, SmileDirectClub published a commercial highlighting a partnership between the business and Mendes, with a portion of the profits benefiting 'organisations that aim to enhance children's health, as well as mental and emotional well-being.' Later that month, Emporio Armani debuted a new black-and-white commercial for their touchscreen timepieces, which included an instrumental rendition of 'In My Blood' with Mendes fighting.
Mendes launched a collaboration with Tim Hortons, a Canadian-based food chain, in August 2019, in which he appears in a commercial and on beverage cups, followed by a deal with Roots Canada in September.
Mendes and DoSomething.org launched the 'Notes from Shawn' initiative in 2014, encouraging fans to write nice notes and leave them in unexpected locations. The lyrics of his debut song, 'Life of the Party,' inspired the campaign, which addressed poor self-esteem, despair, and self-harm awareness. In 2015, they renewed their campaign for the second year in a row, using the hashtag #NotesFromShawn. He collaborated with BlendApp to fund up to $25,000, with $1 raised for every registration and good comment posted on the app. In 2016, the campaign was reintroduced for the third year in a row.
Mendes collaborated with Omaze in 2018 to collect money for the WE Schools initiative, a movement aimed at supporting children via educational programmes and mentoring. Mendes urged his followers to contribute to the cause while also offering supporters the opportunity to attend his forthcoming concert tour.
Mendes attended the annual Global Citizen Festival in New York City's Central Park in September 2018. He performed with other musicians such as Janelle Monáe, John Legend, and Janet Jackson to raise awareness about the significance of education and the lack of access to education for children across the globe, especially young women. Ahead of the occasion, he went to social media to congratulate Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for spearheading the Leave No Girl Behind initiative, a movement whose aim is to empower girls via workshops and programmes, and to express his readiness to speak more about the project.
He also urged his followers to join the campaign. In response, Mendes was praised by the Prime Minister, who said that 'The more individuals who fight for girls' education there are, the better! Let's speak about it.'
On October 20, 2018, Mendes performed at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles alongside other musicians like Khalid, NF, Marshmello, Meghan Trainor, and Ella Mai for the 'We Can Survive' event. The event was planned to generate money for the Young Survival Coalition, which helps young women afflicted with breast cancer.
Mendes launched the Shawn Mendes Foundation in August 2019, with the goal of 'inspiring and empowering his fans and today's youth to bring about good change in the world and advocate for topics they care most about.' On January 8, 2020, Mendes announced that he and his Shawn Mendes Foundation will donate an undisclosed sum of money to causes such as Australia's Red Cross, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, and the South Australia Country Fire Service to help alleviate the strain on those affected by the devastating fires raging across the country.
In March 2020, Mendes and The Shawn Mendes Foundation gave $175,000 to Toronto's SickKids Foundation, Canada's biggest philanthropic supporter of child health research, learning, and care.
Mendes took part in iHeart Media's Living Room Concert for America in March 2020, a fundraiser to raise awareness and money for the COVID-19 epidemic. Mendes took part in the Global Citizen Festival's Together at Home virtual performance in March and April 2020 to raise awareness and money for the COVID-19 epidemic. Mendes has publicly expressed his support for the Black Lives Matter cause. In May 2020, he and Camila Cabello attended demonstrations for racial justice in Miami after the death of George Floyd, and he has used his Instagram to elevate the voice of Black activists.
Mendes held a NASA video chat with the Expedition 65 crew aboard the International Space Station on April 22, 2021. The broadcast event included a Q&A session with students and youngsters on different Earth Day themes such as climate change, earth observations, and basic physics, as well as the astronauts' experience aboard the space station. Mendes, along with a number of other celebrities, wrote an open letter to the United States Congress in June 2021, asking legislators to approve the Equality Act. The Act, according to the artists, would 'defend the most disadvantaged groups.'