Sometimes being an obsessive fan completely pays off.
(Let me be clear, when I say obsessive I mean it in a respectful and non-threatening way.)
Okay, I am fully aware that this site often feels like a giant (and adorable) on-going ad for Spotify but I am being completely genuine when I say that it is the best streaming service out there.
I just got home from my third #SpotifyFansFirst event and I am reeling. The #SpotifyFansFirst events happen when Spotify gathers the fans that have been listening to one specific artist the most and this time it was the talented Shawn Mendes. Admittedly, I got to go because my friend Alex has been obsessed with the new Mendes album so she got invited to this event and was able to bring a plus one. The event was held in a private home that had a large garden; the event included the perfect photo ops, a section to create your personalized essential oil, while you got to indulge in the food and drinks that were being passed around.
Though the event itself was fun, the real magic occurred when Shawn Mendes stepped on the intimate stage. Given the large platform that he has, I expected a large live production and yet all Shawn Mendes really needs is a guitar in his hands and a microphone in front of him in order to give a magnificent performance. If you’ve ever considered writing him off as just another pop artist, I urge you to reconsider. His vocals have range, his songs have heart and his soul absolutely shines when he performs.
The set was short and sweet (about 30 minutes) but he gave us just the right amount of content to have us go home to replay his self-titled album. He reminded us of the gems that pushed him into the spotlight, like “Mercy”, while giving us a taste of his newest album with “Youth” and my favorite “In My Blood”.
Though I still can’t figure out whether the magic comes from how personable he is or from his undenying talent; the truth is Shawn Mendes is absolutely worth the hype that surrounds him and his music.
So maybe take some time out of your busy schedule and play his album, I promise the swooning will commence 30 seconds into the first song.