Charlie Puth talks about his time working for Ellen DeGeneres’ eleveneleven record company.

The 30-year-old Grammy Award candidate discussed his early career on the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast after Greyson Chance reportedly had a similar experience. He said that after recording his debut EP, he “didn’t hear from anybody” at the now-defunct label.

Me against Greyson, we each had distinct experiences, Puth said. “But following the construction of my first demo EP, I do concur with him that nobody was truly there. After that, I seldom heard from anybody. Not throwing any blame on a single individual, but taken as a whole, everyone in the room suddenly vanished.”

He and Emily Luther signed with DeGeneres’ eleveneleven after establishing a popular YouTube channel in 2009 after she saw them perform their rendition of Adele’s “Someone Like You.” The label was established by the 64-year-old Emmy Award-winning talk show presenter and Mike Hamlin in May 2010. By 2012, the business was closed.

Puth acknowledged that since he was still rather inexperienced, he is not disappointed that those early songs were never made public. I don’t know how excellent those songs are, but I never heard them again,” he stated.

Despite having a similar experience with the label as Chance, 25, the Charlie musician claimed to get along well with DeGeneres: “Ellen is thought of as nasty. That has never happened to me. She could like me.”

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Chance had described feeling “totally abandoned” by DeGeneres and the label after signing in 2010. When he began to perform poorly, he said she came across as “controlling,” and DeGeneres finally dropped him.

She is the most cunning, selfish, and openly opportunistic person I’ve ever encountered, Chance said.

They “went above and beyond to help set him up for success,” a source close to the Ellen DeGeneres Show crew previously told PEOPLE, but in business, it doesn’t always pan out, and his career did not take off.

The Palladium musician confessed in a TikTok that he’s still “grateful for her giving me a start” after signing after his version of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” went viral.

But he said, “I’m more thankful for myself for the times when I was dumped and things went wrong when I was a youngster. “I’m grateful to the 15-year-old version of myself who picked up the pieces, continued moving forward, and kept battling.”

Chance threw in: “People who speak the truth and summon the courage to do so when it’s challenging, inconvenient, or painfully tedious inspire me in so many ways. I needed to speak the truth, and it’s finally out there, which is why I did it.”

By Elen

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