BILLBOARD – While some struggle to find the perfect wedding gift for long-time pals, Shawn Mendes gave his friends something they will always remember: a performance of an original song he had composed for the newlyweds.
Mendes wrote the song, titled “Try My Best,” based on a love letter the groom penned for the bride. The singer-songwriter, responsible for such heartfelt smashes as “Stitches” and “Treat You Better,” sang while strumming an acoustic guitar, as the couple enjoyed what appeared to be their first dance as man and wife.
On Wednesday (December 07), Shawn performed at the Q102’s Jingle Ball 2016 at the Well Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The gallery has been updated with high quality photos from the concert to the gallery!
FLAUNT MAGAZINE – Shawn Mendes would rather take a drive to the beach than go out to the club. However, he’s a Leo, and he’s not exactly shy. He’s a tender-voiced, albeit outspoken, peach-fuzzed cat of 18 who rocketed to fame after posting to the Vine social media platform short looping videos of himself singing. Three years, and almost half a billion plays later, I’m listening to his new record, Illuminate—every song of which seems to either be about love or the loss of love or heartbreak or how he can get that person back or why he just can’t do it anymore.
“Love is probably the strongest emotion that you can feel.” Mendes tells me, “It’s very natural—and I wouldn’t want to say easy—but natural and comfortable to write about, and there’s so many different forms of it, millions of layers, you could write forever about it.”
An 18 year-old telling me this makes me sweat—I’m quite a stretch older than Mendes and I can’t seem to keep a relationship going for longer than a month—I dread the notion of writing about it forever. “The second you start trying to write about things that other people want to hear,” Mendes advises, “it’s not as honest as it should be”
Mendes, tell me more, dude, I need it… and yes, we are calling each other dude and man, and it feels good. “My family, growing up, all my cousins, all of us, we all spoke about how we were feeling, it wasn’t a hide your emotions type family,” he says sniffling from the Canadian cold (where he is at the moment, at home in the suburbs of Pickering, Ontario, about 20 miles east of Toronto). “If you have good intentions and your heart is in the right place then you’re gonna be okay,” he counsels, “I’m trying to stay as real as I possibly can.”
And what about this new album is Mendes trying to illuminate? His coming of age? His impending adulthood? (Which I foresee being filled with Grammies and houses at the top of Holmby Hills and retreats in Palm Springs—probably more on the level of Gstaad—and lots of champagne and girls and boys and first class tickets and the best seats in the finest restaurants and swimming pools and an entourage of Chows, presuming he likes dogs…)
But how? He’s 18. When I was 18 I was eating lots of bagels with cream cheese, smoking joints with my dad and calling it quits. Compare and despair. Quit it! But for Mr. Mendes, will there be ups and downs? Will the wave of life not always be a sweet, opalescent, purple Hawaiian swell that drags on for a mile, so meditative, so rich? (more…)
Yesterday, Shawn attended the 2016 American Music Awards! He looked super great! He performed Treat You Better, Mercy and Three Empty Words. The gallery has been updated with HQ photos and you can check out videos from his performance over at abc.go.com. To see Three Empty Words, you’ll need to check out XFINITYon Demand. And you can watch an interview from the red carpet below!
ON AIR WITH RYAN – Since capturing the attention of label heads with six-second Vine covers of other artists’ pop hits in 2013, Shawn Mendes has gone on to release five platinum hits from his debut effort Handwritten, perform at stadiums as both a headliner and opening act for Taylor Swift, and is now on a media blitz to promote his newly-released sophomore album Illuminate.
For his latest set, Mendes, along with a few songwriters from Handwritten and Ed Sheeran’s producer Jake Gosling, worked from an isolated studio in Upstate New York where he cited John Mayer’s Continuum album to create music driven by authentic emotions.
“All I knew was, I wanted to create an album that I could feel,” he told On Air with Ryan Seacrest in-studio Tuesday. “Beforehand, I was really into Continuum by John Mayer, and the reason that album was so good to me was because I wasn’t just listening; I was actually feeling. If I could accomplish that with music, then I know I did a good job.”
With disarmingly honest songs like “Mercy,” “Three Empty Words,” “Ruin,” and “Bad Reputation,” Mendes’ album serves a soundtrack for the many stages of love, a motif that is still a taboo for many artists.
“As an 18-year-old guy, to go and write an entire album that’s majority about love, people would be scared to do [it], but I think it’s beautiful,” he said of his emotional honesty, which was encouraged by his parents.
Mendes’ career was also heavily influenced by Swift, who he opened for on select dates of her massive 1989 World Tour. During his trek with the global pop superstar, Mendes learned how to captivate an entire arena with just an acoustic guitar, and picked up the mindset to go full-throttle even when you’re at the the pinnacle of your career.
“With Taylor, the biggest thing I learned, and I always say this and I love to say it, is that there’s no amount of success that stops you from working hard,” he revealed. “She, at the top of her game — stadiums around the world, No. 1 artist in the world — works harder than everyone and it’s crazy.”
Mendes will now embark on his own tour in support of Illuminate, which he said will be a departure from his previous shows. “I’ve never felt something change so rapidly in my life,” he said. “From doing an entire acoustic set, to having a band all of sudden, to the production being involved.”
He added, “The set has just transformed like crazy. Right now, I start off acoustic and it goes into this beautiful, beautiful band section. It’s just true, real live music…I like to think of it as an experience and less of a show.”
You can purchase Mendes’ Illuminate album on iTunes now.
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