After a handful of hits, countless TV appearances and multiple Grammy nominations, Charlie Puth finally releases his debut album, Nine Track Mind, today. The singer says releasing an album under his own name is "really, really amazing" -- because he thought he'd just be a behind-the-scenes songwriter his whole life.
"I never thought it would happen," Charlie says of becoming an artist. "I always thought...'Oh, I’ll be a YouTube cover artist and I’ll eventually move to Los Angeles to produce records and write records for other artists.'"
That's exactly what Charlie was doing...until someone noticed he was a great singer.
"It kind of molded into people liking my voice on these [demo] records," he tells ABC Radio, "and thinking that I should be the artist." He laughs, "I’m kinda glad that happened because I always secretly wanted to be an artist, like, low-key, but I just never admitted it I guess!"
In fact, Charlie originally wrote "See You Again" with the plan for Sam Smith to sing the hook, but of course, he ended up singing it himself. The track made him famous, spent 12 weeks at #1, earned him a Golden Globe nod and three Grammy nominations, including Song of the Year.
Nine Track Mind features Charlie's singles "Marvin Gaye," "One Call Away" and his new duet, "We Don't Talk Anymore," featuring Selena Gomez. He'll appear on NBC's Today on Friday morning. His headline tour kicks off March 3 in San Francisco, and the final show is a homecoming date in Red Bank, New Jersey on April 8.
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