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Shawn Mendes On Being Authentic And Connecting With Fans
Shawn Mendes has come a long way since covering songs on YouTube as a teen. From releasing hit after hit—"Treat You Better," "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back," "In My Blood," to name a few—to performing with Justin Timberlake, the singer/songwriter has continued to evolve as an artist and shown the world his talent as a singer and guitarist. The pop sensation stopped by the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles for an intimate conversation and performance, but before that he spoke with the Recording Academy about who he'd love to sing with next, how he prefers to connect with his fans and what he misses about the early days of his career.
"I miss the days that I would like sit for hours practicing someone else's song," he said. "Now, I sit for hours practicing my own songs, but there was something about taking someone else's song and making it your own"
He also opened up about why he chose to address the subject of anxiety in his music, as he did with "In My Blood." It's important "to cover something that is authentic to you and real and true, and authentic and what you are going through," he said about writing the song.
Watch the video above to learn how Medes stays energized on the road, why he picked up the guitar and more.