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  • Faith: Christian
  • Career: Musician
  • Birthday:  April 05, 1973

Pharrell Williams is a rapper, singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and producer. He formed the hip-hop duo the Neptunes alongside close colleague Chad Hugo in the early 1990s, with whom he produced songs for various recording artists. In 1999, Williams became the lead vocalist of the band N.E.R.D., which he formed with Hugo and drummer Shay Haley. He’s been widely referred to as one of the most successful and influential music producers of the 21st century, having significantly impacted the sound of modern popular music.

In 2006, Williams released his debut solo album “In My Mind.” In 2013, he produced and was featured alongside T.I. on the song “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke and his song “Happy” was the lead single for the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack. Both songs hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and other charts around the globe. The same year, he was featured on Daft Punk’s song “Get Lucky,” which won Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammys. In 2014, he released his second album, “Girl.” Williams has received numerous nominations and accolades throughout his career. He’s won 13 Grammys and has twice been nominated for an Academy Award.

Williams was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the oldest of three sons to Carolyn and Pharoah Williams. He met Chad Hugo in seventh-grade summer band camp, where Williams played drums, and Hugo played tenor saxophone. They attended Princess Anne High School, where they were in the school band. Williams graduated from high school in 1991 and attended Northwestern University for two years before dropping out.

Is Pharrell Williams religious?

Pharrell Williams identifies as a Christian. During a visit to gospel artist Kirk Franklin’s podcast, Williams shared how he grew up surrounded by gospel music at the Pentecostal church. He also described an encounter with the Holy Spirit, saying, “Forget the wave in the basketball arena, forget the wave at the football stadium. You’ve never seen the wave of the Spirit causing people in waves; you see their heads turning and going up and down or whatever. Meanwhile, they’re still simultaneously people jumping up and down.”

He continued, “The energy is so thick, arguably a scientist could go in there with the right bag and capture it, take it home, release it in their room and feel the same thing. That is one of the most amazing power sources. I feel like it still fuels me to this day.”

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