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Jimmy Napes
Birth nameJames Napier
BornSeptember 18, 1984
London, United Kingdom
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
  • singer
Years active2012–present
LabelsMethod
Associated acts

James Napier, known professionally as Jimmy Napes, is an English songwriter and record producer. He has won a number of awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe award, 3 Grammy Awards, and 2 Ivor Novello awards. Napes is best known for his work with Sam Smith ("Stay With Me", "Writing's On The Wall", "Lay Me Down", "Too Good At Goodbyes", "Dancing With A Stranger"), Disclosure ("Latch", "You & Me", "White Noise", "Magnets"), Clean Bandit ("Rather Be")‚ Stormzy ("Crown") and Taylor Swift ("Christmas Tree Farm"). Napes also has songwriting and producer credits with artists including Alicia Keys, Khalid, Kano, Dave[disambiguation needed]Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Mary J Blige, Madonna, James Bay and more.[1]

Life[edit]

The son of John Napier, a British theatre designer, and Donna King, an American dancer and actress, Napes grew up in England.[2]

In 2010, he worked with Eliza Doolittle on her album of the same name. Since then, he has written for (and co-written with) several other artists, including Disclosure, Sam Smith, Clean Bandit and Mary J. Blige.[3] In 2015, he earned a Grammy Award for Song of the Year for his work on Smith's "Stay with Me", co-written with Smith and Tourist.[4] In the same year, Napes also won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song for co-writing Clean Bandit's "Rather Be".

Napes released his debut EP as a singer, The Making of Me, on Method Records in March 2015.[5] For co-writing "Writing's on the Wall" with Sam Smith, Napes won the Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • The Making of Me (2015)

Songwriting and Production Credits[edit]

