Brandon Stokes has known the man behind Something in the Water festival, Pharrell Williams, since 1999.
Many probably know Stokes better as the on-air personality and Z104 music director, Shaggy.
“[Williams] way of talking to people makes you want to do better, makes you want to be great,” said Stokes.
When Stokes first heard about Williams bringing the Something in the Water festival to Virginia Beach, he knew it was the star’s way of getting back to his roots.
“Pharrell will tell you this event, even though it’s in his name, is for Hampton Roads,” said Stokes. “For Pharrell to come home, and get all these guys on here, it’s going to bring awareness and show it’s the breeding ground for new talent.”
Stokes was an up and coming radio guy back when he first met Williams.
Williams was with his rock and hip-hop band N.E.R.D. around the time people really started taking notice of the Princess Anne High School grad’s potential.
“To see him do this, it doesn’t surprise me,” said Stokes. “He’s composed and scored the Grammys and the Oscars. Pharrell is going to make sure it’s top notch.”
That’s why Stokes is excited to see what else his friend has in store for the region in the coming years.
“[Williams] a fantastic husband and father, and still comes back here,” said Stokes. “If the guy told me tomorrow he would fly to Mars, I would believe it.”