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His real name is Shawn Peter Raul Mendes, but you can call him Shawn.  And he proves that social media is the new way to get famous.

The 19-year-old singer shot to fame using only Vine and YouTube. Basically, he used six second videos to get attention, and it made him one of the most popular Vine users in the app's brief history. Also, his first albums Handwritten and Illuminate both went straight to #1 in the charts, making Mendes one of five artists to ever debut at number one before the age of 18.

Now, with several #1 hits under his belt, he's now using his voice to bring awareness to some issues that resonate with him.  He's now an outspoken advocate for victims of abuse, as evidenced in his music.  He also teamed up with DoSomething.org and launched a charity that helps those suffering with low self-esteem and depression while raising awareness of self-harm.  He also partnered with Pencils of Promise and raised $25,000 to construct a new school in Ghana.

Shawn says his family and friends keep him humble, even though he's rising star on the music scene with his smash hit "Stitches," his followup single "Treat You Better," then "Mercy," and now his latest "There's Nothing Holding Me Back."

 

 

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