Shawn Peter Raul Mendes ( born August 8, 1998) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. He attracted a following in 2013, when he began posting song covers on the video sharing application Vine. Mendes went on to release an EP and his debut studio album Handwritten, whose single "Stitches" reached the top 10 in the US and Canada, and number one in the UK. His sophomore album, Illuminate (2016), was preceded by the single "Treat You Better". Both albums debuted atop the US Billboard 200.
Mendes has cited John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, and Bruno Mars as his musical influences.
Mendes has received several awards and nominations, including an iHeartRadio Music Award, two MTV Europe Music Awards, three Much Music Video Awards, and the Allan Slaight Honour from Canada's Walk of Fame.