Pharrell Lanscilo Williams (born 5 April 1973), addressed professionally as Pharrell Williams, is known to be an American singer and songwriter. He is also a film and screen producer, having worked on the 2016 biographical drama film ‘Hidden Figures.’
The film, which was based on the same-named book, was a huge success and won several awards, including the ‘Hollywood Film Award.’ It was also nominated for three ‘Oscars.’
Pharrell Williams, a successful businessman, has worked with several corporations, including ‘Adidas‘ and ‘Moncler.’ He has been a music fan since he was a child. He began performing at a young age with his friend, Chad Hugo.
He then formed ‘The Neptunes,’ a record production duo with a friend. ‘The Neptunes‘ rose to prominence after they began producing rap artists such as Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Jay-Z.
They were also well-known for their contributions to Justin Timberlake‘s debut studio album, ‘Justified.’ ‘In My Mind‘ album is one of his most successful works, debuting at number three on the ‘US Billboard 200.’ In 2014, he released his second album, ‘Girl,’ which was also a huge success.
Pharrell Williams Biography
|Wiki Facts & About Data|
|Full Name:||Pharrell Lanscilo Williams|
|Stage Name:||Pharrell Williams|
|Born:||5 April 1973 (age 48 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States|
|Parents:||Pharoah Williams, Carolyn Williams|
|Siblings:||Pharoah Williams III, Psolomon Williams, Cato Williams, David Williams|
|Wife • Spouse:||Helen Lasichanh (m. 2013)|
|Girlfriend • Partner:||N/A|
|Children:||Rocket Ayer Williams|
|Occupation:||Rapper • Businessman|
|Net Worth:||US$150 million|
Early Life & Education
Pharrell Williams was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on April 5, 1973. Pharoah Williams is his father’s name, and Carolyn Williams is his mother’s.
They have five children, namely Pharoah Williams III, Psolomon Williams, Cato Williams, David Williams, and the eldest of whom is Pharrell Williams.
He went to ‘Kempsville High School‘ and ‘Princess Anne High School.’ When he was in seventh grade, he met Chad Hugo, with whom he later formed ‘The Neptunes.’
In interviews, Pharrell Williams would later admit that he was a nerd and that he used to be different from other kids.
In the 1990s, Pharrell Williams collaborated with Chad Hugo to form ‘The Neptunes,’ a record production team. They successfully contributed to the works of several artists in the late 1990s and early 2000s. They became well-known for producing hit songs such as Jay-Z‘s ‘I Just Wanna Love U‘ and Britney Spears‘ I’m a Slave 4 U.
Following a string of successful releases, they released an album titled ‘The Neptunes Present… Clones‘ in 2003. The album debuted at number one on the ‘US Billboard 200.’ It was also primarily well-received. The album included Pharrell Williams‘ debut solo single, ‘Frontin,’ which peaked at number five on the ‘US Billboard Hot 100.’ It was also the 34th best-selling song.
‘In My Mind,’ released in July 2016 was, debuted at number three on the ‘US Billboard 200.’ Despite the fact that several songs from the album had been leaked on the internet prior to its release, the album sold over 142k copies in its first week.
Over the next few years, he worked with a number of well-known singers, including Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. He was a co-writer and producer on Jennifer Lopez‘s hit song “Fresh Out of the Oven.”
Pharrell Williams composed the soundtrack for the popular animated comedy film ‘Despicable Me‘ in 2010. The following year, he worked with American singer, Adam Lambert, with whom he co-wrote two songs on Adam Lambert‘s second studio album, ‘Trespassing.’ He also wrote and produced the music for the 84th Academy Awards.
In 2013, Pharrell Williams composed the soundtrack for the animated film ‘Despicable Me 2,’ the sequel to ‘Despicable Me.’ His song ‘Happy,’ which he wrote for the film, went on to become a huge hit. Not only did it reach the top of the ‘US Billboard Hot 100,’ but it also received an ‘Oscar‘ nomination.
‘Girl,’ his second studio album, was released in March 2014. The album was a huge success, reaching number one in 12 different countries. Within a year, it sold 591k copies in the United States. Critics gave it mostly positive reviews.
Pharrell Williams was also named as the new coach in the popular TV singing competition ‘The Voice‘ the same year. He also contributed to the soundtrack of the hit superhero film ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2‘ in 2014.
He was a producer and composer for the popular biographical drama film ‘Hidden Figures‘ in 2016. The film was a huge success, and it was nominated for an ‘Oscar.’
The film, Despicable Me 3, became a box office success. In the same year, he collaborated with ‘Chanel‘ and ‘Adidas‘ to design 1000 pairs of sneakers.
Pharrell Williams launched a three-day music festival called ‘Something in the Water‘ in early 2019, with many well-known artists performing on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.
Pharrell Williams produced five songs for the 2019 epic hit musical film ‘The Lion King,’ his third collaboration with German composer, Hans Zimmer.
Pharrell Williams married model and designer, Helen Lasichanh, in 2013. Rocket Ayer Williams, their son, born in 2008, is their only child.
The couple welcomed three more children, a set of triplets, in 2017. He has a house in the United States which he lives with his family.
Fully into the entertainment business, Pharrell Williams‘ net worth is estimated to be US$150 million.