Father Told Shawn Mendes To Write Own Songs

Before his hit songs Stiches and Treat You Better lifted him to the top of the charts singer and songwriter Shawn Mendes dreamt of becoming a musician like Ed Sheeran. With his sophomore album Illuminate ready for release, the 18-year-old Canadian established himself as a musician in his own right. But it was his father that urged him early on to forge his own path. "I told my dad that I wanted to be a singer and he said you can't be a singer unless you write your own songs. So I said fine, went up to my room, and wrote a song."