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Charlie Puth Biography

Charles Otto "Charlie" Puth, Jr. (/puːθ/; born December 2, 1991) is an American singer, songwriter, arranger, and record producer. Puth gained popularity virally by posting his work to YouTube. Puth released two extended plays, The Otto Tunes (2010) and Ego (2013), as an independent artist. In 2015, he signed with Atlantic Records and released his debut single "Marvin Gaye", which features guest vocals from Meghan Trainor. The single has been certified 2× Platinum in Australia, topped the charts in New Zealand, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, and peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Puth wrote, co-produced, and was featured on a song with Wiz Khalifa, "See You Again", included in the Furious 7 soundtrack as a tribute to the late Paul Walker. On May 1, 2015, Puth released an EP, Some Type of Love.[2] The pre-order for Puth's debut studio album Nine Track Mind started on August 20, 2015 along with the second single One Call Away, and the album was released on January 29, 2016.

Puth was born December 2, 1991 in Rumson, New Jersey,[4] the son of Debra and Charles Puth,[5] his father is of German descent and his mother is Jewish.[6] In 1993 or 1994, his right eyebrow was damaged in a near fatal dog bite incident.[7] Puth participated in a summer youth jazz ensemble in Red Bank, New Jersey at 12.[4] He graduated from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in 2010.[8][9] During his 7th grade to senior years, he attended Manhattan School of Music Pre-College[10] as a jazz piano major and a classical minor. On a full scholarship, he graduated in 2013 from the Berklee College of Music, where he majored in music production and engineering.

In September 2009, he started his own YouTube channel, entitled Charlies Vlogs, posting comedy videos and acoustic covers.[12] In 2010, Puth released the music video of his first song, "These Are My Sexy Shades".[13] On December 10, he released his debut extended play, The Otto Tunes, an independent release.[14] In 2011, he won an online video competition sponsored by Perez Hilton, Can You Sing?, with a version of Adele's "Someone like You" which he performed with Emily Luther.[10] In the same year Ellen DeGeneres announced that she had signed Puth and Luther to her label, eleveneleven, after seeing their performance of Adele's "Someone like You".[15] Puth had performed the song on the show.[16] In December 2012 he released a promotional single, "Break Again", with additional vocals by Emily Luther.[17] The music video was released days later.[18] On January 25, 2012, Puth and Luther performed the song and Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[19] Puth also performed at an event supporting DKMS Delete Blood Cancer, the world's largest bone marrow donor center, in October 2012.[20] Puth left eleveneleven in late 2012.[21]

On October 23, 2013, he released his second independent extended play, Ego, to streaming online.[22][23] Puth was credited with the production and writing of songs and jingles for fellow YouTube personalities. He wrote the theme song for Shane Dawson's Shane and Friends podcast, the intro jingle for the videos of the Vlogger family the Shaytards, the original theme song for Charles Trippy's vlog Internet Killed Television, and a song for the tour and movie of YouTube group Our 2nd Life, as well as several singles for Our 2nd Life member Ricky Dillon. In 2014 he released the promotional single "L.U.V."[24] The music video was directed by Andrew Vallentine[25] In the same year, he co-wrote the song "Celebrate" on Pitbull's eighth studio album Globalization.

In early 2015, Puth signed with Atlantic and his previous records were removed from iTunes.[27] In February 2015, Puth released his debut single "Marvin Gaye", which features guest vocals from Meghan Trainor.[28] The single has been certified 2× Platinum in Australia, topped the charts in New Zealand, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, and peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[29][30] Puth wrote, co-produced, and was featured on a song with Wiz Khalifa, "See You Again", a tribute to the late Paul Walker, included in the Furious 7 soundtrack. While Khalifa wrote the rap lyrics, the rest of the song has been credited to Puth. The song peaked at number one on the Hot 100 chart for 12 non-consecutive weeks.[31][32] "See You Again" was nominated for three Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media. It was also shortlisted for the Song of the Year for the BBC Music Awards and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.[33] He produced the song "Slow Motion" for Trey Songz and has arranged sessions with Jason Derulo and Lil Wayne.[34]

Puth starred as Meghan Trainor's love interest in the music video of "Dear Future Husband". In the synopsis, she meets Puth on the online dating service and he comes to Trainor's home with a carryout pizza, which succeeds in impressing Trainor. The video ends with Trainor smiling and inviting Puth into her home.[35] On May 1, 2015, Puth released a five-song extended play, Some Type of Love.[2] In June 2015, he released the promotional single "Nothing but Trouble" with Lil Wayne, from the soundtrack to the documentary 808: The Movie.[36] During 2015, Puth worked on several albums of other artists. He co-wrote and produced the "Broke" and "Pull Up" for Jason Derulo's album Everything Is 4,[37] co-wrote "Bombastic" with Bonnie McKee from the album with the same title,[38] and produced "Working Class Heroes (Work)" on CeeLo Green's album Heart Blanche.[39] Pre-orders for Puth's debut studio album Nine Track Mind began on August 20, 2015, along with the second single "One Call Away". The song peaked at number 12 in the United States, 26 in the United Kingdom and 4 in Australia.[40] As of February 2016, the song has sold 513,700 copies domestically.[41] Puth released a remix for the song, entitled "One Call Away (Coast to Coast Mix)", featuring American rappers Tyga and Ty Dolla Sign, country recording artist Brett Eldredge and Mexican singer Sofia Reyes.[42]

His debut album, Nine Track Mind, was released on January 29, 2016.[43] The album debuted at number three in the United Kingdom.[44] Puth embarked his debut live concert, Nine Track Mind Tour, in March 2016.


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