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Students show the world they are 'Happy In Memphis'

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The creator and the star of the video spoke to Action News 5 about the experience and what the video really means to them. The creator and the star of the video spoke to Action News 5 about the experience and what the video really means to them.
Harding Academy Chief Creative Officer Allen Gillespie says the official Pharrell Williams Happy video gave him a bright idea. Harding Academy Chief Creative Officer Allen Gillespie says the official Pharrell Williams Happy video gave him a bright idea.
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MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - It is the video that has taken Memphis by storm. Everyone watching and sharing Harding Academy students, who are sharing their happiness about the city of Memphis to Pharrell's hit song, "Happy."

The creator and the star of the video spoke to Action News 5 about the experience and what the video really means to them.

Harding Academy Chief Creative Officer Allen Gillespie says the official Pharrell Williams Happy video gave him a bright idea.

"One day it just kind of clicked, 'You know we should get our students to go all over Memphis and kinda do a similar thing,' " said Gillespie.

From there, Gillespie went on a recruiting mission to find students who were fun and energetic, like 11-year-old Jordan Clay.

"Mr. Gillespie came and told me, "Wow, you look really like Pharrell.' I was like, at first, I didn't even know who Pharrell was, what the video was," said Clay.

Jordan's initial feeling about the video? Awkward.

"Break down and just go outside the box, and just dance do whatever," said Clay.

He says it was not just fun, it was also informative.

"It felt so great to know what Memphis is, and how to express it. It's just like, wow, I didn't know Memphis had all this," he said.

While the video mirrors standout moments from the original, it embraces its own moments in Memphis.

"Don't be afraid to be who you are. No matter what people say no matter what people think of you just go out be yourself do whatever you think is good," added Clay.


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