Patrick "J. Que" Smith

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Patrick “j.Que” Smith’s career is proof that God works in mysterious ways.

It’s no accident that a minister’s son from Alabama ended up nominated for a Grammy in 2013 for “Best R&B Song” thanks to a chart-blazing ANTHONY HAMILTON song entitled "Pray For Me". And one look at J. Que’s credentials - two Grammy Nominations, five BMI Awards and song writing credits for artists like BEYONCE, JUSTIN BIEBER, USHER and BRITNEY SPEARS - tells you that he’s experienced some major opportunities that any capable producer would die for.

Smith grew up in the South with two parents who were ministers. The second of five kids in a musical family, Smith spent lots of time singing in church choirs and even earned himself a vocal scholarship prior to starting college. It wasn’t long before he realized his knack for writing and producing over being a vocalist.

Near the end of 2003, Smith co-wrote Usher’s hit song "Yeah!" which later garnered him his first “Best R&B Song” Grammy nomination. His career then led him to form Atlanta-based pop music brain trust The Clutch in 2004 ( The five-person team penned hits like "The Way I Are" for TIMBALAND, "Take Me As I Am" for MARY J. BLIGE, "Like A Boy" for CIARA and "Ice Box" for OMARION. That kind of ear for hit music continues to serve him well as he continues to expand his brand.

“The first ten years of my career have been a wild ride, I’m really looking forward to the next ten,” Smith says.[1]

Songs produced or written[edit]

Year Song title Artist Album
2000 "永遠に" (Towani) The Gospellers Soul Serenade
2001 "ひとり" (Hitori) Love Notes
2002 Body Calling Frenzy
DAWN - 夜明け
"Hush Lil' Lady" Lil' Corey featuring Lil' Romeo I'm Just Corey
2004 "Yeah!" Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris Confessions
"Throwback" Usher
"Truth Is" Fantasia Free Yourself
"Jump Off" Billy Crawford Big City
2005 "Sposed to Be" Toni Braxton Libra
"Free Style" Daichi Miura D-ROCK with U
"Insomniac" Shawn Desman Back for More
"Red Hair"
2006 "4 Minutes" Avant Director
"Like a Boy" Ciara Ciara: The Evolution
"Ice Box" Omarion 21
2007 "Promise Ring" Tiffany Evans featuring Ciara Tiffany Evans
"Hate2LoveU" Amerie Because I Love It
"Forever" Jennifer Lopez Brave
"Wrong When You're Gone"
"Cut Off Time" Omarion featuring Kat Deluna Feel the Noise (soundtrack)
"Radar" Britney Spears Blackout
"No Definition" Mario Go
2008 "Radar" Britney Spears Circus
"Phonography" Circus (Deluxe Edition)
2009 "Long Gone" Chris Cornell Scream
2011 "Best Thing I Never Had" Beyoncé 4
"Dreaming" (Japan only)
"Pray For Me" Anthony Hamilton Back to Love
2013 "Baby I" Ariana Grande Yours Truly
2015 "The Beat Goes On" Super Junior-D&E The Beat Goes On
"시선 둘, 시선 하나 (What If…)" EXO Exodus
"Home" BoA Kiss My Lips
2016 "Testify" Nick Jonas Last Year Was Complicated
"Lipstick" SHINee 1 of 1
"Tell Me What To Do"
2017 "Limitless" NCT 127 Limitless
"Diamond" (다이아몬드) EXO The War
"Mess" Jordan Fisher


Smith has had 3 Grammy Nominations, 4 BET Award Noms, & 3 BMI Award Noms.


  1. ^ admin-amp (2016-06-20). "Patrick "J. Que" Smith". avex music publishing inc. Retrieved 2017-08-05. 

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