Popularly known as the N.E.R.D. rock band, “No-one Ever Realy Dies” is an American hip hop and rock band that was formed in 1999 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, initially by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, who later merged Shay Haley into a trio. The band’s musical genre includes all genres of alternative hip-hop, funk rock, rap rock, alternative rock, experimental hip-hop, and Avant-funk.
Each member had their own specialty in handling the equipment to form a complete whole. Pharrell Williams is the lead singer, but he also plays piano, keyboards, drums and was equally good on the drums. Chad Hugo, the multi-instrumentalist, was able to play lead guitar, piano, keyboards, saxophone, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, and background vocals. Shay Haley on the other hand took care of drums, percussion, and background vocals.
The N.E.R.D Rock Band celebrated their entry into the music world in 1999 with the release of their debut album In Search Of… and immediately enjoyed great success. More than 603,000 copies were sold in the USA alone, while their second album Fly or Die sold more than 412,000 copies in the USA and over 500,000 copies were shipped abroad. Her first and second albums were awarded gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The rock band N.E.R.D. disbanded in 2005 but got back together in 2008 to release their third album, Seeing Sounds, which sold just under 800,000 copies in the first week after release. Their fourth album, Nothing, was released in 2010, and after that, they seemed to have retired from the community before they started promoting again in October 2017.
This fed people’s speculation that a fifth album was probably on the way. This speculation turned out to be true when the rock band N.E.R.D. announced that they would work on their album of the same name, No One Ever Really Dies. They gave their fans and music lovers an insight into what to expect from the album by releasing their first single called “Lemon”. It was said that the album would be rich in collaborations with many A-musicians like Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, André 3000, M.I.A, Gucci Mane, Future and Wale. It did not fall short of expectations when it was released on December 15, 2017.
Who Are The Members Of N.E.R.D Rock Band? What You Need To Know
- Pharrell Williams
His full name is Pharrell Lanscilo Williams, and he was born on April 5, 1973, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as the oldest of 3 boys in the Pharoah and Carolyn Williams family. His roots go back to Liberia, where one of his uncles emigrated to America in 1832, which caused his relatives to follow him.
Today, Pharrell is recognized as an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer who has produced many beautiful musical works. In his up-and-coming days, he initially worked as a solo artist, releasing singles such as Frontin (2003) and later the commercially successful single Happy in 2014. His solo albums boast In My Mind (2006) and Girl (2014). As a music producer, Pharrell has produced many hit singles for many artists and has received 10 Grammy Awards for all of his work. With his childhood friend Shay Haley and Chad Hugo, he founded the N.E.R.D. rock band.
William is a married man. On October 12, 2013, he married his longtime girlfriend, a model, and a designer named Helen Lasichanh. Their marriage had previously produced a son named Rocket Williams, born in 2008. In January 2017 Helen gave birth to a series of triplets, which made her children 4 children.
- Chad Hugo
Chad or Charles Edward was born on February 24, 1974, in the South Hampton Roads town of Portsmouth, Virginia, and grew up in Virginia Beach under the guardianship of his Filipino parents; retired officer father, and laboratory technician mother.
Chad and Pharrell Williams met in a band class at their elementary school and quickly took a liking to each other. They started mixing beats and playing in different live bands as often as time allowed. In his career, Hugo created many hit singles for different artists and achieved great career success with the rock band N.E.R.D.
Chad was married to Rachel Hugo from 1998 to 2010 before they divorced. In 2014 he remarried Priscilla Lynch Hugo. He has a total of 3 children born in 1998, 2000, and 2014.
- Shay Haley
He goes by the nicknames Shae, Shay, or Shade or his full name Sheldon Haley. He’s a member of the music group about whom not much is known. While the other members are well represented in the media, Shay Haley is not cut out for it, but prefers to keep a low profile so as not to pay what he called the “price of fame”.
His quiet lifestyle was so calm that the question was asked what was really his role as a member of the N.E.R.D. rock band, to which Pharrell Williams replied that he was the root of the band that keeps everyone on the floor and together. It turned out that Shay Haley was much more valuable than people had ever thought.
He was born on December 18, 1972, in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA. In 2010 Shay married Jackie Garcia. Jackie once dated the murdered NFL security guard, Sean Taylor. She is the niece of Andy Garcia, an American actor.