Jimmy Napes

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

James Napier, known professionally as Jimmy Napes, is an English songwriter, record producer and singer from London.[1] He has written for artists including Disclosure, Sam Smith, Clean Bandit and Mary J. Blige.[2] 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.[3]

Napes released his debut EP as a recording artist, The Making of Me, via Method Records in March 2015.[4] Napes also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the Golden Globe in the same category, for co-writing "Writing's on the Wall".


Extended plays

  • The Making of Me (2015)

As a songwriter

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credit(s)[5]
"So High" 2010 Eliza Doolittle (British singer) Eliza Doolittle
"Latch" (featuring Sam Smith) 2013 Disclosure Settle
"White Noise" (featuring AlunaGeorge)
"Voices" (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 EP
"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 EP
"Extraordinary" (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
"Unmissable" (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" 2015 Madonna Rebel Heart
"Heal" 2015 Ellie Goulding Delirium


  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. "SESAC’s James Napier Named Billboard’s No.1 Writer". SESAC. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  3. Jonze, Tim (8 February 2015). "Grammys 2015 – Sam Smith's Stay With Me wins song of the year". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  4. "Jimmy Napes shares title track from debut EP". DIY. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  5. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jimmy-napes-mn0002534104/credits