Pharrell Williams is an established American producer, singer, and businessman who has become very important not only in the American music industry but also the world over.
Even though Pharrell began with just simple music, he has risen very fast and has taken a top spot in music. The man has now moved to movie production and acting as well. Here are the facts of his life.
Pharrell Williams Bio
Pharrell Lanscilo Williams was born on April 5, 1973, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Interestingly enough for him, he was born in a family that was not shy of the entertainment industry with a mother that was once a beauty queen. He was raised alongside his two brothers, one is his younger, Cato Williams and Psolomon Williams. Pharrell also has half-siblings from his father earlier marriage: Pharaoh Williams, David Williams, Hope R. Williams, and Carrie W. Parks who died in 2015.
It was since he was a child that Pharrell had a passion for music. By the time he was in high school, Williams played musical instruments including the keyboard and the drums. During his 7th-grade summer band camp, he met Chad Hugo who played the tenor saxophone and together they were part of a marching band.
In 1990, Williams and Hugo formed R&B group The Neptunes. At a high school talent show, the group attracted the attention of Teddy Riley who signed them after graduation.
Music Career Beginnings and Breakthrough
The Neptunes went on to establish themselves as a production duo. They first gained widespread attention after producing N.O.R.E’s 1998 song “Superthug” which peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their success increased rapidly after they began producing songs for top artists like Britney Spears Nelly and Jay Z, most of which featured on the charts. The Neptunes won producer of the year in 2002. Per findings, The Neptunes produced over 40% of songs played on US radio in 2003. With their friend Shay Haley, they formed the band, N.E.R.D.
Williams’ first solo single Frontin’ released in 2003 was a massive hit. In 2004, he featured with Snoop Dogg in the single “Drop It Like Its Hot” which was named by Billboard in 2009 as the “rap song of the decade”. Pharrell released “Happy” in 2013. The commercially successful single was part of his 2014 album “Girl”.
Pharrell Williams has 10 Grammy Awards and counting to show for his outstanding contributions to the world of music. He has also won 6 Billboard Music Awards, 3 BET Awards including Hip Hop, 2 BBC Awards one for Happy as the song of the year in 2014. The musician became a judge on music show The Voice since its 7th season in 2014.
Pharrell Williams’ Wife, Kids, and Parents
Pharrell Williams got married to Helen Lasichanh after he had to work very hard to win the model and designer over. When they first met, the very beautiful and elegant woman had a boyfriend and she maintained her relationship for over a couple of years before she became single again, and he had to work even harder to win her over.
The two got together in 2013 and became man and wife after they have been dating since 2007. Before then, the very fashionable couple had already had a son, Rocket Ayer Williams who was born in 2008. At the start of 2017, the couple had a set of triplets.
Looking at his relationship with his parents, Pharoah Williams and Carolyn Williams, as well as with his immediate family, it is very obvious that the Happy singer has a family that has always kept him happy.
His Net Worth and Business Ventures
Pharrell Williams has loads of engagements outside the music scene that keeps him Happy. In 2012, he launched a multimedia creative collective and record label; I am OTHER. The establishment also helms Pharrell’s other endeavours including his dedicated YouTube channel, and his clothing lines; Billionaire Boys Club (BBC) and Ice Cream. Williams has collaborated with a number of luxury lines for various product design.
He has a long-term partnership with Adidas. In June 2016, his Pharrell X Adidas NMD “Human Race” collection was released at Billionaire Boys Club flagship stores as well as selected Adidas Consortium retailers worldwide. The sneakers which come with a unique lacing system retails at about $250 a pair. In 2016 Williams became a co-owner of G-Star Raw, a Dutch designer clothing company.
Williams also owns a non-profit organization named “From One Hand To AnOTHER” (FOHTA). An educational foundation, its mission is to “change the world one kid at a time by giving them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential”.
Pharrell has also been involved in Hollywood. He made a cameo appearance in 2016 movie “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” and together with Sean Combs was the executive producer of “Dope”, a 2015 crime comedy-drama film.
Per Forbes, he made $32 million between June 2014 and June 2015. In 2015, he paid $7.14 million for an ultra-modern mansion in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles. The posh mansion is featured on our list of 30 Most Jaw-Dropping Celebrity Homes.
With his business portfolio on the increase, Pharrell’s net worth is bound to surge. It is currently believed that the value of his wealth is around $150 million.
How Tall Is He?
The star is 1.75 m tall and it has been commonly assumed that his weight is around 68kg. Other details of his body measurements are 14, 40 and 32 inches, respectively for his biceps, chest and waist.