“To be able to operate in the real world, you have to be able to obtain information.
That’s why I’m committed to promoting child literacy and believe my book is a perfect vehicle to help accomplish this goal,” Reading is also close to Pharrell’s heart because he attributes the internationally best-selling book by Paulo Coelho with dramatically changing his life.
Completely out of ideas, he realized he was “over thinking” the concept of being happy and needed to relax and let his mind flow.
For the song “Happy,” he chose gospel chords and said the lyrics finally came to him while taking a shower.
Suddenly, it was clear to him that he was meant for a much different path.
“Time after time, people kept raining on me and putting my fire out,” he said.
He submitted nine songs to the film’s producers and “Happy” was finally selected for the movie’s soundtrack and video.
Pharrell recalled that when “Happy” was first released to radio stations, it did not get any attention or airplay.
“I hope this book inspires children and teaches them the importance of being happy and true to themselves.” Social media is abuzz with the hash tag #Read Happy, created specifically for people to share why reading makes them happy.
For every post using the hash tag, his book will be donated to a child in need.
He toiled for years behind the scenes, writing and producing songs for some of the biggest stars in the music industry, including Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Nelly, Adam Lambert, Jay-Z, Ludacris and Justin Timberlake.