Shawn Peter Raul Mendes is a Canadian singer/songwriter and model born on August 8, 1998. Mendes is originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and raised by his father, Manuel Mendes, and mother, Karen. He engaged an audience in 2013, when he started posting covers of songs on the popular video sharing app Vine. Mendes grabbed the attention of artist managers Andrew Gertler and Island Records A&R Ziggy Chareton the following year, which drove him to a deal with the label. He then went on to debut an EP and his studio album Handwritten, with the single "Stitches" which hit the top 10 in the U.S. and Canada, and number one in the UK.