Shawn Peter Raul Mendes was born on 8 August, 1998 in Toronto, Ontario. He is a son of Karen, a real estate agent, and Manuel Mendes, a businessman, selling bar and restaurant supplies in Toronto. His father is Portuguese (from the Algarve), while his mother is from England. He has a younger sister named Aaliyah. Mendes was raised in Pickering, Ontario, where he attended Pine Ridge Secondary School.
Shawn learnt to play guitar by watching YouTube tutorial videos at the age of 13 in 2012. Less than a year later he started posting cover videos on the social video app Vine in 2013 and gained millions of views and followers in a few months, becoming well known for his six-second snippets of renditions of many popular songs.
He 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 managers 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 US and Canada, and number one in the United Kingdom. His second album, Illuminate (2016), was preceded by the single “Treat You Better”.
Till date, Shawn is not doing bad in his self-learnt career and has gained more millions of viewers and visitors to his contents.