WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY REBECCA REECE
The “We Don’t Talk Anymore” star quickly doubled his fame level after the single (featuring Selena Gomez) released. It’s a song that literally everyone knows right now. You probably even know his songs “One Call Away” and “Marvin Gaye.” You hear him on the radio, and in the grocery store, or over the Pandora station at the doctor’s office. The music’s recognizable, but by some mysterious way, the artist himself is less known. The 24-year-old New Jersey native first gained recognition from his YouTube videos (not an unusual way these days). He released multiple songs that gained notable recognition by Ellen, Lady Antebellum, Perez Hilton, and Emily Luther. Since signing with Atlantic Records in 2015, he’s created numerous top hits. “One Call Away” featuring Meghan Trainor is 2x platinum in Australia and topped charts at number 26 on Billboard. Puth’s vocals can be heard alongside Wiz Khalifa in the 3x Grammy nominated “See You Again” from Furious 7. We could tell you all about his famous productions, but don’t feel that really gives the artist justice.
Puth came through New Orleans on September 30th playing at the locally famous Joy Theatre. He took time from his set to genuinely address the fame and audience size.
“I like playing a little more intimate sets like this.”
The crowd was well connected with the artist, with only real fans there, singing each and every word. But it wasn’t the lyrics that had our brains going and hearts pulling. It was what he said about himself.
“I feel I’ve reached the perfect level of fame. I can come to New Orleans for the first time and play a show like this where you all know me and my songs. If I never got any more famous than I am right now, I would be perfectly content with life because I can go to Mother’s. I can sit there and enjoy my gumbo and not be bothered or cause a disruption, because this is the perfect level.”
It’s not something you tend to hear often, if at all. These days there are different problems retaining more attention for media. Artists who complain on social media of fans treating them like a zoo animal or being sexually harassed by fans. What Charlie Puth has is a good kind of known. It’s not about looks or money. It’s purely about the music, the art, and the fan appreciation. To be totally creative and recognized for just that.
To be successful, but not overly successful.
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