Pharrell Williams' soul dream

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 January 2015
Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams has revealed that he initially "dreamed" of becoming a soul singer but later realised he could write and produce songs as well

Pharrell Williams wanted to be a soul singer.

The 'Happy' hitmaker - who is known for his collaborations with the likes of Ed Sheeran and Robin Thicke - has revealed that when he was younger, his "dream" was to perform soul music.

He told The Observer newspaper: "[Soul] was the dream back then. But then I started writing songs, and producing them, and realised I could love that just as much.

"When I was growing up, doing something like this never seemed like a possibility. It wasn't on my wish list. I just figured I'd study my ass off and try to be some kind of art professor."

The 41-year-old singer puts his successful collaborations down to the fact that he lets the other artist do what they prefer.

He added: "I say to the artist, whether it be Beyoncé or Usher, what do you want to do?

"And when they tell me, I say, OK, let's do it like this. It's real simple."

Meanwhile, Pharrell previously revealed that he took inspiration from legendary soul singer, Curtis Mayfield, when making the chart-topping track, 'Happy'.

He said: "I was pretending to be the masterful Curtis Mayfield.

"I hope he likes it, I'm trying to do what he would've done."

Pharrell Williams

The highly successful producer and collaborator strikes out on his own, blending hip hop, R&B and pop sounds.

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