Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” issue works as a who’s-who in the areas of music, business, fashion, politics and the like, but the people who write the bios for those chosen also have a certain amount of acclaim!
Each member of the ‘Influential’ list receives a tribute from a fellow successful person whose lives they have touched, and as such, Justin Timberlake took time to write a few words in honor of Pharrell Williams.
“Pharrell Williams is having way too much fun,” Timberlake begins of the musician/producer. “At 41 and still with the swagger and appearance of a college kid, he has been the biggest part of our soundtrack for the past 15 years. And you will never see him doing it without a smile on his face.”
“When I decided to work on my first solo album in 2002, Pharrell was the first musician I spoke to,” the singer continues. “I was 21 and ready to say something to the world. But I needed someone to help me translate exactly what that something was. I knew from our first conversation that he was that person.”
“I will never forget how free and fun those sessions were. There were no rules, loads of laughs and music being created that made you feel like you could levitate. The collaboration I have with him is like no other. He made me fearless, and I’ve carried that with me the rest of my life.”
“That’s what Pharrell does,” Timberlake notes. “He injects that vibrant energy into the music in a way that you can feel. Whether it’s the chord changes that remind you of another time or the melody that instantly grabs you, you are transported to another place. You smile, you dance, you clap along. His music actually does make you happy.”
“Maybe that’s why he still looks younger than the rest of us. Yep … Pharrell Williams is having way too much fun. And I don’t know about you, but I hope he never stops.”
Fellow pop superstar Beyoncé graces the cover of Time’s ‘Most Influential People’ issue, which hits stands tomorrow (April 25).
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