Shawn Peter Raul Mendes (born August 8, 1998) is a Canadian music artist. He started his music career by posting snippets of cover songs to Vine, and has seen rising mainstream success as a singer-songwriter and touring artist. He is the youngest artist to debut in the top 25 with a debut song on the Billboard Hot 100, debuting at number 24 for the week ending July 12, 2014 at 15 years, 9 months and 24 days of age.
Mendes was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and was raised in a suburb of the city called Pickering. He first started posting cover videos on the popular social video app Vine in 2013 and picked up millions of views and followers in a matter of months, becoming well known for his six second snippets of renditions of many popular songs. Mendes currently tours as a member of the MagCon Tour alongside other young artists such as X Factor's Willie Jones.Mendes also was recently featured as the winner of Ryan Seacrest's "Best 35 Covers" competition, and is slated to head on a nationwide tour with Austin Mahone in 2014 and release his debut major label album later this year. Mendes signed with Island Records and released his first single in June 2014.