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Transcript of SHAWN MENDES

Afterwards, In May 2014, Andrew Gertler, the now-manager of Shawn Mendes had his attention caught from Shawn's cover of "Say Something" by A Great Big World. Because of that, Shawn Mendes was signed to Island Records on June 4, 2014 and continued to sing Pop, Soul and R&B. Right now, Mendes has 7 original songs, 1 EP and a 16 track album to be out on April 28th, 2015. One of his songs include "Life of the Party" which was released on June 26, 2014; his first debut single that reached #1 on iTunes in 37 minutes. His is second single "Something Big" released November 7, 2014. His EP, "The Shawn Mendes EP," released July 28th, 2014 also reached #1 on iTunes, along with the preorder of his soon to be released album "Handwritten."
Early Life and Interesting Facts
Shawn Peter Raul Mendes was born into a wealthy family on August 8, 1998. He currently has been extremely successful as a Canadian singer/songwriter and touring artist. Shawn Mendes was the youngest artist to reach #1 on iTunes with his debut single "Life of the Party." He can speak English fluently and is part Portuguese and part British. Mendes is currently 16 years old and has one 11 year old sister. He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and grew up in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. His love for music began when he joined a music club at his school called "Glee." Shawn's friends were the ones who encouraged him to start posting covers of songs on social media. When Shawn was a student, he went to Pine Ridge Elementary School for grades K-8 and Pine Ridge Secondary School, only for grades 9 & 10, completing high school online after becoming so famous.
Monday, March 2, 2015

"Hometown Glory" by Adele
Shawn Covers
Shawn's Vine cover of
"As Long As You Love Me" by Justin Bieber
In the Summer of 2012, Shawn Mendes had posted a cover of "Hometown Glory" by Adele, on YouTube. He had also posted a six second cover of "As Long As You Love Me" by Justin Bieber on Vine, a social media that lets you post six second videos to entertain others. He had woken up with more than 10,000 likes and the same amount of followers, all from the video. Shawn had started to post more on both social medias, for all throughout 2013, eventually reaching over a million followers on both Vine and YouTube. He always sings his covers with his instruments vocals, guitar and piano. Later in November 2013, Shawn Mendes was finally discovered and was invited to join the Magcon (Meet & Greet Convention) Tour. The Magcon Tour is a tour for social media celebrities that takes place in different cities each month. Mendes was touring with 11 other Viners and Youtubers until they broke up in April due to various reasons. Of course, that didn't stop Shawn's dream to sing.
Shawn's cover of "Say Something" caught the attention of his now-manager Andrew Gertler.
Shawn was signed to Island Records on June 4, 2014.
Shawn's first single "Life of the Party" released June 26, 2014.
Shawn's EP
"The Shawn Mendes EP" released on July 28th.
Shawn's second single
"Something Big" released on
Novemeber 7th, 2014.
Shawn announces his first album "Handwritten" release date.
To be
Shawn on the MAGCON tour
Moreover, when growing up to be a singer, Shawn had devoted himself wholeheartedly to singing before he knew where it would go. Ever since he was in fourth grade, he would watch up to 4 hours a day of covers by "YouTubers" like Tyler Warden and Sam Tsui, imitating their vocal technique to improve his own. Ed Sheeran, a British artist, had always been Shawn's inspiration to sing. In October 2014, Ed had personally flew Shawn out to Los Angeles to dinner after watching Shawn cover his songs on YouTube. Mendes' biggest dream is to be singing in front of thousands of fans with Ed Sheeran. Shawn had been the opening act for Austin Mahone and soon for Taylor Swift on May 22, 2015. He has won Ryan Seacrest's "Best Cover Song" contest with his cover of "Say Something" by A Great Big World. Shawn had also received a Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Music on August 14, 2014. Shawn Mendes had changed iTunes history by breaking two records on iTunes. He was the youngest artist to reach number one on iTunes with his first single "Life of the Party." Additionally, Shawn was the youngest artist ever to make it to the Top 25 iTunes Charts with a debut single, both at the age of 15 years old, 9 months and 24 days, beating Justin Biebers' record for "One Less Lonely Girl."
Furthermore, In November 2014, Shawn Mendes was invited to perform and speak at "We Day" in Vancouver to inspire youth all over Canada. With his campaign that he had started, #NotesFromShawn, where you write simple notes like "You Rock" and stick them onto random places. Such a simple act to make someones day. As well, Shawn has affected others and has inspired so many people to continue and trying something new to them. He was having a hard times learning the guitar and wanted to quit many times. Although he was struggling, he didn't give up and eventually had achieved his goal to teach himself to learn the guitar and the story of his experience inspires so much others. Shawn Mendes had influenced and inspired so many young people all across North America and around the world. Certainly, our world wouldn't be much better without him and the change he has helped make.
When you feel like giving up, just remember that you can do anything...
anything is possible when you try! -- Shawn Mendes
Shawn at
"We Day" in
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