In Search Of... Pharrell Williams
is the fascinating account of one of the most revered singers and songwriters in the music business today. Working tirelessly to write and produce some of the biggest hits in the last 20 years before coming to the forefront as a singer and songwriter in the early 21st century, this is the story of a modern day musical genius.
2013-14 was dubbed by Oprah Winfrey as 'The Year of Pharrell', due to his incomparable stamp on popular music at the time. With Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines', Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' and his own solo single 'Happy' dominating the charts and the radio waves, you couldn't avoid hearing Pharrell Williams' soulful voice and catchy music wherever you went. In this unique portrayal of a master of modern music, Paul Lester tells the story of the boy with humble beginnings who became a multitalented megastar.
As part of the producer-duo The Neptunes, Pharrell Williams helped a number of pop stars have a string of hits throughout the 2000s, including Britney Spears, Kelis and Nelly. Simultaneously, Pharrell enjoyed success with his rap-rock band N*E*R*D, producing hit after hit while still maintaining other projects. While continuing to produce and write for other artists, Pharrell stepped more and more into the limelight, co-writing and singing his own tunes, many of which appear on the list of bestselling songs of the century so far.
For fans of Pharrell, this astonishing biography tells the story of the singer, songwriter, producer, designer, philanthropist and entrepreneur through engaging interviews with the man himself, as well as his closest musical collaborators. If you are new to Pharrell's music, Paul Lester's book is an interesting account of modern music's true Renaissance man, a hugely creative talent who has had a fascinatingly fruitful career.