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Monday, September 21, 2015

Charlie Puth is just "One Call Away"

Photo courtesy of Warner Music Malaysia
Charlie Puth is a singer, songwriter, and producer who has written and produced songs for an array of A-list pop and urban artists such as Jason Derulo, Stevie Wonder, Meghan Trainor and Trey Songz among others.  Puth co-wrote, co-produced and and sings the hook on Wiz Khalifa’s chart-topping
 "See You Again". That song was the highlight soundtrack for the famous  motion picture Furious 7 . “See You Again” reached No. 1 in over 90 countries across the globe including the U.S., with the coveted No. 1 positions on the Billboard Hot 100, Shazam, iTunes and Spotify. 



He is a person with multi talents, a multi-talented vocalist, musician, producer, and also a versatile songwriter.  He first fell in love with music growing up by the shore in Rumson, New Jersey. “I didn’t grow up wealthy,” he says. “We couldn't even afford spaghetti sauce when I was first born, but my mom and dad worked really hard and came from the bottom up.” He credits his supportive parents for his early music education, citing his idol James Taylor as his primary influence. “My mom would put headphones on her belly and play his records to me while she was pregnant,” he says. Later on, Puth’s father exposed him to R&B artists like Barry White, The Isley Brothers, and Marvin Gaye, while his mother, a piano teacher, played him classical music and began teaching him piano when he was four years old. 

Puth started his own YouTube channel in September 2009, posting his own acoustic covers. He gained even bigger fame upon his entry of Adele’s “Someone Like You” for a Perez Hilton covers contest which went viral. In 2011, Ellen DeGeneres invited him and his friend to her show where he appeared twice and watched his international fanbase grow both on and offline.

He stepped out as an artist in his own right with his self-produced debut single “Marvin Gaye,” a sultry blend of Motown-influenced pop and hip-hop-flavored beats that feels like an instant classic.

Helping Puth deliver that assistance on “Marvin Gaye” was Meghan Trainor. “Meghan got involved after we were hanging out at a party one night in Los Angeles,” he says. “I played the song for her, she loved it, and said that she could absolutely kill it if I let her sing on it. Of course I’m going to let Meghan Trainor sing on it! Her vocal put the bow on the whole record. She brought such a soulful element.” Trainor also appears in “Marvin Gaye”’s prom-themed, spontaneous-make-out-filled video. He returned the favor by making a cameo in the video for Trainor’s single “Dear Future Husband.” 

He definitely reached a bigger audience with his killer combo of “Marvin Gaye” and “See You Again.” He is also hard at work on writing, recording and producing his debut album for Atlantic Records, which promises to deliver even more of his old-meets-new musical charm. “I've never been more proud of what I’m doing,” Puth says. “Usually when I’d write a song, I’d be too shy to play it, but I’ve never been so confident about playing these songs for people, and that’s a great feeling to have.”

While we wait for more magic  from Charlie Puth, listen to his brand new single called " One Call Away"  here


Written in collaboration with Warner Music Malaysia


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