For reasons he couldn’t fathom, success and fame continually eluded him.
“Time after time, people kept raining on me and putting my fire out,” he said.
He toiled for years behind the scenes, writing and producing songs for some of the biggest stars in the music industry, including Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Nelly, Adam Lambert, Jay-Z, Ludacris and Justin Timberlake.
While he collected a slew of Grammys and loaned his distinctive falsetto voice to other artists’ videos, he dreamed of breaking away and having a solo career.
“She said I was going to be up in the clouds.” When Pharrell made a decision to stop chasing other people’s dreams and started focusing on his own, that’s when things finally started to click.
Even though Pharrell supports numerous charitable projects focused on educating youth in at-risk communities with his not-for-profit foundation From One Hand to An OTHER, encouraging children to read ranks high on his list.
“Reading is very important because it’s one of the main tools we use to gain information,” he said.
“To be able to operate in the real world, you have to be able to obtain information.
That’s why I’m committed to promoting child literacy and believe my book is a perfect vehicle to help accomplish this goal,” Reading is also close to Pharrell’s heart because he attributes the internationally best-selling book by Paulo Coelho with dramatically changing his life.
He acknowledged that it was “overwhelming” that the song, which sold 6.5 million copies in the U. and 1.5 million in the UK alone, resonated with so many people.