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Charlie Puth is an award-winning American singer. He’s responsible for multi-platinum hits such as “Marvin Gaye” and “One Call Away.” But unlike many of his peers, Puth’s true musical talent lies beyond singing and songwriting. The pop star has a rare perfect pitch. And he doesn’t shy away from that fact, which has landed him in trouble many times.

How Charlie Puth’s music career began

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Charlie Puth performs onstage during 106.1 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2019 at Dickies Arena on December 03, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Although Puth burst onto the scene with hits like “Marvin Gaye” and “See You Again,” his musical journey started before then. According to ALLMUSIC, by sixth grade, Puth recorded and sold his first album, dubbed the Christmas Album, all on his own. 

His passion would see him pursue jazz piano in high school, which opened up an opportunity at Berklee College of Music. There, the singer’s regular social media postings caught the attention of super television host Ellen DeGeneres, who signed him and singing partner Emily Luther to a Warner Bros-affiliated record label.

While things didn’t work out with the label, the pop star remained active in music. He worked with the likes of Bonnie McKee and Pitbull. He later signed with Atlantic Records in 2014 and collaborated with megastars such as Meghan Trainor on “Marvin Gaye” and Wiz Khalifa on “See You Again.”

Since then, Puth has never looked back. He has two RIAA-certified albums and a third one in line for release this year. He’s collaborated with icons like Elton John on “After All,” and received numerous co-writing credits from superstars like Jason Derulo, Selena Gomez, Cee Lo Green, and Trey Songz. 

Puth has ‘perfect pitch’ — but it’s not always easy

Puth has a rare talent that allows him to recognize a musical note just by hearing it. Only one to five people out of a group of 10,000 are naturally born with perfect or absolute pitch, according to Scientific American.

In a recent interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the “We Don’t Talk Anymore” singer explained how he’s been able to memorize notes from four years old. This affected his social life growing up. He once got suspended from school for mimicking the school’s digital bell and letting everyone go home early.

That wasn’t the last encounter the “One Call Away” star would face due to his talent. In another interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Puth revealed that although he always tries to be modest about his gift, people scold him for mentioning he has a perfect pitch.

Puth’s latest single “Light Switch” and upcoming album ‘Charlie’


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The singer’s latest single, “Light Switch,” came out in January. It has about 6.7 million streams on all major streaming platforms. The single debuted at No. 42 on Billboard’s Hot 100 during its first week and is currently among the top songs worldwide.

Puth will release his third career album, Charlie, sometime this year, after a three-year gap from his last one, Voicenotes. In a recent interview with Insider, the 30-year-old singer explained how this new album would silence all his critics and doubters. “I’m not trying to be so cool. I’m not trying to pretend,” he said of his new direction. The kid with the perfect pitch grew up to be a musically talented adult with a lot to say.