Pharrell

Pharrell
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Pharrell is the stage name of Pharrell Williams. He was born April 5, 1973 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was born eldest of three sons to Carolyn, a teacher, and Pharoah Williams, a handyman. He met Chad Hugo in a seventh grade summer band camp where Pharrell played the keyboards and drums and Hugo played tenor saxophone. They were also both members of a marching band; Pharrell played the snare drum while Chad took the role of student conductor. In the 1990s, Hugo and Williams formed a 4-piece "R&B type" group along with friends Shay Haley and Mike Etheridge, which they named The Neptunes. They later entered a high school talent show where they were discovered by Teddy Riley, whose studio is next to Princess Anne High School. After graduating from high school, they signed with Riley as a group. In 2006, Pharrell released his debut album, In My Mind. The album debuted at #3 and sold 142,000 copies in the first week. Pharrell met Nigo, a Japanese record producer and creator of the clothing line A Bathing Ape, in Japan and bonded through similar interests, where they began working together on their fashion lines. Williams later co-founded the clothing brands Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Footwear.

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