Pharrell Williams Biography

Pharrell Williams is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and film producer. He gained recognition for his hit song ‘Happy’ and produced the successful film ‘Hidden Figures.’ Williams is also a successful businessman, having collaborated with corporations such as ‘Adidas’ and ‘Moncler.’ He started his music career at an early age, forming the record production duo ‘The Neptunes’ with his friend Chad Hugo. Williams has released several successful albums, including ‘In My Mind’ and ‘Girl.’

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Pharrell Lanscilo Williams
  • Age: 50 Years, 50 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Helen Lasichanh
    • Father: Pharaoh Williams
    • Mother: Carolyn Williams
  • Born Country: United States
  • African American Singers
  • Rappers
  • Height: 5’9″ (175 cm), 5’9″ Males
  • U.S. State: Virginia
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  • Education: Northwestern University

Childhood & Early Life

Pharrell Williams was born on 5 April 1973, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States. His father’s name is Pharaoh and his mother’s name is Carolyn. They have three children, Pharrell being the oldest. He attended ‘Princess Anne High School’ and ‘Kempsville High School.’ When he was in seventh grade, he became acquainted with Chad Hugo with whom he later formed ‘The Neptunes.’ He would later state in interviews that he used to be different from the average kid and that he was a nerd.


In the 1990s, Pharrell Williams performed with Chad Hugo and the duo formed the record production team ‘The Neptunes.’ They successfully contributed to the works of several artists in the late-1990s as well as in the 2000s. They became known for producing hit songs, such as ‘I Just Wanna Love U’ by Jay Z and ‘I’m a Slave 4 U’ by Britney Spears.

After a few other successful works, they released an album titled ‘The Neptunes Present… Clones’ in 2003. The album peaked at the first position on the ‘US Billboard 200.’ It also received mostly positive reviews. The album included ‘Frontin,’ Pharrell’s debut solo single, which peaked at the fifth position on the ‘US Billboard Hot 100.’ It also became the 34th best-selling song in the country in 2003.

Williams’ debut studio album ‘In My Mind’ was released in July 2006. It turned out to be quite successful. It debuted at the third position on the ‘US Billboard 200.’ Even though several songs from the album had been leaked on the internet before its release, the album successfully sold over 142k copies within the first week of its release.

For the next few years, he collaborated with several well-known singers, such as Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. He was credited as a co-writer and producer for Lopez’s hit song ‘Fresh Out the Oven.’

In 2010, he composed the soundtrack for the popular animated comedy movie ‘Despicable Me.’ The following year, he collaborated with American singer Adam Lambert with whom he co-wrote two tracks for Lambert’s second studio album ‘Trespassing.’ He also composed as well as produced the music for the 84th ‘Academy Awards.’

In the year 2013, Pharrell Williams composed the soundtrack for the animated film ‘Despicable Me 2,’ which served as the sequel to ‘Despicable Me.’ His song ‘Happy,’ which was written for the film, became a huge hit. Not only did it peak at the first position on the ‘US Billboard Hot 100,’ but the song also won an ‘Oscar’ nomination. It also served as the lead single of his second album ‘Girl.’

His second studio album ‘Girl’ was released in March 2014. Peaking at number one in 12 different countries, the album became a huge success. It sold 591k copies in the US within a year. It received mostly positive reviews from critics.

The same year, Williams was also announced as the new coach in the popular TV singing competition ‘The Voice.’ In 2014, Williams also served as a co-composer for the soundtrack of the hit superhero movie ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2.’ In 2015, he along with Hans Zimmer and Lang Lang, performed an orchestral version of the song “Happy” at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. The performance was a tribute to the ‘Black Lives Matter movement.’ That same year, he was appointed artist-in-residence at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

In 2016, he was a producer as well as composer for the popular biographical drama film ‘Hidden Figures.’ The film was a huge success and received an ‘Oscar’ nomination.

The following year, he served as the composer of the third installment of the ‘Despicable Me’ series, ‘Despicable Me 3.’ The film turned out to be a blockbuster. The same year, he also designed 1000 pairs of sneakers in collaboration with ‘Chanel’ and ‘Adidas.’

In 2018, he narrated the 3D computer-animated movie ‘The Grinch.’

In early 2019, Williams launched a three-day music festival called ‘Something in the Water,’ with many renowned artists performing on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

In his third collaboration with German composer Hans Zimmer, Pharrell produced five songs for the 2019 epic hit musical film ‘The Lion King.’ He next appeared in the 2020 American musical film ‘Black Is King.’ The film was a visual album created by Beyoncé for the 2019 film, ‘The Lion King.’ He also starred in films like North Hollywood (2021), ‘A Man Named Scott’ (2021), and ‘Sing 2’ (2021).

Major Works

‘In My Mind,’ which was Pharrell Williams’ first album, is among the most significant works of his career. Debuting at number three on the ‘US Billboard 200,’ the album was a commercial success and sold 142k copies in its first week. The album included tracks, such as ‘Can I Have It Like That,’ ‘How Does It Feel,’ ‘Best Friend,’ and ‘Angel.’ The album was also a huge success in other countries, peaking at eighth position on the ‘Canadian Albums,’ and third position on the ‘Dutch Albums.’

‘Girl,’ the second studio album by Pharrell Williams, is also among his most successful works. The album peaked at the second position on the ‘US Billboard 200.’ Along with the Oscar-nominated song ‘Happy,’ which served as the lead single of the album, it also included singles, such as ‘Gust of Wind’ and ‘Hunter.’ It was also quite successful in other countries, peaking at the first position on the ‘UK Albums’ and ‘Norwegian Albums.’ It received mostly positive reviews.

Williams is the co-producer of the popular biographical drama film ‘Hidden Figures’ which was released in 2016. The film, which was based on a non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, was directed by Theodore Melfi. It starred actors like Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Kevin Costner. The film turned out to be a commercial success and grossed more than $230 million worldwide. The film received several awards, as well as three ‘Oscar’ nominations. It received mostly positive reviews.

Awards & Achievements

Pharrell Williams is the winner of 13 ‘Grammy Awards,’ and six ‘Billboard Music Awards’ among other awards. He has also received two ‘Academy Award’ nominations. In 2014, he won two ‘BBC Music Awards’ under the ‘International Artist of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year (Happy)’ categories. In 2015, he won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for ‘Favorite R&B Artist.’

Personal Life

In 2013, Pharrell Williams married Helen Lasichanh, a model and designer. They have a son named Rocket Williams who was born in 2008. In 2017, the couple had three more children, a set of triplets.

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