Canadian-born Shawn Peter Raul Mendes has his birth date as August 8, 1998. The singer and songwriter gained recognition in 2015 for his debut studio album ‘Handwritten’. It topped the US Billboard 200, and Mendes became one of five artists under the age of 18 to debut at number one. The single “Stitches” peaked at number one in the UK. His second and third studio albums gained him mainstream popularity. In their annual list, Time Magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018. Join us today in celebrating his special day right here.
Shawn Mendes was born on August 8, 1998, in Pickering, Ontario to Karen Mendes, a real estate agent, and Manuel Mendes, a businessman. Raised in a religious family, his mother’s from England, while his father is from Portugal. He has a younger sister named Aaliyah. In June 2016, he graduated from Pine Ridge Secondary School, where he played ice hockey, and soccer, and joined the high school glee club, where he practiced his stage presence. During that time, he also auditioned for ‘Disney Channel’ in Toronto.
Mendes gained a following in 2013 when he began posting song covers on ‘Vine’, the video-sharing application which caught the attention of manager Andrew Gertler and Island Records A&R Ziggy Chareton in the following year, and led to him signing a deal with the record label. His self-titled debut EP was released in 2014, followed by the release of his debut studio album titled “Handwritten” in 2015. The album became a massive hit with his singles topping the Billboard 100. In 2016, he released his second studio album titled “Illuminate.” This album debuted at number one in the US, while its singles “Treat You Better” and “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” reached the top 10 in several countries. In 2018, his third self-titled studio album was released, with the lead single “In My Blood” topping charts and peaking at number one in the U.S. With this, Mendes became the third-youngest artist to achieve three ‘number one albums. In 2019, his singles “Señorita” and “If I Can’t Have You” were released, with the former peaking atop the US Billboard Hot 100. His fourth studio album titled “Wonder” was released in 2020 and made him the youngest male artist ever to top the Billboard 200 with four studio albums.
In 2013, Mendes posts multiple six-second videos of himself singing and he got thousands of subscribers and numerous views.
Mendes releases his debut single “The Life of the Party” and it becomes a massive hit.
The singing sensation wins his first Juno Award for ‘Artist of the year’ for his hit singles.
The singer stars in the documentary “Shawn Mendes: In Wonder” which gains him further popularity.
Why We Love Shawn Mendes
He gives to charity
As part of his philanthropic work, Mendes has teamed up with various charitable organizations. He not only volunteers his time but has also given financially.
He openly talks about his struggle with anxiety
In his third studio album “In My Blood,” Mendes reveals that he struggles with anxiety. He has also disclosed that he undergoes therapy to help him deal with the condition.
He is an advocate of positivity
Spreading positivity and happiness is a common theme in Mendes’ outlook on life. This is very clearly seen in his social media posts.
5 Surprising Facts
He is inspired by Ed Sheeran
Mendes admits that he not only listens to Ed Sheeran but is also truly inspired by his incredible talent and music skills.
He is also a model
In 2016, Mendes was signed up by Wilhelmina Models; he has walked on multiple runways and is the brand ambassador for Calvin Klein’s #MyCalvins campaign.
His favorite shows
The singer-songwriter is a huge fan of the series “The 100,” “Lost,” and “grey’s Anatomy.”
He does not like tomatoes
Mendes's aversion to tomatoes is well known; they just don't work for him and are a strict "no," every single time he's asked.
He has matching tattoos with mom
The singer and his mom have matching elephant tattoos on their fingers.
Shawn Mendes FAQs
Are Mendes and Camila still together?
In November 2021, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes took to Instagram and announced their breakup in a joint statement.
How did Shawn Mendes become famous?
The Canadian singer-songwriter first rose to fame by sharing singing videos of himself on the app ‘Vine’, where he was discovered by a recording executive who signed him.
At what age did Shawn Mendes start singing?
Mendes was 16 years old when he released his debut single.
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