Pharrell Williams

Virgina Beach, VA, USA
School: Princess Anne High School
Work: The Neptunes, N*E*R*D, Billionaire Boys Club, Ice Cream, iamOTHER.com, HappyBlurred LinesGirlDespicable MeMove That DopeJustifiedFrontinBeautifulThe Emancipation of MimiDrop It Like It’s HotMoney MakerThe Voice, Bionic Yarn, G-Star Raw
Links: Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, pharrellwilliams.com


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Born April 5, 1973, Pharrell Williams is a professional, American producer, writer, musician, fashion designer and media personality from Virginia Beach, Virginia.
 
The oldest of three sons, at age 12, Pharrell would meet Filipino-American, Chad Hugo at a summer band camp for gifted children. The two friends (along with Shay Haley and Mike Etheridge) formed the band the Neptunes. While in high school, the pair would write the double-platinum selling song “Rump Shaker”, for the band Wreckx-N-Effect, before signing with producer Teddy Riley. Williams and Hugo eventually charted 24, Top 10 Billboard  songs, making the Neptunes production duo one of the most successful in history.
 
The artist, also known as Skateboard P, has written and produced for childhood friend Timmy Tim (Timbaland), Missy Elliot, Noreaga, Babyface, LL Cool J, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Nelly, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Madonna, Ludacris, Gloria Estefan, Robin Thicke, Justin Tiberlake, the Rolling Stones, Mariah Carey and Britney Spears. He is a 7-time Grammy Award winner (2004 x 2, 2007, 2014 x 4) and was voted “Best Dressed Man in the World” in 2005 by Esquire. In 2001, he would form the concept band N.E.R.D. (No-one Ever Really Dies) as a side project from the Neptunes. Often seen in his signature Vivienne Westwood hat, he has co-designed jewelry for Louis Vuitton and in 2005, launched the Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream  clothing brands. He was ranked by Forbes as the 14th Highest-Paid Hip-Hop artist in the world in 2013, earning over $9 million.

“I’m not like a vast, huge, mainstream celebrity kind of guy. I’m just a person who’s fortunate enough to be able to put out an album…”

In 2008, Pharrell founded From One Hand to AnOTHER to provide children with an augmented learning experience featuring science, technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Motivation. He built the Pharrell Williams Resource Center, a $35 million afterschool center in Virgina Beach and has supported charities such as Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, Got Your 6, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation.
 
Williams married model and designer Helen Lasichanh in 2013 and is father to their son Rocket Man. In early 2014, he joined reality television show The Voice, replacing CeeLo Green as coach.
 

Pharrell Williams Biography References: “Pharrell Williams”, www.people.com, October 31, 2014 (retrieved); “13 Questions With Pharrell”, www.askmen.com October 31, 2014 (retrieved); “Like the song? These guys wrote it”, www.theage.com, May 15, 2014; “2006 Richest In Hip-Hop”, panachereport.com, October 31, 2014 (retrieved); “STYLE; The Sound”, by Sasha Frere-Jones, www.nytimes.com, February 8, 2004; “Pharrell Williams Biography” by Andy Kellman, www.allmusic.com, October 31, 2014 (retrieved); “Pharrell Is The World’s Best-Dressed Man (According To Esquire, Anyway)”, by Jennifer Vineyard, www.mtv.com, August 11, 2005; “The cool part about being a N.E.R.D.” by Chris Lee, www.latimes.com, June 1, 2008; “Cash Kings 2013: The World’s 20 Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Artists” by Zack O’Malley Greenburg, www.forbes.com, September 24, 2013; “FOHTA’s History”, fohta.org, October 31, 2014 (retrieved); “Pharrell Williams Charity Work, Events and Causes”, “Pharrell Williams, Helen Lasichanh Say ‘I Do’ In Star Studded Ceremony”, www.huffingtonpost.com, October 13, 2013; www.looktothestars.org, October 31, 2014 (retrieved); Photo (thumbnail): Kallerna; Last updated November 13, 2014

Pharrell Williams, 2010


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