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Watch Shawn Mendes Perform Soaring Ballad ‘Mercy’ on ‘Fallon’

Singer-songwriter also helped parody classic tracks by Simon & Garfunkel, Adele with #FallSongs segment

Shawn Mendes performed his dynamic new ballad “Mercy” on Thursday’s The Tonight Show. Backed by mallet drums, electric guitar, bass and piano, the young singer-songwriter went from a hum to hard-hitting, melismatic vocal runs.

During his Tonight Show visit, Mendes also assisted Jimmy Fallon and the Roots by singing Twitter parody lyrics submitted with the hashtag #FallSongs. “Hello Starbucks, my old friend/ It’s time for pumpkin spice again,” he sang in the style of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.” Another highlight was his autumn-styled version of Adele’s “Hello”: “Hello, it’s trees,” he sang. “We were wondering if after all these months you’d like some leaves.”

“Mercy” – which follows Mendes’ Top 10 Billboard hit “Treat You Better” – highlights the 18-year-old’s second LP, Illuminate. The singer recently released a guitar-smashing video for the dramatic power-ballad.


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