Shawn Peter Raul Mendes is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Mendes was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Karen, a real estate agent, and Manuel Mendes, a businessman, selling bar and restaurant supplies in Toronto. He attracted a following in 2013 when he began posting song covers on the popular 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 and his debut studio album Handwritten, whose single “Stitches” reached the top 10 in the U.S. and Canada, and number one in the UK.
Mendes has cited John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, and Bruno Mars as his musical influences. Mendes was listed among Time’s The 25 Most Influential Teens in 2014 and 2015. He also made his first appearance on a Forbes list with their annual “30 Under 30”, for 2016.