Shawn Peter Raul Mendes (European Portuguese: born August 8, 1998 – Shawn Mendes) is a Canadian singer and songwriter.
He attracted a following in 2013, when he began posting song covers on the video-sharing application Vine. The following year, he caught the attention of artist manager Andrew Gertler and Island Records A&R Ziggy Chareton, which led to him signing a deal with the record label.
Mendes went on to release an EP in July 2014 and his debut studio album Handwritten (2015), whose single “Stitches” reached the top 10 in the United States and Canada, and number one in the United Kingdom.
His second album Illuminate (2016) was supported by the singles “Treat You Better” and “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”. Both albums debuted atop of the US Billboard 200, with the first one making Mendes one of five artists to ever debut at number one before the age of eighteen. Mendes has headlined three concert tours: ShawnsFirstHeadlines, Shawn Mendes World Tour and Illuminate World Tour. In 2018, Mendes was included on Time‘s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.