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Pharrell Williams

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

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

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Pharrell Williams Biography

Pharrell Williams, also known by his mononym Pharrell, is a multifaceted talent - a singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, and fashion designer. He is best known for his smash hit single, "Happy," which was the lead single for the soundtrack of the film "Despicable Me 2," reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Williams is also recognized for his work with Robin Thicke on the song "Blurred Lines" in 2013, despite subsequent regrets due to backlash. Another notable moment in his career was his collaboration with Daft Punk on the songs "Get Lucky" and "Lose Yourself to Dance," also in 2013.

Pharrell and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo the Neptunes, producing soul, hip hop, and R&B music. They were formed in the early 1990s and are widely referred to as one of the most influential and successful music producers of the 21st century. Williams is also the lead vocalist and drummer of the rock, funk, and hip-hop band NER*D, which he formed with Hugo and childhood friend Shay Haley. In 2006, Williams released his debut solo album, "In My Mind," and his second album, "G I R L," was released in 2014. As part of the Neptunes, Williams has produced numerous hit singles for various recording artists and has won over a dozen Grammy Awards, including three for Producer of the Year and Non-Classical, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards. He also made significant contributions to the music industry by composing and producing the music for the 84th Academy Awards in 2012.

Williams has also ventured into the fashion industry, co-designing a series of eyewear and jewelry for Louis Vuitton in 2008, and in 2014, he entered a long-term partnership with Adidas. 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.

As a committed philanthropist, Williams owns a non-profit organization called "From One Hand To AnOTHER" (FOHTA). FOHTA is an educational foundation that aims to "change the world one kid at a time by giving them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential." He believes in empowering kids to learn through new technologies, arts, media, and motivation. In 2019, he offered internships to 144 students at Promise Academy in Harlem, New York City.

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. Williams has also contributed to the world of television, serving as a coach for the seventh season of The Voice, replacing CeeLo Green, and made guest appearances on shows like "Sisterhood of Hip Hop" and "The Simpsons." A LEGO biopic depicting Williams' life mixing animated film with documentary will debut in 2024, with Williams narrating his life and featuring LEGO versions of artists like Gwen Stefani, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and many others.

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 01/17/2024.

Pharrell Williams Speaking Topics

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Pharrell Williams Videos

  • Pharrell Williams & Steve Stoute on Thriving in The Music Business
    In our first episode of SelectConversations, we’re honored to welcome Pharrell Williams into a fireside chat with our very own, Steve Stoute....
  • Pharrell On His Legendary Career, Working With His Idols | Drink Champs
    In this episode N.O.R.E & DJ EFN chop it up with the legendary #Pharrell Williams. This episode is a full circle moment in #DrinkChamps history as...
  • Pharrell and Rick Rubin Have an Epic Conversation | GQ
    Two music legends, Pharrell and Rick Rubin, sit down at Shangri-La to have what can only be called an epic conversation. In this wide-ranging mutual...

Pharrell Williams Books

  • Pharrell: Places and Spaces I've Been
    Pharrell: Places and Spaces I've Been

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Pharrell Williams is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Saving Arts Education, Feed Your Curiosity and Individuality is the New Wealth. The estimated speaking fee range to book Pharrell Williams for your event is available upon request. Pharrell Williams generally travels from Miami, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Common, Daymond John, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Hill Harper and John Legend. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Pharrell Williams for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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