Shawn Mendes is a 17 year old Canadian that had his rise to fame on Vine. Vine is a social media app in which you post 6 second videos. His vines were simple vids of him singing covers from Ed Sheeran to Lana Del Rey and even One Direction. He’s done a large variety of covers on Vine as well as YouTube. He grew very popular with an outstanding 3.7 million followers. And then he got introduced to people like Ed Sheeran and finally signed with Island Def Jam Records.
He set out on a mini Headlining tour with one show in New York and one In Los Angeles. This Los Angeles show was at the Wiltern on November 26th. I had the honor of being at this show and it was truly a great show.
It was a very simple production. He was center stage with a guitar and mic nothing fancy and his name SHAWN MENDES projected on the back curtain. The show was pretty incredible as it was a completely acoustic theater show. He is still very new in the game but his voice can stand alone in creating an enjoyable experience.
Most in the audience are what you call fan girls, they are head over heels for him. Tons of screaming accompanied everything he said. His songs are so pure and clean accompanied by his guitar alone. He sounded beautiful all night singing songs from his first EP titled Shawn Mendes. He also threw in a few cover songs that started off his career and are definitely fan favorites. In between songs he would say a few words but he was definitely shy. For one of his first shows it’s expected and I know he will warm up to the large crowds and really entertain to the upmost in the future.
Through out the night he also introduced the crowd to new songs from the album he was working on at the time and now available on iTunes entitled Handwritten. When performers do this it creates a wonderful feeling in the crowd. To have an intimate sneak peak like that is great. He did something else I thought was great he taught the crowd a song and had everyone sing along to his new song Something Big. Things like these are what make a concert special. He closed with of course his most popular song Life of the Party, his first single.
I left this concert thinking he has got some major talent and Shawn Mendes is going places!