Pharrell Williams is an American musician and record producer. He is most known for having a recognizable style and for winning multiple awards for his music. He was born on April 5, 1973, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was a big fan of Stevie Wonder and was influenced by the hip-hop of the 1980s.
In the 90s, he started creating R&B music with Chad Hugo. Together they founded the R&B group, the Neptunes, and went on to have many successful musical projects. In the early twenty-first century, Pharrell Williams became famous in the music scene thanks to his collaborations with Madonna, Snoop Dogg, and Justin Timberlake. At this time, he was also working on his hip-hop group, N.E.R.D, in addition to founding the label, Star Trak Entertainment.
He released his first solo album, "In My Mind", in 2006. It did not achieve great success and did not establish him as a singer. In 2010, Pharrell Williams was chosen by Universal Pictures to compose the soundtrack for the animated cartoon, "Despicable Me." In recent years, the musical style of Pharrell Williams has evolved towards pop and disco.
In 2013, he collaborated on the song "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk and "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke. Both tracks individually sold over a million copies. For the soundtrack of "Despicable Me 2", Pharrell wrote 8 songs that were all shot down by the producers, with the exception of the hit song "Happy". The song was released in 2014 and was included on his second solo album, GIRL. It reached #1 on the charts in 75 countries.
Pharrell Williams has also had success in not only the music industry. He designs jewelry and is the creative director of Bionic Yarn, a project that aims to convert fabrics from plastic waste floating in the oceans. Pharrell Williams, a Grammy Awards winner, is considered to be one of the greatest music producers of the twenty-first century.