Shawn MendesShawn Mendes is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actor, and model. Shawn received recognition through the Stitches, Treat You Better and There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back hits. Net worth: $40 million.
Childhood and familyShawn Peter Raul Mendes was born on August 8, 1998, in Toronto, the largest city in Canada. His mother, Englishwoman Karen Mendes (née Rayment) works as a real estate agent. Shawn’s father, Portuguese Manuel Mendes is a businessman, who sells bar and restaurant supplies. Shawn has a younger sister named Aliyah.
I wanted to become an actor, I really wanted. I even went to Disney`s TV channel but I got nervous about the cameras and forgot the text, says Shawn.Thoughts about an acting career were replaced by actions in the field of music. When I was 13, I became obsessed with music, recalls the singer. The teenager independently learned to play the guitar with the help of training videos on YouTube and soon began to post covers of famous songs.
MusicThanks to the six-second music videos, the young singer achieved wild popularity in a matter of months. By the middle of 2014, he became the third most popular musician on Vine video hosting. Soon Shawn got an agent, with the help of whom he signed a contract with Island Records. Such artists as Bon Jovi, The Killers, Lady Sovereign, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and other famous artists collaborate with the record company.
Later Mendes’s life was filled with usual events for any musician - concerts, tours, and rehearsals. Listeners, especially the young audience, adored Shawn and very warmly welcomed his debut album, the Handwritten (2015), filled with energetic and inspiring music in the pop and pop-folk styles.
In one of his interviews, Shawn told that his work was greatly influenced by Jon Mayer, Ed Sheeran and Justin Timberlake, as well as Led Zeppelin and several reggae artists his parents adored.
- I want to make anthems for people and important moments in their lives ... And I don’t want to write songs that would sound for several months and then leave forever.A good example of such an anthem is the Stitches single, which entered the top ten songs of the year in the United States and has been spinning daily on all radio stations in the world since then.
In December 2018 the singer released the EP The Album (Remixes). The mini-album included remixes of his Where Were You in the Morning? with DJ Kaytranada, Why with American singer Leon Bridges and Youth with Canadian actress Jessie Reyes.
Acting careerIn 2013 Shawn voiced one of the heroes in the Underdogs animated picture about brave footballers and true love. Two years later Shawn tried himself as an actor, starring in one of the episodes of the 3rd season of The 100 postapocalyptic series.
FashionIn 2016 Shawn Mendes signed a contract with the Wilhelmina Models agency, which such stars as Nicki Minaj, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Leona Lewis, and others collaborate with.
The musician participates in fashion shows, as well as represents Emporio Armani’s Autumn-Winter 2018-2019 watch collection and Calvin Klein and its #MyCalvins underwear collection.