Pharrell Williams' soul dream

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
Pharrell Williams

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."

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