Pharrell Williams was born on April 5, 1973, in Virginia Beach, Virginia the eldest of three sons of Carolyn, a teacher, and Pharaoh Williams, a handyman.
His parents considered it important to develop creative abilities of their children. Pharrell spared a lot of time on playing different musical instruments.
While in the seventh grade, Williams met Chad Hugo during a summer band camp. The two also were both part of a marching band. Williams studied at Princess Anne High School where he was part of the school band.