Charles Otto Puth Jr. was born December 2, 1991 and is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. His initial exposure came through the viral success of his song videos uploaded to YouTube.
He was born in Rumson, New Jersey, to Debra, a music teacher who also wrote commercials for HBO, and Charles Otto Puth Sr., a builder and real estate agent. His father is Catholic and his mother is Jewish. He has two younger siblings, twins Stephen and Mikaela.
As a two-year-old, Puth’s right eyebrow was permanently scarred in a nearly fatal dog-bite incident.
Puth’s mother introduced him to classical music and began teaching him the piano at age 4. He started studying jazz at age 10 and participated in a summer youth jazz ensemble at Count Basie Theatre’s Cool School in Red Bank, New Jersey at 12. He was hired by The Count Basie Theatre to play in a Charlie Brown production. In grade six, he went door to door selling a Christmas album called Have a Merry Charlie Christmas that he had recorded and produced, making $600 in sales.
He attended the Holy Cross School, Rumson, and Forrestdale Middle School, before graduating from the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in 2010. During his seventh grade to senior years, he attended Manhattan School of Music Pre-College as a jazz piano major and a classical studies minor. Puth 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. In 2010, Puth released the music video of his first song, “These Are My Sexy Shades”. In December 2010, he released his debut extended play, The Otto Tunes, an independent release. 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. 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”. Puth had performed the song on the show. In December 2012 he released a promotional single, “Break Again”, with additional vocals by Emily Luther. The music video was released days later. On January 25, 2012, Puth and Luther performed the song and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Puth also performed at an event supporting DKMS Delete Blood Cancer, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center, in October 2012. Puth left eleveneleven in late 2012.
Puth began contributing to songs and albums for other artists such as Cody Simpson, Livingston Taylor, and Skizzy Mars; as well as creating lite solo material and covers of popular songs. With primary intent on a solo career, Atlantic Records eventually sought the artist and released his debut single, “Marvin Gaye” featuring Meghan Trainor in 2015. Coinciding with the single came his first feature, “See You Again”, which he co-wrote, co-produced, and performed with Wiz Khalifa for the Furious 7 soundtrack as a tribute to Paul Walker. It peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for 12 non-consecutive weeks. After the success of “See You Again”, he gained worldwide recognition for multiple subsequent releases, including his next single “One Call Away”. The single reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Puth’s debut studio album, Nine Track Mind, was released in January 2016 and was preceded by the singles “One Call Away” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore” featuring Selena Gomez.
On April 2017, Puth released the lead single, “Attention”, from his second studio album, Voicenotes. Puth also collaborated with One Direction’s Liam Payne on the single “Bedroom Floor”, which he co-produced and provided background vocals for. In 2018, he was featured on G-Eazy’s single “Sober”. On January 2018, Puth released the first promotional single of off Voicenotes “If You Leave Me Now” featuring Boyz II Men.
On August 2019, a remix version of the 5 Seconds of Summer song “Easier” with Puth (who also co-wrote and produced the original version) was released.
On January 2020, he revealed on Twitter that he has scrapped the third album. On April of the same year, Puth appeared on a remix of Gabby Barrett’s “I Hope”.
Growing up, Puth was bullied at school.
He has also disclosed on On Air with Ryan Seacrest that he suffered a nervous breakdown from being overworked in combination with jet-lag and the self realization that he is getting more famous and his privacy diminishes everyday.
Puth has collaborated with teen clothing brand Hollister Co. since 2017.
Puth has said that Justin Bieber’s “viral leap into superstardom as a result of YouTube” influenced him to achieve the same.