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Shawn Mendes Tickets

In the ever-changing technological age, people are finding innovative ways to get discovered. For pop singer Shawn Mendes, his medium was the application Vine. In a small amount of time, he has managed to become a pop star on the rise, with no signs of stopping.

The beginning of it all
Shawn Mendes was born in Toronto, Canada, but was raised in a suburb called Pickering. In 2013, he started posting videos of himself signing on Vine. Mostly, he sang cover songs of popular artists like Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran. These videos are only six seconds long, but he garnered a lot of attention from users and picked up millions of followers in only a few months. Producers and managers were starting to take note of Mendes, and manager Andrew Gertler brought him in to Island Records to sing. He signed with the label and released his first single, “Life of the Party” in the summer of 2014. The song made it to No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 when he was only 15 years old.

Starting a career
Mendes joined pop sensation Austin Mahone on his tour. During Austin’s tour, Mendes released his first full EP called, The Shawn Mendes EP. The album made it to No. 5 on the Billboard 200. Later during the summer, he won a Teen Choice award for music web star. By August 2014, he was the third most-followed musician on Vine, and he made it onto Time Magazine’s list of the 25 most influential teens in 2014 and 2015.

In April 2015, Mendes released his first full studio album, Handwritten. The album was then rereleased later that year titled Handwritten Revisited with 16 tracks including four live songs and one song featuring Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello. In summer 2015, Mendes finally made it to mainstream radio with his song "Stitches." The song became his first top 10 single in the U.S. During the fall of 2015, Mendes opened for Taylor Swift on select dates during the North American leg of her 1989 World Tour.

Mendes has credited John Mayer, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars as musical influences. The singer used a social media platform to expose his music, and he was so successful that many have tried to follow in his footsteps. In a short amount of time, Mendes has become a sensation.