Shawn Mendes hopes to “influence culture” through his music.
The 23-year-old singer felt inspired watching Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Dr Dre, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar perform at the Super Bowl in February, and Shawn is now more determined than ever to make a mark with his music.
He reflected, “For me, it’s not like, ‘I have to change the world.’ I’m just saying that’s where my ambition goes – to influence culture. I want to honor the opportunity I’ve been given as an artist, to do something very real.”
Shawn is currently working on a new album and also preparing for his Wonder World Tour.
The ‘Senorita’ hitmaker explained that he was determined to make “authentic” music.
He told Billboard magazine, “I never want to stop playing, even if I’m playing for ten people in a bar. And I only want to play bigger shows if I can do it by making authentic music.”
Shawn has already enjoyed spectacular success in his career, winning various awards and topping charts around the world. However, his priorities have changed lately.
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He confessed, “There was a long time when I was convinced that you just had to write great songs.”
But now his outlook is markedly different.
Reflecting on his new priorities, Shawn shared, “The type of music I want to make, what I want to hear and what’s important to me. [are the focus].”
Shawn has previously admitted to struggling with anxiety and he confessed that at one point it actually stopped him from singing.
He said in 2020: “Physically I couldn’t sing because of my anxiety about having a hit album. Fear choked me and literally stopped me from being able to sing.”
When asked how long it had been, Shawn replied, “It was a month before I felt like I had made the first move. I really fell off.”
This article was originally published on famoustainment.com.