That’s right! While there’s simply no denying that the 20-year-old is an absolute pro when it comes to live performances, he gets stage fright just like everyone else. In fact, he’s totally freaking out about his upcoming live Grammy performance — especially because he’ll be performing in front of a lot of other people in the music industry that he looks up to.
“I was thinking about, you know, being really nervous for the Grammys and then trying to think more and more about what it is that makes me nervous when I’m performing, and … to be completely honest and true and vulnerable with you guys, I realized that I care so much about what people think.”
The “Lost In Japan” crooner also said that it’s not just industry professionals that he gets anxious to perform for, but it’s fans and online critics, too!
He said, “Whether it’s whoever’s sitting in the audience, or it’s what people are thinking online, or what people are going to write about the thing after that. I sit there and I just think in my head, ‘OK, what do I have to do right now to impress people?’ And I realize that that’s the backwards thing.”
Well, he’s right. It’s totally backwards. The “Nervous” singer shouldn’t have to worry about what others think about his music and his live performances, especially since he puts so much pressure on himself as it is to be the best he could possibly be. Don’t worry, though. Shawn knows exactly what he needs to do.
“What I have to truly do is, I have to sit down and sing my song and truly connect with it, and in my own heart be in love with what I’m doing, and in my own heart get goosebumps from the fact that I’m enjoying what I’m doing so much because the only way people in the audience can truly feel is if I’m feeling it too, and I think that’s really beautiful and I think that’s something everyone needs to keep in mind.”
Last, but certainly not least, the “In My Blood” singer encouraged fans with passions of their own to do what makes them happy without concerning themselves with the opinions of other people.
“If you’re passionate about something, the goal is not to impress people,” he said. “If there’s anyone you should be worrying about impressing, it’s yourself, and to not judge yourself, and to really, genuinely make yourself feel like, ‘God, I love this.’ If you can be doing what you love to do and you sit there in your bedroom and you’re singing, or whatever you’re doing, and you’re like, ‘God, I love this so much. This is the best feeling in the world. I wish other people could feel this,’ the truth is is that they can, but the only way to share that feeling is if you love it first.” Aww!
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