Hot on the heels of his first music festival’s success, Pharrell Williams put a call out in June to Hampton Roads singers and musicians. “If you are passionate about singing and have an unrivaled voice, we want you to audition for a revolutionary gospel choir,” advertisements across social media exclaimed. Turns out, the Virginia Beach native was searching for talent to help his uncle, Bishop Ezekiel Williams of Faith World Ministries, create the ultimate gospel choir for a television documentary. The two men’s dream is coming to fruition, and details about the documentary are coming to light.
“Bishop Williams and his team of local church leaders will explore the Hampton Roads community to find undeniable, undiscovered talent,” a news release about the series said. “Each singer will be blessed with divine gifts and an ability to evoke the Spirit.” The choir will perform for the first time next month, and Pharrell is producing a docuseries about it for Netflix. Details about the project’s title and release are forthcoming, a spokeswoman said. The performance has been set for August 4, but the location has not been determined, the spokeswoman said.
Beyonce’s ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ Album released also today with the Pharrell collaboration ‘Water’ featuring Salatiel and Beyoncé, you can get the whole Album HERE and check out the tune below.
Nas released his ‘Lost Tapes 2’ with the Pharrell Williams produced tune ‘Vernon Family’ which is actually a recycled beat from 2012 that’s been used for Pharrell’s ‘Places & Spaces I’ve Been’ Book Promotion back in 2012 but since the release of the album there are two different versions of the Nas tune which are slightly different. The album version seems like it’s been planned for Nas’ ‘Life Is Good’ album from 2012 but didn’t make the final cut and the Alternate Version has that 2010 Pharrell sound with the heavy basslines. Make sure to cop ‘The Lost Tapes 2’ on iTunes and check out both tunes below.
While having 5 songs already on the Official Soundtrack to ‘The Lion King’, Pharrell Williams is also featured on the ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ album, a 14-song album that serves as a supplement to the film’s official soundtrack. Beyoncé said: “it’s a love letter to Africa,” and that she “wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it.” Pharrell has been credited as to feature on the tune titled ‘Water’ that features also Cameroonian singer Salatiel, stay tuned for more Information. Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, and Childish Gambino are also featured on the album among others.
The Lion King: The Gift (2019) (July 19)
01 – Beyoncé – Bigger
02 – Beyoncé – Find Your Way (Circle Of Life)
03 – Tekno, Yemi Alade & Mr Eazi – Don’t Jealous Me
04 – Burna Boy – Ja Ara E
05 – Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar – The Nile
06 – Beyoncé, Jay-Z & Childish Gambino – Mood 4Eva
07 – Beyoncé, Salatiel & Pharrell – Water
08 – Blue Ivy Carter, St. Jhn, Wizkid & Beyoncé – Brown Skin Girl
09 – Tiwa Savage & Mr. Eazi – Keys To The Kingdom
10 – Beyoncé – Otherside
11 – Beyoncé & Shatta Wale – Already
12 – Beyoncé, Tierra Whack, Busiswa, Yemi Alade & Moonchild Sanelly – My Power
13 – 070 Shake & Jessie Reyez – Scar
14 – Beyoncé – Spirit
“His perspective on life seems to be from the lands of a perpetual teenager.” But a return to a more youthful state of mind is exactly what the producer thinks the world needs. “War, education, ecology—all important decisions are made by grown-ups. What if children took control of the future’s narrative, which is what I feel about today’s Millennials and Gen Z-ers. They care enough to step up, trying to set an example for the next generation.” Says Pharrell.
“It took us five years to put this show together, because we didn’t want to offend anyone”, says the dealer Emmanuel Perrotin, who introduced Williams and Mr. about ten years ago (works by both of them were simultaneously showcased in his Paris gallery in 2008). “We hope people won’t see the installation as an apology for child soldiers”. Williams notes that the plight of children in conflict zones is something he wants to raise awareness of: “How can you not empathise for what they are going through and not try to make sense of it in a way where we can flip it on its head?”.
Photos by Gareth Cattermole, Pharrell Williams has likened working on ‘The Lion King‘ to an “apprenticeship” or “college” because he was surrounded by so many legends. The ‘Happy‘ hitmaker collaborated on the soundtrack to the new live action remake of the Disney animated hit and he admits it was a “gift” to be around such “legendary” musicians and work on their versions of the iconic songs.
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