Shawn Mendes is an artist who suddenly became the name on everybody’s lips. Whether his pop style is to that of your personal taste, I would bet with near certainty that you’ve heard of his name. His songs fill the airwaves and the charts. His collaboration list features some of the most in-demand influencers in popular music.
Video sharing sites like YouTube and Vine (R.I.P) are filled with amateur musicians, young and old, looking for their sound to be heard. Mendes lives the dream of the majority of these musicians. In 2013, fourteen-year-old Mendes started to post covers online and the year following saw him signing a record deal with Island Records. He released a self-titled EP in 2014 but it was when ‘Handwritten’ came out that his fame eruption really began. He scored his first number one in the UK with the track ‘Stitches.’ He followed this up with ‘Illuminate,’ an album full of catchy, belt-it-out pop that that is irresistibly catchy. In 2018 he put out his self-titled studio album where he worked with likes of Ed Sheeran, John Mayer and Khalid to name but a few.
In the US, all three of Mendes’s albums have charted at number one. He has been nominated for, if not won, seemingly every award possible for a pop artist. Mendes is even, in fact, mentioned in the 2018 Time magazine list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In interviews, he comes across very charming, humble, and open. Despite his first dream to make it in the acting community, his talent as a singer and songwriter is undeniable. This young Canadian is only 20 years of age and has already shown he is on a quest to make his mark and is a force to be reckoned with.
As to be expected, Shawn Mendes sold out Glasgow’s modern SSE Hydro, with its capacity of 13,000. Youthful energy filled the arena but his appeal does extend past adolescences with groups of young adults, mid-lifers in for the evening as well. Prior to his appearance at the Hydro, Mendes posed with fans and signed autographs outside his hostel Bath Street earlier in the day.