“I Had Nothing Else Left” Pharrell Tells Oprah How He Wrote “Happy” And Naming His Son Rocket

April 11, 2014  |  

You know what they say, this is the year of Pharrell. Coming off of hits, like “Blurred Lines,” Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,”and of course “Happy,” he is doing it…in a very big way. So it only makes sense that he would sit down with Oprah for one of her telling interviews on “Oprah Prime.” In it, Pharrell discusses everything from his childhood experiences listening to Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder in the neighborhood to wanting to be the guy in the front when he first started producing.

Then things got personal as Pharrell described why he chose Helen Lasichanh to be his wife, how Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock partially inspired him to name his son Rocket, how he wrote “Happy” when he was completely out of ideas and how the universe conspired to make the achievements of his career possible.

Take a look at the highlights from the entire interview in this video below.

You can read and watch Pharrell speak about naming his son and writing “Happy” on the following page.

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