Source: Dainik Bhaskar (21-July-2019)

Charles Otto Puth Jr. : An American singer, songwriter and record producer

Charles Otto Puth Jr. is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. His initial exposure came through the viral success of his song videos uploaded to YouTube.”See You Again” was released as Puth’s debut single in 2015, 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 “Marvin Gaye”, which featured American singer-songwriter, Meghan Trainor. The song topped charts in New Zealand, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. 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”, which peaked at number 12 and number nine, respectively on the US Billboard Hot 100. In 2017, he released two songs, “Attention” and “How Long” from his second studio album, Voicenotes, with the former peaking at number four on BillboardHot 100.

Charles Otto Puth Jr. was born December 2, 1991, 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 has perfect pitch. His 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 Charlie Brown’s 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.

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