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Pharrell Williams            

Singer-Songwriter, Producer & Entrepreneur; Known for the Hit Single, "Happy"

Pharrell Williams, also known by his mononym Pharrell, is a singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and fashion designer. He is known for his smash hit single, "Happy," which was included in DreamWork's Despicable Me 2.

Pharrell and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo the Neptunes, producing soul, hip hop and R&B music. He is also the lead vocalist and drummer of rock, funk, and hip hop band NER*D, which he formed with Hugo and childhood friend Shay Haley. He released his first single, "Frontin'," in 2003 and followed up with his debut solo album, In My Mind, in 2006. His second album, G I R L, was released on March 3, 2014. As part of the Neptunes, Pharrell has produced numerous hit singles for various recording artists. Pharrell has earned over a dozen Grammy Awards including two with the Neptunes. He has expressed his admiration for several musicians, including Michael Jackson, J Dilla, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Rakim, Q-Tip, and David Bowie.

He currently owns a media venture that encompasses entertainment, music, fashion, and art called i am OTHER, a multimedia creative collective and record label that serves as an umbrella for all of Pharrell's endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream apparel, Billionaire Girls Club, textile company Bionic Yarn and a dedicated YouTube channel launched in 2012. The channel was launched on May 12, 2012, as part of YouTube's $100 million original channel initiative.

In addition to his highly impressive musical and entrepreneurial work, Pharrell is a philanthropist. Pharrell owns a non-profit organization called "From One Hand To AnOTHER" (FOHTA). FOHTA is an educational foundation. According to its website, its mission is to "change the world one kid at a time by giving them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential". FOHTA's vision is to modernize the community center concept by empowering kids to learn through new technologies, arts, media, and motivation.

In October 2015, the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University named Pharrell as their artist-in-residence. He gave the 2017 commencement address at NYU and received an honorary degree on May 17, 2017.

Speech Topics


Individuality is the New Wealth

The most successful people and businesses bring something unique to pop culture. It's the rule breakers who have the power to change the world. With Pharrell's new creative collective i am OTHER, he encourages people to pursue experiences as the new assets for success.

Feed Your Curiosity

Although he started his career in music, Pharrell has also found success in fashion, art and design. None of it would have been possible without a passion for exploration. Pharrell's career is an example of going beyond what you already know to find more opportunities for growth and success.

Saving Arts Education

As more schools across the country cut budgets for the arts, America runs the risk of short-changing our youth. Pharrell credits his high school's music program with transforming his life and encouraging him to shoot for the stars. Without an arts education, he would not be the person he is today.

News


Pharrell Williams Marries Helen Lasichanh | Music News | Rolling ...

Pharrell Williams is a married man. The multitalented producer-singer-designer- songwriter wed his longtime girlfriend, model Helen Lasichanh, on Satur.

Pharrell Williams' Top 40 Return: 10 Songs That Prefaced His Pop ...

"Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" are hits, but they're just the latest chapter in the uniformly impressive decade that Pharrell Williams has had leading up to them.

Red-hot hitmaker Pharrell Williams admits to 'kinda nerdy' beginnings

Even if Pharrell Williams isn't a household name where you live, the music he's had a hand in creating most likely is. He's featured in...

Pharrell Williams Talks eBay Collaboration and Beyoncé Album ...

P's excited about new venture, says Bey's album is "crazy."

GET BUSY: PHARRELL'S PRODUCTIVITY SECRETS
Pharrell Williams Performs 'Freedom' at MTV VMAs 2015 (Video ...

Pharrell Williams takes the stage to perform his hit song “Freedom” at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards held on the Pepsi Stage at the Microsoft Theater on ...

'The Voice': Pharrell Williams & Blake Shelton Talk Season 9
Oscars: First Group Of Presenters Includes Tina Fey, Kevin Hart, Lady Gaga & Ryan Gosling

Amid the cloud of the Oscars diversity flap, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled the first batch of presenters for the 88th Academy Awards next month. It certainly is a diverse list that includes a number of pop stars and veteran actors. The group includes Benicio Del Toro, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan Gosling, Kevin Hart, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Charlize Theron, Jacob Tremblay, The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams.

Watch: This NYU student's music moves Pharrell Williams to tears ...

This NYU music student totally absolutely blew Pharrell Williams away with her music.

How Pharrell Williams Is Empowering Students to Embrace Their ...

Pharrell Williams really makes us feel some kinda way. Thankful. Proud. Empowered. Happy. Thankful for the opportunity we are given each day to be the best ...

2017 Met Gala Theme Revealed, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams ...

While attendees have seven months to figure out how to reflect that mantra in their own ensembles for May 1, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams will be working ...

Pharrell Williams Expecting Baby No. 2 With Wife Helen Lasichanh ...

Pharrell Williams is about to experience a double dose of fatherhood! The singer- songwriter and wife Helen Lasichanh are expecting their second child together, ...

Pharrell Williams To Host City of Hope Event Honoring Warner/Chappell's Jon Platt

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