Blog written by Intern – Isabelle Dzwonczyk
Charlie Puth made a return visit to Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia to visit patients, answer their questions, and perform on the hospital’s new piano! The singer-songwriter has kept busy since his last trip to the Philadelphia studio. While touring for six months, Charlie took time to put together his first full album Nine Track Mind. His favorite song on the album? Charlie says it’s a toss-up between “One Call Away,” a song he surprisingly wrote during a bout with the flu and an impending trip to China, or “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” a song that he collaborated on with Selena Gomez. Other artists he’s had the pleasure of working with include Meghan Trainor, Stevie Wonder, and Fergie.
Charlie talked a lot about his background during this visit. He grew up in Long Branch, New Jersey with his parents and a brother and sister who are twins. Charlie’s choice to pursue music came from his parents’ love of Barry White and James Taylor, two artists that have been a big influence on his work. He wanted to make music that his parents would respond to and enjoy. To this day, his parents are still an influence on his choices when it comes to which of his songs to release as singles. Surprisingly, Charlie did not begin singing until he was seventeen or eighteen! In addition to his parents’ music, he is influenced by David Foster, John Mayer, and anything classic.
Something new we learned about Charlie on this visit was his love of cars! He considers himself a car trivia enthusiast and spends much of his time reading books and magazines about automobiles. He says his dream car is a Mercedes-Benz S-Class 500, though he would be happy with any car that was understated and not too flashy. In addition to his car hobby, Charlie likes to spend time with his dog, a cavalier spaniel named Brady who he misses while on tour.
After a Q&A with patients, Charlie ended his visit with a performance on the piano of “One Call Away.” Best of luck on your tour, Charlie, and we can’t wait for your next visit!