From Handwritten to Wonder: The Starry Success of Shawn Mendes

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From Handwritten to Wonder: The Starry Success of Shawn Mendes

Do you remember the song Senorita released back in 2019? And how you couldn’t stop grooving to those lyrics in that year? But did you also know who is the person behind that melody? Shawn Mendes, the famous Canadian songwriter and singer has brought life to this song. He has won several awards in the last few years due to his top-notch performances. Some of his best hits include In My Blood, Treat You Better, Mercy, and many more. Mendes’ career did not rise and shine in one night but it was a long, persistent struggle. This blog brings you the starry success story of Shawn Mendes!

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Early Life and Childhood

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Shawn Mendes (Shawn Peter Raul Mendes) was born on August 8, 1998, in Ontario. He also has a younger sister, Aaliyah. Shawn Mendes completed his graduation from Pine Ridge secondary school in June 2016. There he played soccer, ice hockey, and practised acting lessons. He was keen on music and learning guitar from a very young age. 

Mendes performed at his school and kept on making progress with his skills. He made small videos of him playing guitar and singing. Unsure of the results, he posted them on an app called Vines. He continued doing that for almost a year before finally receiving some attention. That’s what he did exactly along with his graduation days.

Early Struggles 

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Shawn Mendes started his career quite early in life. He played the guitar and learnt it through YouTube videos at the age of 14, while he was still in secondary school. He posted several YouTube videos and started getting famous on an app called Vine in 2013. It was through his unique music and voice that the big music brands noticed him and gave him the opportunity to produce his own album!

Career Breakthrough

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By 2014, he was the third most followed musician on this Vine app. He signed officially to Island Records in 2014 after winning Ryan Seacrest’s best cover song contest. Soon he released his first single “Life Of The Party” in 2014. 

He is the youngest debutant in the top 25 on the US billboard hot hundred. He was also listed on the 25 most influential teams of 2014 by Time magazine. He was also listed in the 30 most influential teens of 2015 when he topped the billboard 200 with his song Stitches. Shawn Mendes’ album called Handwritten was released in the year 2015. The album was a big hit and certified as platinum. He became the youngest artist to debut at number one after Justin Bieber. 

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Famous Songs and Performances

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All the tracks of Shawn Mendes are popular among the youth, specifically his debut Handwritten (2015), Illuminate (2016), Shawn Mendes (2018), and Wonder (2020) are quite acclaimed. Some of his hit songs are:

  • I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Treat You Better
  • Stitches
  • There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back
  • Señorita
  • Mercy
  • If I Can’t Have You
  • Something Big
  • In My Blood
  • Never Be Alone
  • Life Of the Party
  • Lost in Japan
  • Imagination
  • Bad Reputation
  • Kid In Love
  • When You’re Ready
  • Don’t Be A Fool


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Shawn Mendes has been honored with several awards and recognitions. He has won the following awards during his music career:

  • 11 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA)
  • 2 MTV Video Music Awards
  • 3 American Music Awards 
  • 5 BMI Awards
  • 10 Juno Awards
  • 8 iheartRadio Much Music Video Awards
  • 18 Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada Awards. 
  • He has also been nominated for Grammy Awards three times.

Battling Anxiety & Spreading Awareness about Mental Health

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Shawn Mendes has publicly talked about his anxiety problems through the song In My Blood. He has undergone therapy for dealing with mental health conditions in the past. Mendes keeps his fans updated of his whereabouts through his social media posts, on Instagram.

Upcoming Projects

The present year 2021 does not have any live concerts or stage shows lined up. However, rumours are that Mendes will head back to the stage in the year 2022. Mendes had given hints of a new music album in April this year while sharing videos on his social media account, maybe from his next big hit.

Thus, we hope that you liked this this birthday special blog on the singing star, Shawn Mendes! For more such interesting reads, stay tuned to Leverage Edu!

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