Year Artist Song Album
2010 Eliza "So High" Eliza Doolittle
2012 Disclosure "Latch" feat. Sam Smith Settle
2013 Sam Smith "Lay Me Down" Nirvana EP
Disclosure "White Noise" feat. AlunaGeorge Settle
Jessie Ware "Imagine It Was Us" Devotion
Disclosure "You & Me" feat. Eliza Doolittle Settle
Naughty Boy "La La La" feat. Sam Smith Hotel Cabana
Disclosure "Voices" feat. Sasha Keable Settle
Clean Bandit "Dust Clears" feat. Noonie Bao New Eyes
Sam Smith "Nirvana" Nirvana EP
Disclosure "Together" with Sam Smith and Nile Rodgers Settle
2014 Clean Bandit "Rather Be" feat. Jess Glynne New Eyes
Sam Smith "Stay with Me" In the Lonely Hour
Tourist "I Can't Keep Up" feat. Will Heard Patterns EP
Clean Bandit "Extraordinary" feat. Sharna Bass New Eyes
Sam Smith "Leave Your Lover" In the Lonely Hour
"I'm Not the Only One"
"I've Told You Now"
"Like I Can"
"Lay Me Down" (re-release)
"Restart"
"Latch"
"Make It to Me"
Mary J. Blige "Therapy" The London Sessions
Gorgon City "Unmissable" feat. Zak Abel Sirens
Ella Henderson "Billie Holliday" Chapter One
Jessie Ware "Pieces" Tough Love
"The Way We Are"
Mary J. Blige "Right Now" The London Sessions
"Not Loving You"
"When You're Gone"
"Nobody But You"
"Follow" with Disclosure
"Worth My Time"
Madeon "You're On" feat. Kyan Adventure
2015 Chasing Grace "Lost Time" Nowhere Near Old Enough
Madonna "Best Night" Rebel Heart
Disclosure "Holding On" feat. Gregory Porter Caracal
"Omen" feat. Sam Smith
"Jaded"
"Willing and Able" feat. Kwabs
Låpsley "Hurt Me" Long Way Home
Disclosure "Hourglass" feat. Lion Babe Caracal
Kwabs "Cheating on Me" Love + War
Disclosure "Magnets" feat. Lorde Caracal
Sam Smith "Writing's on the Wall" Spectre OST
Disclosure "Nocturnal" feat. The Weeknd Caracal
"Good Intentions" feat. Miguel
"Superego" feat. Nao
"Echoes"
"Masterpiece" feat. Jordan Rakei
"Molecules"
"Moving Mountains" feat. Brendan Reilly
"Afterthought"
Ellie Goulding "Heal" Delirium
Sam Smith "Drowning Shadows" In the Lonely Hour: Drowning Shadows Edition
"Love Is a Losing Game"
"How Will I Know"
"Omen"
"Stay with Me" (Darkchild Remix) feat. Mary J. Blige
"I'm Not the Only One" feat. ASAP Rocky
"Lay Me Down" feat. John Legend
2016 Alicia Keys "Hallelujah" Here
Dillon Francis "Anywhere" feat. Will Heard Non-album single
Liv Dawson "Reflection" Open Your Eyes EP
2017 Liv Dawson "Searching" Non-album single
Isaac Gracie "Reverie" Isaac Gracie
Frances "Cloud 9" Things I've Never Said
"It Isn't Like You"
Ardyn "Together" Bloom EP
Ray BLK "Doing Me" Non-album single
Tourist "We Stayed Up All Night" feat. Ardyn Wash EP
Ardyn "Throwing Stones" Bloom EP
Sam Smith "Too Good at Goodbyes" The Thrill of It All
"Pray" solo / feat. Logic
"Burning"
"Say It First"
"One Last Song"
"Midnight Train"
"Baby, You Make Me Crazy"
"No Peace" feat. Yebba
"Nothing Left for You"
"The Thrill of It All"
"One Day at a Time"
Liv Dawson "Hush" Non-album single
"Last Time"
2018 Albin Lee Meldau "Before & After" About You
Isaac Gracie "Telescope" Isaac Gracie
James Bay "I Found You" Electric Light
Paul the PSM "Lord Give Me Strength" Secret Life of a Bad Man EP
Lily Moore "I Know I Wanna Be with You" I Will Never Be EP
Rita Ora "Velvet Rope" Phoenix
2019 Sam Smith "Dancing with a Stranger" with Normani TBA
Tori Kelly "Change Your Mind" Inspired By True Events
Mae Muller "Anticlimax" Non-album single
Avicii "Freak" TIM
Stormzy "Crown" Heavy is the Head
Tori Kelly "Sorry Would Go a Long Way" Inspired By True Events
"Language"
Icona Pop "Next Mistake" Non-album single
Mabel "I Belong to Me" High Expectations
Tori Kelly "Coffee" Inspired By True Events
"8/28/1997"
"Kid I Used to Know"
"Pretty Fades"
"3/2/1991"
"Actress"
"Until I Think of You"
"3/26/1994"
"Your Words"
"Before the Dawn"
"Until Forever"
"Minute to Myself"
Kano "Got My Brandy, Got My Beats" feat. Lil Silva Hoodies All Summer
"SYM"
Mae Muller "Dick" Non-album single
Celine Dion "For the Lover That I Lost" Courage
Taylor Swift "Christmas Tree Farm" Non-album single
2020 Khalid "Know Your Worth" with Disclosure Energy
Sam Smith "To Die For" TBA
Mae Muller "I Don't Want Your Money" Non-album single

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cliff, Aimee (29 October 2014). "Meet The Singer Who's Secretly Behind The UK's American Pop Takeover". The Fader. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  2. ^ Donna King biography at donnakingdame.com, accessed 7 April 2018
  3. ^ "SESAC's James Napier Named Billboard's No.1 Writer". SESAC. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  4. ^ Jonze, Tim (8 February 2015). "Grammys 2015 – Sam Smith's Stay With Me wins song of the year". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Jimmy Napes shares title track from debut EP". DIY. Retrieved 8 March 2015.




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