All “happy” fans would already know that Pharrell Williams is not only a Grammy-winning singer but also a songwriter, producer and fashion designer.
The pop/R&B musician often referred to as “immortal” for his timeless looks, is one of the most successful artists whose music is recognized worldwide. Pharrell Williams with his upbeat melodies is one of the most influential musical icons of recent years. He is co-creator, drummer and lead singer of hip-hop, funk and rock band N.E.R.D. He is also co-owner of The Neptunes, a record company that produces R&B, hip-hop and soul music. His fashion design effects can be seen at the Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Clothing clothing brands, which he co-founded.
Biography, Age, Ethnicity
Pharrell Williams was born on April 5, 1973, in Virginia Beach, VA, USA. He is the oldest of three children born to Pharoah and Carolyn Williams. He attended Princess Anne High School and Kempsville High School. Williams grew up and was a percussionist and member of the marching school band. His ethnicity is African-American and he has American nationality.
Williams’ music career began at a young age. During his school days as an “unusual nerdy child”, he joined up with his friend and classmate Chad Hugo and began to perform together as a group called Neptunes. The duo was soon discovered by music producer Teddy Riley, who worked with them on some songs in his studio. Williams and Hugo eventually formed The Neptunes, a record production team producing R&B, hip-hop and soul music.
In the early 90s, they made an early break with their first song ‘Rump Shaker’, which they sold to the rap group Wreckx-N-Effect. The song was a success that soon made them popular musicians and earned them more jobs. Together the duo wrote and produced several hits for artists such as Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Baby Face, and Janet Jackson, among others.
In 2003, Pharrell Williams went solo with his debut single Frontin, which he produced with Hugo. Frontin finished fifth on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became one of the best-selling songs of the year. In the same year, the duo released an album The Neptunes Present…Clones, which was also a success.
In the meantime, Williams and Hugo formed a band called N.E.R.D (which means that nobody ever really dies) together with a childhood friend Shay Haley. N.E.R.D.’s debut album In Search Of was released in 2002, their second album Fly or Die was released in 2004, and their third album Seeing Sound was released in 2008. They had a fourth album called Nothing.
Williams released his first solo album, In My Mind, in July 2006. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 charts. In the following years, he continued his collaboration with many well-known artists like Britney Spears, Jay Z, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Adam Lambert, etc..
Pharrell Williams composed the soundtracks for the animated comedy Despicable Me (2010) and the sequel Despicable Me 2 (2013). One of the songs Happy wrote for the film was a global smash. The song, which climbed to number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, became one of the best-selling digital singles of all time. It also earned him an Oscar nomination for the best original song.
In March 2014 he released his second album Girl with the single Happy. The album was also a huge success and led the pop charts. In the same year, Williams worked with Hans Zimmer and many others on the soundtrack to the superhero movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and ended up as a trainer at the popular TV singing competition The Voice until 2016.
Pharrell Williams’ creative commitment to the industry has made him a recipient of many prestigious awards. He has won ten Grammy Awards and six Billboard Music Awards. He has earned other awards including BET Hip Hop Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, ECHO Awards, Annie Awards, and two Oscar nominations.
Williams has proven his creative versatility in the entertainment industry. In 2016 he wrote and produced the successful biographical film Hidden Figures in collaboration with Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch. The highly successful film has received several awards, including Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.
In addition to his singing and production talents, which have earned him worldwide recognition, Williams founded a clothing and sneaker line called Billionaire’s Boys Club (BBC) or Ice Cream together with the Japanese music producer Tomoaki “Nigo” Nagao.
He has also collaborated with other prestigious brands, including Marc Jacobs and Luis Vuitton, a line of sunglasses and jewelry, fabric designs with Adidas, and a unisex fragrance with the perfume fashion house Comme of Garƈons Williams is also interested in works of art and has designed furniture with Domeau & Pérès and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin.
Pharrell Williams’ parents are Carolyn (a teacher) and Pharoah Williams (a craftsman and painter). Williams has two younger brothers – Cato, a professional skateboarder, and Psolomon, an actor and composer. The “Happy” Crooner grew up in a household where it was sometimes a problem to make ends meet and pay the bills, but after Williams made it big, he changed their lifestyle and even bought his parents a house.
Pharrell Williams’ Family – Wife, Kids
Pharrell Williams is married to Helen Lasichanh, a model and designer. The couple, who had been lovers for many years, got engaged in July 2013 and tied the knot in October of the same year. Willians and Helen have four children together – a son Rocket Ayer Williams, born in 2008, and a number of triplets, born on January 2017.
The happy couple likes to keep their private lives private and low. They have kept their children out of sight and the names and sex of the triplets have not been revealed to the public.
Williams, who says that fatherhood has changed his life, wrote a track called Rocket’s Theme for the Despicable Me Soundtrack in honor of his son. Williams and Helen are actively involved in the charity.
The American singer, who has a slender and masculine physique, is of average size. He is 179.83 cm (5 feet 9 inches) tall and weighs 68 kg (150 lbs). His body measurements are chest – 40 inches, arm/biceps – 14 inches and waist – 32 inches.