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James Napier, known professionally as Jimmy Napes, is an English singer, songwriter and record producer from London, United Kingdom.[1]

Jimmy Napes
Birth name James Napier
Born London, United Kingdom
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 2012–present
Labels Method
Associated acts



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]

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.


Extended playsEdit

  • The Making of Me (2015)

Songwriting and production creditsEdit

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credit(s)[6]
"So High" 2010 Eliza Doolittle Eliza Doolittle
(featuring Sam Smith)
2013 Disclosure Settle
"White Noise"
(featuring AlunaGeorge)
(featuring Sasha Keable)
"You & Me"
(featuring Eliza Doolittle)
"Together" Sam Smith x Nile Rodgers x Disclosure x Jimmy Napes Settle: The Remixes
"La La La"
(featuring Sam Smith)
Naughty Boy Hotel Cabana
"Nirvana" Sam Smith Nirvana
"Imagine It Was Us" Jessie Ware Devotion
"Not Loving You" 2014 Mary J. Blige The London Sessions
"When You're Gone"
"Right Now"
"Nobody but You"
"Worth My Time"
"I Can't Keep Up"
(featuring Will Heard)
Tourist Patterns
(featuring Sharna Bass)
Clean Bandit New Eyes
"Dust Clears"
(featuring Noonie Bao)
"Rather Be"
(featuring Jess Glynne)
"Stay with Me" Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour
"I'm Not the Only One"
"Lay Me Down"
"Make It to Me"
"Pieces" Jessie Ware Tough Love
"The Way We Are"
(featuring Zak Abel)
Gorgon City Sirens
"You're On"
(featuring Kyan)
Madeon Adventure
"Writing's on the Wall" 2015 Sam Smith Spectre: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
"Best Night" Madonna Rebel Heart
"Heal" Ellie Goulding Delirium
"Cheating on Me" Kwabs Love + War
"The Making of Me" Jimmy Napes The Making of Me
"Give It Up"
"Keep You to Myself"
"Afterthought" Disclosure Caracal
"Good Intentions"
(featuring Miguel)
"Holding On"
(featuring Gregory Porter)
(featuring Lion Babe)
(featuring Lorde)
(featuring Jordan Rakei)
"Moving Mountains"
(featuring Brendan Reilly)
(featuring The Weeknd)
(featuring Sam Smith)
(featuring Nao)
"Willing and Able"
(featuring Kwabs)
"Anywhere" 2016 Dillon Francis Anywhere
"Hurt Me" Låpsley Long Way Home
"Hallelujah" Alicia Keys Here
"Too Good at Goodbyes" 2017 Sam Smith The Thrill of It All
  • Co-writer
  • producer
"Say It First"
"One Last Song"
"Midnight Train"
"Burning" Producer
"Baby, You Make Me Crazy"
  • Co-writer
  • producer
"No Peace"
(featuring YEBBA)
"Nothing Left for You"
"One Day at a Time" Producer
"Reverie" Isaac Gracie Reverie
"We Stayed Up All Night"
(featuring Ardyn)
Tourist We Stayed Up All Night


  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 niography at, 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. 
  6. ^ "Jimmy Napes - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.