And now songs I’ve recorded in my bedroom are being heard by millions of people.” Puth first fell in love with music growing up by the shore in Rumson, New Jersey. “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.
And his most fervent wish is that his fans will be as inspired by his story as he is by theirs.
“I’ve gotten some pretty powerful messages from fans,” Puth says.
In 2011, Ellen De Generes tapped Puth and a friend to appear on her show after their cover of Adele’s “Someone Like You” went viral.
Puth appeared on the show twice and watched his international fan base grow both on and offline.
“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.” In addition to the sultry “Marvin Gaye,” which Puth says he wanted to be like musical courage for an unassuming guy like him, every song on the album was written to express something he was feeling at the time, whether it was concern for a friend he couldn’t be there for in person because his hectic schedule (“One Call Away”), loving someone although he knew it wasn’t smart (“Dangerously”), or overwhelm from the pressure of trying to finish the album (“Losing My Mind”).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,” which is about cutting off all communication after a break up.“I played this song for Selena and she loved it,” Puth says.He followed that up with the British chart-topper “Marvin Gaye,” featuring Meghan Trainor, which gave Puth another platinum record and his second Top 40 hit in the U. He made the morning talk show and late-night TV rounds (Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon), hit the road opening for Trainor on her U. tour (where fans sang along to every word of his set), and ended 2015 with an array of accolades, including two Teen Choice Awards, a Hollywood Film Award, two American Music Award, MTV Video Music Award, and MTV Europe Award nominations, plus a Golden Globe nomination for ‘Best Original Song’.As if that weren’t enough, Puth received an impressive three GRAMMY nominations including the coveted ‘Song of the Year’ category that specifically recognizes songwriters.“It got me in front of 30 million people,” he says of the experience.