Shawn Mendes was born Shawn Peter Raul Mendes on August 8, 1998 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was raised in a suburb of the city called Pickering. He started his career in music in 2013, after posting his first cover video to Vine. It's only a six-second clip of him singing with guitar in hand, but the video took off like wildfire.
Shawn also began posting his own unique original melodies as he continued posting a mix of covers. His videos spread across Vine, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and every online social outlet imaginable, amassing millions of views.
Now with over 10 million cumulative YouTube views, and with over 1.8 million Vine followers, Shawn is the third biggest musician on Vine, surpassing stars like Wiz Khalifa, Justin Bieber, Mac Miller and many others, and is becoming one of the most buzzed-about young artists in music.
In mid 2014, Shawn released his debut EP, "The Shawn Mendes". The set, debuting at No. 5 on Billboard 200, includes hit single "Life of the Party" which reached No. 24 on Billboard 100 and made Shawn the youngest artist to enter the chart's top 25 with a debut song.
The EP debuted and peaked at No. 5 on Billboard 200. Shawn then followed it up with his 2015 debut LP, "Handwritten", which landed at No.1 on the albums chart. The album spawned the singer's biggest single yet, "Stitches". The song reached No. 4 on Billboard Hot 100, becoming his first top 10 single on the list.
That same year, Shawn joined Taylor Swift on her "1989" tour. In between the tour dates, he got a chance to work with Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello. The two co-wrote a song called "I Know What You Did Last Summer" that was later released in late 2015 and was included in the re-issue of his album.
In early 2016, Shawn began teasing his sophomore effort by dropping its lead cut "Treat You Better". The song has so far reached No. 8 on the Hot 100 and its parent album, "Illuminate", is set to come out on September 23.
The album itself debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum. The second single off the effort, "Mercy", was released on August 18 and was certified double platinum. After appearing as the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live", the singer embarked on a world tour in support of the album.
The success of "Illuminate" prompted Shawn to release a deluxe version of the album. He then released single "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" in April 2017. The song ruled the Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart. Later that year, he became the first artist under 20 years old to have three No. 1 songs on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart.
Also in the same year, Shawn came out as the biggest winner at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards, which was held at SSE Arena in Wembley. He brought home four awards, which were Biggest Fans, Best Artist, Best Canadian Act and Best Song for "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back".
Having a successful career, it was no surprise that his personal life was put on the spotlight. He was rumored to be dating Hailey Baldwin after leaving a Halloween party hand-in-hand. They later added fuel to the rumors when they were caught French kissing at Rita Ora's MTV EMAs after-party. Shawn was also rumored to be dating Camila Cabello after being photographed having a pizza date at Artichoke Pizza in New York.
Being hit with dating rumors didn't hold Shawn back from releasing new music though, as he released the lead track off his upcoming third studio album, "In My Blood", on March 22, 2018. "Lost in Japan", the second single off the effort, was released just hours later.