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Charlie Puth: Alicia Keys’ ‘Songs In A Minor’ Is The ‘Reason Why I Make Music’

“Alicia and I are great friends now...I’m really excited for people to see these episodes of The Voice."

By Sarah Carroll

The lazy days of summer are coming to an end and no one is more aware of that than Charlie Puth!

The prolific singer-songwriter-musician is putting in some major overtime this fall.

He just announced dates for his fall tour, he’ll be assisting as a mentor on The Voice, and he’s doing his part to prevent bullying nationwide.

Related: Charlie Puth Announces Fall Tour Dates

Charlie, along with several other celebrities and athletes, have designed t-shirts to support CustomInk’s sixth annual Be Good To Each Other campaign. 100% of the profits benefit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in its “effort to engage, educate, and unite communities nationwide.”

Go to CustomInk.com/stopbullying to purchase Charlie’s Be Good To Each Other t-shirt for $20.

“We believe that bullies can be, almost like rehabilitated in a way,” Puth told Carson Daly on 97.1 AMP Radio.

“At the core, they’re really truly nice people. But bullying prevention – stopping it from happening, especially with Twitter being so relevant nowadays, like one wrong thing taken out of context can dispense an army of hate and like Alicia [Keys] says, ‘We don’t want any bad vibes around us. We only want to surround ourselves with good, positive energy.’”

Puth’s been spending some quality time with Keys lately as her guest adviser at The Voice. The “See You Again” crooner was absolutely starstruck when he got the call asking him to join the team.

“When I found out we were going on tour and we were putting it all together in September, I was like, ‘this is the most exciting thing in the world.’ And then, right as I hung up the phone with my creative director, I get a call from an 818 number and it’s like, ‘Hey, it’s Alicia!’ And I’m like, ‘Oh my god!’ Songs in A Minor, her debut record, is the reason why I make music and she is just so fantastic. I just couldn’t believe…it was kind of like when Ellen [DeGeneres] called me one time.”

“Alicia and I are great friends now,” Puth continued. “We were in the studio the other day. I’m really excited for people to see these episodes of The Voice. We put some really talented people together.”

The 24-year-old is well known for his superstar collaborations. His resume includes hit songs with Wiz Khalifa, Meghan Trainor, and Selena Gomez.

“10 seconds on Selena…She’s absolutely incredible to work with. We recorded [‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’] in a closet. I produced the whole track on my iPhone, a lot of people don’t know that.”

Puth kicks off his Don’t Talk Tour next month and it includes a stop at The Wiltern on November 8.

“I’ve never played it,” he said of the famous venue. “But every time I mention it, everybody gives me the [shocked gasp]. I don’t know what to expect.”

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