Shawn Mendes Teen Talent

Olivia Ingalls

Who is Shawn Mendes?

Just in the first few months of 2015 the amount of pop artists has increased quite a bit. One artist that particularly stands out in this crowd of new artists is the Canada native Shawn Mendes. Shawn Mendes is a 16 year old who began his career by posting a 6 second cover on Vine. What makes him so unique is that unlike most new artists he does not edit his voice. He can hold a crowd with just his voice and guitar. He aims to be like his idol Ed Sheeran who also does not use editing. Not everyone is familiar with Shawn, but his career has spiraled and soon the world will know Shawn Mendes.


The Evolution of Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes became well known for his vines of him singing covers of popular songs. After people started to really notice him he was known as a "viner". The first well known teen viners made a group called Magcon. Magcon was a group that toured the country letting fans meet them. This group really excelled Shawn's career. Towards the end of the Magcon tour pop artist Austin Mahone invited Shawn to be an opener for his summer tour. Young Mendes immediately accepted the offer. The entire summer of 2014 Shawn toured with Austin, short after the tour ended Taylor Swift asked Shawn to be an opener for her 1989 tour. Shawn was planning a tour of his own, but he had to accept the amazing opportunity. For the entire year of 2015 Shawn will be on his own tour and Taylor's. In just a short year this teens life has been flipped upside down.

Shawn's Music Success

At the age of 15 Shawn Mendes released his first EP "Life of the Party". This song made it on the Billboard Hot 100 shortly after being released making Mendes the youngest artist to be featured on the list. Just under a year later Shawn released his first album "Handwritten". Handwritten was released April 14 2015. The album consists of 16 songs all written by Shawn himself. Shawn has taken the pop community by shock and will continue to do so as long as he sings.

Shawn Mendes- Drunk in Love snippet Live