Pharrell Williams or simply Pharrell , whose real name Pharrell Lanscilo Williams , born April 5, 1973 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is an author American singer-songwriter, producer, musician and stylist. With Chad Hugo, they form the musical production duo The Neptunes. He is also the singer and drummer of the band N.E.R.D that he forms with Hugo and his childhood friend Shay Haley. His first single Frontin ' was released in 2003 and his first solo album, In My Mind , in 2006. It is distinguished in particular in five duets with Snoop Dogg: Beautiful , Drop It Like It's Hot , Set Up , Let's Get Blown and So Many Pros . It's his participation as a producer of Britney Spears' I'm a Slave 4 U and the album Justified by Justin Timberlake who reveals it to the general public.
In 2013, he chained worldwide successes by singing on two tracks from Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories : the singles Get Lucky and Lose Yourself to Dance , as well as with Robin Thicke and TI on n> 1 Blurred Lines , and finally Happy , a song he wrote and composed. In 2014, he became curator of an exhibition titled GIRL, the name of his second album, at the Perrotin gallery, in Paris>. In 2017, he released the song Feels, in collaboration with Calvin Harris, Katy Perry and Big Sean who also knows a great success.
Pharrell Williams was born on April 5, 1973 in Virginia Beach, Carolyn, a teacher, and Pharrell Williams, a handyman. Eldest of siblings also comprising two brothers: Cato, a professional skateboarder, and Psolomon, as well as two half-brothers: Pharoah III and David, a Delaware businessman. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo met at a summer camp while they were in college. Pharrell Williams played keyboards and drums while Chad was a saxophonist. They were also members of a brass band: Williams played the snare drum and Hugo was a conductor. They continue to play in the orchestra of Princess Anne High School, and it is here that Pharrell Williams inherits his nickname, Skateboard P>.
In the 1990s, Chad and Pharrell Williams formed an R'n'B band with two friends, Shay Haley and Mike Etheridge, whom they named The Neptunes. It is by participating in shows of young talents, especially in their high school, that they are discovered by Teddy Riley, whose studio is nearby. After graduating, they sign with Riley and the Neptunes adventure begins ...