The Crazy Story Behind Shawn Mendes’ Sound On ‘There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back’

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Shawn Mendes has a LOT of great songs, and the stories behind how he came up with them continues to surprise us.

In the past, Mendes has opened up about what his hit single, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” is actually about — he wrote it about a fictional girl he first discovered in a movie script. Now, he’s talking about how the sound and raspy voice on the track originated, and it’s equally as interesting.

“Actually, really, really kind of weird,” Mendes told MTV News when asked about how that song originated. “I had to get a surgery on my sinuses, because I was having sinus infections, weird stuff, it doesn’t matter, but I came to LA because I was going to write for two weeks for the new album.”

While in Los Angeles, the Canadian singer discovered that he was in fact really sick, but it wasn’t before he recorded “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” and discovered side to his voice that he didn’t know existed.

“I ended up getting really sick and having to go in for another surgery, but the day right before the surgery, before I even knew I was sick, I went into the studio and I was complaining because my voice, and stuff, not knowing I had this crazy infection, and that’s what actually gave me that crazy rasp feel on the song, because my voice was breaking,” he explained. “Literally breaking. But, it actually made it sound really cool.”

The song does sound really cool, and his performance of the track at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards was ah-mazing, so getting sick and needing surgery was all worth it, right? Well, based on all of Mendes success with the single, we’d say, yes!

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