There’s nothing holding him back, Shawn Mendes is at the top of his game!
It’s only been a few months since Shawn wrapped his last world tour in support of his sophomore album Illuminate, but the 18-year-old heartthrob is already about to embark on his next venture: The Illuminate World Tour, which will take him across five continents for the first time in his career. And in celebration, Shawn‘s decided to release a brand new single called: “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” produced by former RAC member Andrew Maury, and co-written by Shawn with his frequenter collaborators Teddy Geiger and Scott Harris (“Treat You Better,” “Ruin,” etc.).
“I had some time at the beginning of the year, so I went into the studio for just a couple days. Literally, I had three days in the studio, and this was one of the songs we came out with,” Shawn revealed to Entertainment Weekly. “It was one of those things where it would be a crime not to release this as a single even though we don’t have a [new] album right now. I wanted to make sure we released something going into the tour and summer. I’m really pumped for it. I think it’s a big step.”
The track, which has just been added to Illuminate as the brand new opener, is basically the grown, more sophisticated sibling to “Treat You Better” as Shawn laces his infectious vocals on-top of a guitar-laced, electro-pop production. “Oh, I’ve been shaking/ I love you when you go crazy/ You take all my inhibitions/ Baby, there’s nothing holding me back,” he sings with a gritter edge on-top of the power pop-rock chorus. “You take me places that tear up my reputation/ Manipulate my decisions/ Baby, there’s nothing holding me back.”
It’s sleek, very current and easily his most immediate-sounding song next to “Stitches” and “Treat You Better.” I ain’t mad at it.
“I wanted to make something that could play in the clubs,” Shawn continued. “I wanted something people could dance to at parties. I realized I never had that [in my catalog]. And even though we created something like that, it’s still very singer-songwriter-y. I’m doing a couple festivals this summer so I know that’ll be a good one to play live.”