Charlie is the gifted New Jersey songwriter, artist, and producer behind smash hits “See You Again” with Wiz Khalifa, “One Call Away,” “Marvin Gaye” featuring Meghan Trainor, and his latest hit with Selena Gomez, “We Don’t Talk Anymore.”
Charlie started playing piano at age 4, exploring classical, jazz, 70s singer-songwriters, and then later modern pop and hip hop. Hear more about his early years in Rumson, New Jersey, to being discovered by Ellen DeGeneres on YouTube, to taking the leap to move to L.A.
Hear the story behind writing “See You Again,” meet some of Charlie’s collaborators, and see where he and Selena Gomez recorded their vocals for “We Don’t Talk Anymore.”
“I get to work with so many great songwriters, I feel really fortunate, because again they bring out the best in me.” — Charlie Puth
In 2011, Ellen DeGeneres tapped Charlie Puth and a friend to appear on her show after their cover of Adele’s “Someone Like You” went viral. “It got me in front of 30 million people,” Puth says of the experience. “It pushed me into a different area I never thought I would reach.”
Just three years later, the New Jersey-bred vocalist, musician, producer, and songwriter arrived in Los Angeles as an aspiring artist. He soon signed with Atlantic Records and co-wrote, co-produced, and was featured on Wiz Khalifa’s ballad, “See You Again,” from the movie “Furious 7.” The track became a four-time Platinum smash that topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 12 weeks, tying the record for the longest run at No. 1 for a rap song. It also became No. 1 in move than 100 countries, while its video racked up more than a billion YouTube views.
Puth followed that hit with another, “Marvin Gaye” featuring Meghan Trainor, a Platinum record and his second Top 40 hit in the U.S.
He ended 2015 with an array of accolades, including two Teen Choice Awards, a Hollywood Film Award, two American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Award, and MTV Europe Award nominations, plus a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. Puth also received an impressive three Grammy nominations, including the coveted Song of the Year category for songwriters.
According to Puth, “Nine Track Mind,” his latest album, “Reflects me as a person by showing how closed off yet open I can be with people. Even though I don’t appear shy times at times, I do consider myself to be a pretty shy person. This is very personal music and I’m opening myself up by sharing it with the world.”
Although he did collaborate with a few select songwriters and producers, nearly every song was initially produced in his bedroom. As the final touch on the album, Charlie’s good friend and pop singer, Selena Gomez, added her vocals to the song, “We Don't Talk Anymore.”
Of his pop-meets-hip-hop style, Puth says, “I want people to hear the realness in it. I think there’s this perception about pop music these days that every act is put together by someone in a suit … I want the audience to look at me as a regular person, but to be overwhelmed by the music. And I want them to be inspired to do exactly what I’m doing — follow their dreams.”
Charlie Puth first fell in love with music growing up by the shore in Rumson, New Jersey. He credits his supportive parents for his early music education, citing James Taylor as his idol and primary influence. Puth’s father exposed him to R&B artists like Barry White, The Isley Brothers, and Marvin Gaye, while his mother, a piano teacher, began teaching him piano when he was four years old.