Charlie Puth: photographers notes…

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Mall show, so not much space in the front of the stage to work with. Not much light to work with either. A piano player so not much action and limited perspectives. Fortunately, Charlie’s facial expressions are unconstrained and demonstrative at times, so still provides an opportunity for an interesting image.

A remarkable stage presence, even at one point, deciding to stand up at the keys rather than sit. You could hardly see him from the VIP area when he was sitting, an intuitive and wise choice to stand. Here’s a sitting compared to standing, I did move back slightly for the standing image but you get the idea.

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And technically there were numerous difficulties, which would freak out even some of the most consummate performers. The show was delayed at the start, not to unusual, but was also stopped mid-stream, on two separate occasions and for lengthy periods of time. I felt bad for the crew, as they feverishly checked and replaced various cords and connectors. Scrambling about in all directions attempting to track down the trouble.

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Charlie addressed the crowd for an inordiante amount of time. The five song setlist had a running time of 16:09 minutes, which is typical, about 3 minutes per song. He was on-stage for about 45 minutes, so about 30 minutes was spent directly addressing the crowd. And he was extremely entertaining, skilfully charming the whole group for the entire time, whether singing or speaking. Very impressive to say the least.

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Rarely, at any concert does the performer speak for that amount of time in-between songs. Yes of course, most artists, throw in the usual commentary but typically for just a minute or two, maybe adds up to 10 minutes or so, for a 90 minute show. Also looked like his in-ear monitors were not working, and he even removed one of them during the show. The challenge here was getting into the right position to find the correct angle in the such a crowded space. Not an easy one to cover, but I thought I captured a few decent images. Would love to catch a full blown show, if all goes well they should be back next year…

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“The 23 year old pop singer got his start on YouTube, as so many do these days. He and fellow Berklee student Emily Luther got together to enter a contest to see who could create the best version of Adele’s hit “Someone Like You”. Though they’d never actually sung together before, the duo recorded their beautiful rendition in an amateur video that quickly went viral. After a visit to the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the host signed them to a development deal with her eleveneleven label. That may have been several years ago, but the waiting has paid off for Puth, whose star is now rapidly rising.” Forbes

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“I put up a YouTube and her wife Portia (de Rossi) showed it to her and they said let’s find him,” Puth said. “They were calling my elementary school, they had a whole team of people who scoured around trying to find information on me and she called me and said, ‘Hey, it’s Ellen’ and I hung up. ‘No, it’s really Ellen’ and I hung up again and then she called back again, ‘No, it’s really Ellen and the whole team and please do not hang up.’“ Asbury Park Press

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“‘Everyone keeps asking about why my eyebrow is like this. I got bit by a dog when I was two years old.’ Puth even took to Twitter to explain the incident. Puth further explained that ‘he nearly died from the childhood incident due to head trauma.’ He also shared that because of the scar, his eyebrow will always look like that.” Christianity Daily

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“BEFORE FAME: He created his YouTube account on September 9, 2009, publishing his first video in December of that year. He initially mixed in music and vlogs for his channel before primarily turning it into strictly a music channel.” famousbirthdays.com

“Attended Berklee School of Music on a full scholarship, arguably the best music conservatory in all of the United States. As of 2015, 99 Berklee alumni have amassed a total of 229 Grammy Awards between them. Now, isn’t that impressive?” The Inquisitr

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“In New Jersey music, Rumson is synonymous with Bruce Springsteen, a longtime resident.” It’s music that breathes. A lesson learned from a neighbour.
“Everyone one, 50,000 people or something crazy like that, they were screaming along with a piano line (from ‘Badlands’),” said Puth of seeing Bruce Springsteen at the former Giants Stadium in East Rutherford in 2012. “The whole audience was singing along to that piano part and I thought to myself, ‘If people are singing along with the piano part, and it’s that easy to sing along with, of course they’re going to sing along with his lyrics.’ There’s space in Bruce music, which is why everyone can sing along to it and relate to it.” “To even to be compared to the success of Bruce is so wild,” Puth said. “To me, it really happened at the New Jersey show. It showed me how much support there is (for Jersey artists), and that’s why I’ll never get a California license.” Asbury Park Press

“Charlie Puth is not the first musician from New Jersey to have made it big. The Jonas Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen all hail from Puth’s native state.” the inquisitr

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“Puth’s tenor voice is capable of heartbreaking emotion — witness “See You Again” — and his music has the easy soul and the fluidity of the great Motown records. He’s bucking the trend of today’s heavy production in favor of a less-is-better attitude.” Asbury Park Press

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‘Fame has come quickly for the 23-year-old, who has also written hits for the likes of Jason Derulo, Trey Songz, and Pitbull. “I took an Uber last night and the driver just stared at me, so I was like, ‘Is there anything wrong?’” Puth told EW earlier this year. “And he was like, ‘No, man, you’re a great singer. I really look up to you!’ And he didn’t even turn on the meter!”’ Entertainment Weekly

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“Next up for Puth is a summer tour with duet partner Trainor, who is still riding a wave of popularity thanks to the three top 40 hits off her recent number one album, including “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin’”. The two will be criss-crossing the country on Trainor’s “MTrain” tour, which will help Puth gain new fans and grow his name. Having only launched his career (by debuting a first single) this year, Puth is doing alright for himself. “See You Again” is only growing, and soon enough he may be a global superstar.” Forbes

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YouTube channel, CharliesVlogs http://www.youtube.com/charlieputh
Website: http://www.charlieputh.com
Twitter: @charlieputh
Debut album, “Nine Track Mind”, drops Jan 1, 2016

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