Shawn Mendes Shows Atlanta Fans How Much They Mean To Him

Shawn Mendes Shows Atlanta Fans How Much They Mean To Him

"Welcome to 'Illuminate.' Your journey begins here."
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18-year-old Shawn Mendes is the youngest artist since Justin Bieber to have his first two albums earn a No. 1 spot on Billboard 200. If you're familiar with Mendes's music - or his fanbase - this will not come as a shock.

Mendes's newest album, Illuminate, is packed with feel-good love songs and guitar-driven ballads. When he stopped at the Infinite Energy Arena in Atlanta for the Illuminate Tour last Saturday, he played almost every song from the album as passionate fans screamed every lyric at the top of their lungs.

Up-and-coming pop artist Charlie Puth opened the show with his biggest hits, which included "We Don't Talk Anymore" and "Attention." He opened with an energetic "We Don't Talk Anymore" and then played the keyboard for almost the rest of his set.



Although the fans were mostly teens, they effortlessly blew the roof off the arena. Their collective screams were as loud as the music itself. They filled the arena with passion and let everyone know how much Mendes means to them.

To say that Mendes's fans are dedicated would be an understatement. He first gained a following in 2013, when he began posting six-second covers of songs on Vine. He accumulated hundreds of thousands of followers in just a few months and quickly became one of the top five most followed people on Vine. Since then, Mendes has made a point to develop a close relationship with his fans.

When he got signed to Island Records in 2014, he released his first single, "Life of the Party," which made him the youngest artist to ever debut in the Billboard Top 25. His third single, "Stitches," was picked up by Top 40 radio stations. From there, he toured with Taylor Swift and headlined two world tours, including a stop at Madison Square Garden, which sold out in five minutes.


No artist in the music business would be where they are without fans, but not many artists acknowledge them as much as Mendes does. From his first song ("There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back") to his last ("Treat You Better"), he interacted with fans the entire time. Mendes thanked them frequently and spent a long time holding their hands. Right before "Never Be Alone," he played a video featuring a montage of fans with a voiceover saying "What we have is special."


Towards the middle of the show, Mendes performed four songs from a B-stage beneath a moon, surrounded by fans on all sides. After he covered the chorus of Ed Sheeran's "Castle on the Hill," he played a stripped-down version of "Life of the Party." This song means a lot to fans, not only because it was his first single, but also because it inspired DoSomething.org's campaign, "Notes for Shawn," which helped people with low self-esteem. He spent all of "Roses" holding as many hands as he could.

Shawn Mendes couldn't have treated his Atlanta fans any better on Saturday night. Even if you've never heard his songs, you must make a point to see him in concert for an experience unlike any other.

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Cover Image Credit: Sophie Harris

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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23 Things That ~Barely~ Run Through A Girl's Mind During Her First Workout In, Like, Forever

Why did I do this to myself?

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It's the beginning of the semester and that means half of the students on campus have decided that we are going to go back to the gym after their workout routine fell through last semester. It's been months since we've stepped foot in the gym, but we are ready to attack it and get fit. That is until we get there and start going.

1. How did I get to the gym? Didn't I walk here? That should count as exercise

2. Why am I here?

3. Are these clothes tighter than they were last time?

4. Why is every single machine full? What am I supposed to do?

5. Is everyone looking at me?

6. I can't remember where anything is here

7. Okay, I am going to set this at the easiest level

8. Can I go home yet?

9. Is 3 minutes long enough? No, darn it.

10. How many calories have I burned? Only 10 are you kidding me!

11. Why is everyone else here going so hard? I look like a slacker

12. I am so sweaty right now

13. Maybe I should get a smoothie as a reward for working out

14. I am literally dying right now. I am about to drop dead

15. Only 5 more minutes to go. I've got this!

16. I don't got this

17. Why do people come here every day?

18. Last minute I'm going to go so hard right now

19. Just kidding that two seconds was good enough. I'm going to cool down for the last 58

20. Hallelujah, praise Jesus, I am done!

21. I am so tired

22. My body is so sore

23. I can't believe I have to walk home now. I've already done my exercising for the day

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