Shawn Peter Raul Mendes (born August 8, 1998) is a Canadian music artist. Mendes was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and was raised in Pickering. He is the son of Karen, a real estate agent, and Manuel Mendes, a businessman. His father is of Portuguese descent (from a Lagonese family), while his mother is English. He has a younger sister, Aaliyah.
He first started posting cover videos on the popular social video app "Vine" in 2013 and picked up millions of views and followers in a matter of months. Artist manager Andrew Gertler discovered Mendes online in January 2014, bringing him to Island Records where he eventually signed and released his first single "Life of the Party" in June 2014. He is the youngest artist to debut in the top 25 with a debut song on the "Billboard Hot 100", hitting #24 for the week ending July 12, 2014, at 15 years, 11 months and 4 days of age.
Prior to his signing, Mendes toured as a member of the "MagCon Tour" alongside other young artists and social media sensations such as Nash Grier, Cameron Dallas, Jack & Jack, and more. Mendes was also on a nationwide tour with Austin Mahone as an opening act and released his debut major label EP in July. He won the Teen Choice award in 2014 for "Webstar in Music". The EP debuted and peaked at #5 on "Billboard Hot 200", selling 48.000 copies in it's first week. On April 14, 2015, Mendes released his full-length album, "Handwritten", which debuted at #1 on "Billboard Hot 200". His third single from the album, "Stitches", peaked at #9 on "Billboard Hot 100", becoming his first top 10 single. Mendes recorded a song called "Believe" for Disney Channel Original Movie "Descendants". He was also chosen as one of opening acts for Taylor Swift's "1989 World Tour". Mendes names John Mayer and Ed Sheeran as his main influences saying "I definitely look up to those two guys a lot". He also cites Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake as influences.
(adapted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawn_Mendes)