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Shawn Mendes: 6 Seconds to Stardom

The Canadian heartthrob reflects on fame and finding his inner self in his new album.

Shawn Mendes

Just six years ago, Shawn Mendes barely knew how to pluck the F-sharp chord on a guitar. But studying YouTube guitar tutorial videos and perfecting his guitar-playing skills for the next year, his stardom was about to rise as soon as he captivated the world with a mere six-second video of him singing to Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” on Vine.

By the next year, he signed with Island Records and was on his way to showing the world his unearthed music talents.

“I don’t think you ever get used to whatever this type of crazy music success—whatever famous world—is,” he tells Music Choice. “You never get used to it.”

Following the immense success of his first two albums and two headlining world tours, the Canadian singer took a step back to thoughtfully write music that was more aligned with his true feelings.

“If I’m gonna be making new music, it has to be the most honest, realest thing that I can come up with and the realest thing that I can talk about.”

Mendes released his self-titled LP this May and immediately saw the success of his first single, “In My Blood,” which we can expect to win a few music awards this year. As he prepares for his world tour next year to support his new album, join us in celebrating Shawn’s flourishing young career in our latest Artist of the Month episode.

 

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