Pop singer and songwriter Charlie Puth began his career with acoustic covers uploaded to YouTube.
An early supporter was Ellen DeGeneres, who signed the Berklee College alum -- along with his duet partner, Emily Luther -- to her Warner Bros.-affiliated ElevenEleven label. Though nothing materialized from that deal, Puth eventually signed with Atlantic. In early 2015, he released his debut single "Marvin Gaye" -- a duet with Meghan Trainor. Shortly thereafter, he gained much greater exposure as the co-songwriter, pianist, and featured vocalist on Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again," recorded as a tribute to actor Paul Walker for the soundtrack to Furious 7. The ballad reached number one in several territories, including the U.S., U.K., Germany, Australia, Italy, and Norway. "I Won't Tell a Soul" was then released as his second proper solo single, with the EP Some Type of Love appearing in May 2015. Plans to release "I Won't Tell a Soul" as a single were scrapped -- it still appeared on the EP -- as "Marvin Gaye" took off, reaching number one in the U.K. and New Zealand, while peaking at 21 on Billboard's Hot 100. "One Call Away," the next single culled from Puth's forthcoming album, appeared in August 2015, and the full-length Nine Track Mind finally saw release in the last week of January 2016. ~ Andy Kellman