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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
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 2012–present
Labels Method
Associated acts

Contents

LifeEdit

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.

DiscographyEdit

Extended playsEdit

  • The Making of Me (2015)

Songwriting and production creditsEdit

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with Produced with
"So High" 2010 Eliza Doolittle Eliza Doolittle Co-writer/Producer Elizabeth Caird -
"Latch"
(featuring Sam Smith)
2012 Disclosure Settle Co-writer Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Samuel Smith -
"Lay Me Down" 2013 Sam Smith Nirvana EP Co-writer/Producer Samuel Smith -
"White Noise"
(featuring AlunaGeorge)
Disclosure Settle Co-writer Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Aluna Francis -
"Imagine It Was Us" Jessie Ware Devotion Jessica Ware, Matthew Walker, Brey Baptista, David Corney -
"You & Me"
(featuring Eliza Doolittle)
Disclosure Settle Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Elizabeth Caird -
"La La La"
(featuring Sam Smith)
Naughty Boy Hotel Cabana Shahid Kahn, Al Hakam El Kaubaisy, Frobisher Mbabazi, Samuel Smith, James Murray, Mustafa Omer, Jonathan Coffer -
"Voices"
(featuring Sasha Keable)
Disclosure Settle Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Sasha Keable -
"Dust Clears"
(featuring Noonie Bao)
Clean Bandit New Eyes Jack Patterson, Grace Chatto -
"Nirvana" Sam Smith Nirvana EP Samuel Smith, Harry Craze, Hugo Chegwin, Anup Kumar Paul -
"Together"
(with Sam Smith, Nile Rodgers & Jimmy
Napes)
Disclosure Settle: The Remixes Collaborative artist/Co-writer/Producer Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Samuel Smith, Nile Rodgers Disclosure, Nile Rodgers
"Rather Be"
(featuring Jess Glynne)
2014 Clean Bandit New Eyes Co-writer Jack Patterson, Grace Chatto, Nicole Marshall -
"Stay with Me" Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour Co-writer/Producer Samuel Smith, William Philips, Thomas Petty, Jeffrey Lynne Steve Fitzmaurice
"I Can't Keep Up"
(featuring Will Heard)
Tourist Patterns EP Co-writer William Philips -
"Extraordinary"
(featuring Sharna Bass)
Clean Bandit New Eyes Jack Patterson, Grace Chatto, Gustav Rudman -
"Leave Your Lover" Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour Producer - Steve Fitzmaurice
"I'm Not the Only One" Co-writer/Producer Samuel Smith, William Kim Steve Fitzmaurice
"I've Told You Now" Producer - Eg White, Steve Fitzmaurice
"Like I Can" - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mojam
"Lay Me Down"
(re-release)
Co-writer/Producer Samuel Smith Steve Fitzmaurice
"Restart" Additional producer - Zane Lowe
"Latch" Co-writer/Producer Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Samuel Smith -
"Make It to Me" Samuel Smith, Howard Lawrence Steve Fitzmaurice, Howard Lawrence
"Therapy" Mary J. Blige The London Sessions Producer - Eg White, Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins
"Unmissable"
(featuring Zak Abel)
Gorgon City Sirens Co-writer Kye Gibbon, Matthew Robson Scott, Jonathan Coffer -
"Billie Holliday" Ella Henderson Chapter One Ella Henderson, Richard Stannard, Ashley Howes, Bradford Ellis, Yusuf Islam -
"Pieces" Jessie Ware Tough Love Jessica Ware, William Phillips -
"The Way We Are" Jessica Ware, James Ford -
"Right Now" Mary J. Blige The London Sessions Mary J. Blige, Samuel Smith, Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence -
"Not Loving You" Co-writer/Producer Samuel Smith Steve Fitzmaurice
"When You're Gone" Co-writer Mary J. Blige, Francis White -
"Nobody But You" Mary J. Blige, Samuel Smith, Matthew James Coleman -
"Follow"
(with Disclosure)
Mary J. Blige, Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence -
"With My Time" Co-writer/Producer Mary J. Blige Steve Fitzmaurice
"You're On"
(featuring Kyan)
Madeon Adventure Co-writer Hugo Leclercq, Kyan Kuatois -
"Best Night" 2015 Madonna Rebel Heart Madonna Ciccone, Thomas Pentz, Maureen McDonald, Toby Gad, Andrew Swanson -
"Holding On"
(featuring Gregory Porter)
Disclosure Caracal Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Gregory Porter -
"Omen"
(featuring Sam Smith)
Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Samuel Smith -
"Jaded" Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Samuel Romans -
"Willing and Able"
(featuring Kwabs)
Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Kwabena Adjepong, Finlay Robson -
"Hurt Me" Låpsley Long Way Home Holly Fletcher, William Phillips, James Draper -
"Hourglass"
(featuring Lion Babe)
Disclosure Caracal Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Jillian Harvey -
"Cheating on Me" Kwabs Love + War Kwabena Adjepong -
"Magnets"
(featuring Lorde)
Disclosure Caracal Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Ella Yeilich-O'Connor -
"Writing's on the Wall" Sam Smith Spectre: OST Co-writer/Producer Samuel Smith Steve Fitzmaurice, Disclosure
"Nocturnal"
(featuring The Weeknd)
Disclosure Caracal Co-writer Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Abel Tesfaye -
"Good Intentions"
(featuring Miguel)
Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Miguel Pimental -
"Superego"
(featuring Nao)
Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Neo Jessica Joshua -
"Echoes" Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence -
"Masterpiece"
(featuring Jordan Rakei)
Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Jordan Rakei -
"Molecules" Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence -
"Moving Mountains"
(featuring Brendan Reilly)
Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Brendan Reilly -
"Afterthought" Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence -
"Heal" Ellie Goulding Delirium Co-writer/Producer Elena Goulding, Guy Lawrence Guy Lawrence
"Drowning Shadows" Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour:
Drowning Shadows Edition
Producer - Steve Fitzmaurice
"Love Is a Losing Game" - Steve Fitzmaurice
"How Will I Know" - Steve Fitzmaurice
"Omen" Co-writer/Producer Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Samuel Smith Steve Fitzmaurice, Disclosure
"Stay with Me"
(Darkchild remix featuring Mary J. Blige)
Samuel Smith, William Phillips, Thomas Petty, Jeffrey Lynne Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins
"I'm Not the Only One"
(featuring ASAP Rocky)
Samuel Smith, William Kim, Rakim Mayers Steve Fitzmaurice
"Lay Me Down"
(featuring John Legend)
Samuel Smith Steve Fitzmaurice
"Hallelujah" 2016 Alicia Keys Here Co-writer/Producer Alicia Cook Alicia Keys
"Anywhere"
(featuring Will Heard)
Dillon Francis Non-album single Co-writer Dillon Hart Francis, William Phillips, William Heard -
"Reflection" Liv Dawson Open Your Eyes EP Olivia Dawson, Levi Lennox -
"Searching" 2017 Non-album single Olivia Dawson, Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence, Christian Karlsson, Henrik Jonback, Pontus Winnberg, Catherine Dennis -
"Reverie" Isaac Gracie Isaac Gracie Isaac Gracie -
"Cloud 9" Frances Things I've Never Said Sophie Cooke -
"It Isn't Like You" Sophie Cooke -
"Together" Adryn Bloom EP Katherine Pearson, Robert Pearson, William Phillips -
"Doing Me" Ray BLK Non-album single Co-writer/Producer Rita Ekwere -
"Throwing Stones" Adryn Bloom EP Co-writer Katherine Pearson, Robert Pearson, William Phillips -
"Too Good at Goodbyes" Sam Smith The Thrill of It All Co-writer/Producer Samuel Smith, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Hermansen Steve Fitzmaurice, StarGate
"Pray"
(solo / featuring Logic)
Samuel Smith, Timothy Mosley, Darryl Pearson, Larrance Dopson, Jose Valasquez Timbaland, Steve Fitzmaurice
"Burning" Producer - Steve Fitzmaurice
"Say It First" Co-writer/Producer Samuel Smith, James Ryan Ho Steve Fitzmaurice, Malay
"One Last Song" Samuel Smith, Tyler Johnson Steve Fitzmaurice, Tyler Johnson
"Midnight Train" Samuel Smith, James Ryan Ho Steve Fitzmaurice, Malay
"Baby, You Make Me Crazy" Samuel Smith, Emile Haynie, Dennis Ronald Thomas, Woodrow Sparrow, Gene Redd Sr., George Melvin Brown, Claydes Smith, Richard Westfield, Robert Bell, Robert Mickens, Ronald Bell Steve Fitzmaurice, Emile Haynie
"No Peace"
(featuring Yebba)
Samuel Smith, Abbey Smith Steve Fitzmaurice
"Nothing Left for You" Samuel Smith Steve Fitzmaurice
"The Thrill of It All" Producer - Steve Fitzmaurice, Brendan Grieve
"One Day at a Time" - Steve Fitzmaurice
"Hush" Liv Dawson Non-album single Co-writer/Producer Olivia Dawson Finlay Robson
"Last Time" Olivia Dawson, Tobias Jesso Jr. -
"Telescope" 2018 Isaac Gracie Issac Gracie Co-writer Isaac Gracie -
"I Found You" James Bay Electric Light James Bay -

ReferencesEdit

  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 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.