We here at ANDPOP want to help you be trendsetters, introducing you to brand new (or just underrated) music to tell your friends about — yes, that was a Weeknd reference. We want you to be that person who says “I knew him/her before everyone else” — a “music hipster” if you will. EVERY THURSDAY, our aim is to bless your ears with the music that you’ve never heard, but will never stop listening to. This week, we have our attention on Charlie Puth.
Born and raised in Rumson, New Jersey, Charlie Puth’s first introduction to music can be traced all the way back to his days in the womb – when his mother would play James Taylor tracks and wear headphones on her belly. From then on, music remained a constant in the Puth household– between his mom and his dad he was exposed to both classical music and R&B. It was these genres that eventually inspired him, at just 11-years old, to record his first album – a Christmas CD that he sold from door-to-door. He later donated all of his earnings to his church.
In 2011, people first started getting wind of Charlie’s talents after he appeared on Ellen DeGeneres after she saw a video of him singing Adele’s “Someone Like You” — yeah, he started on the internet like a lot of our faves. From then his fan base grew as he started writing and producing songs for Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor and the legendary Stevie Wonder.
Since his debut, Charlie has released a handful of chart-topping singles, including Furious 7’s “See You Again,” which is used during the film’s closing montage tribute to Paul Walker. The track became a number one single in 90 countries, and reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, Shazam, Spotify and iTunes. He then went on to release “Marvin Gaye,” a duet with Meghan Trainor, and then later dropped his Selena Gomez collab “We Don’t Talk Anymore.”
He’s also gone on to win a Teen Choice Award, Billboard Music Award and a handful of others — and his debut studio album, “Nine Track Mind” only just dropped earlier this year. = It didn’t take long for us to become massive fans of Charlie’s sultry R&B sound and stunning songwriting. His insane vocals and stunning lyrics have made him a quick favourite.
Name: Charles Otto Puth Jr.
Known For: His sultry R&B sound.
File Next To: Nathan Sykes
Download Now: “We Don’t Talk Anymore” (Feat. Selena Gomez)
RAPID FIRE FACTS:
- He got his eyebrow scar when he was two, after he was bit by a dog.
- At 10, Charlie started studying jazz and spent his Saturdays at the Manhattan School of Music in Harlem.
- Like many new artists, Charlie got his start by posting his original songs and covers onto YouTube.
- When describing his track “Marvin Gaye,” he says he wants it to be a sort of “musical assistance.” “I want a dude like me who’s shy to hear the record and have the courage to go up to a girl and just kiss her or something crazy like that.” Well, that explains that hot lip-lock he had with Meghan Trainer during last year’s AMA performance.
I Won’t Tell A Soul
One Call Away
We Don’t Talk Anymore