Jon Levine

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Jon Levine
Birth name Jonathan David Levine
Born Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter, keyboardist
Years active 1996-present
Associated acts The Philosopher Kings, Nelly Furtado, Anjulie, K'Naan

Jon Levine is a Canadian producer, songwriter, and former keyboardist and songwriter for The Philosopher Kings.[1] He has written and produced songs for artists such as Rachel Platten, Nelly Furtado, Andy Grammer, Dua Lipa, Cher Lloyd, T-Boz, K'Naan, Bono, Selena Gomez, Bebe Rexha, Chris Rene, Drake and Anjulie.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Levine began playing many instruments at an early age, touring as a drummer with local bands before focusing on piano and songwriting. He studied jazz piano at the University of Toronto, where he met some of the musicians that would make up The Philosopher Kings. The band was quickly signed to Sony Music Canada. Along with playing piano in the band, Levine wrote and co-produced most of the material on their certified gold, self-titled debut album, which landed the band a Juno Award for Best New Artist. The album was also picked up by Columbia Records for release in the United States, where “Charms” became a Top 40 hit. The band’s second album, Famous, Rich and Beautiful, was certified platinum.

Branching out to make a solo record and produce and write with other artists, Levine has produced songs for numerous other artists, including Rachel Platten and her massive smash single, "Fight Song", Nelly Furtado, K'Naan, Selena Gomez, and Anjulie, among others. He now works in Los Angeles.

Selected discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Label Details
2000 Nelly Furtado Whoa, Nelly! Dreamworks producer, writer ("Well, Well")[4]
2001 Sugar Jones Sugar Jones Universal Music Canada producer, writer ("How Much Longer")
Jelleestone Jelleestone Thirteen Warner Bros. Records producer[5]
2007 Serena Ryder A Canadian Christmas, Vol 4 Universal Distribution producer, writer ("Calling to Say")[6]
2008 Kreesha Turner Passion EMI/Capitol producer, writer (various tracks)
2009 Anjulie Anjulie Hear Music producer (various tracks)[7]
2010 Selena Gomez Disneymania 7 Walt Disney producer ("Trust in Me")[8]
Fefe Dobson Joy Island Records producer, writer ("Didn't See You Coming", "Set Me Free")
2011 Anjulie N/A Universal Republic producer, writer ("Stand Behind the Music")
2012 Juliet Simms Wild Child Universal Republic producer, writer[9]
Serena Ryder Harmony EMI Music Canada producer, writer (various tracks)[10]
Little Mix featuring T-Boz DNA Syco Music producer, writer ("Red Planet")[11]
Cher Lloyd Sticks & Stones (US edition) Epic/Syco Music producer, writer ("Behind the Music", "Riot")[12]
Chris Rene I'm Right Here Epic/Syco Music producer, writer ("Chains")[13]
K'Naan Country, God, or the Girl A&M/Octone producer, writer ("Bulletproof Pride")[14]
2013 Emblem3 Nothing to Lose Syco Music producer, writer ("3000 Miles")[15]
2014 Andy Grammer Magazines or Novels S-Curve Records producer, writer (Various tracks)
2015 Kat Dahlia My Garden
  • Epic
  • Vested in Culture
producer, writer ("I Think I'm In Love")
Bebe Rexha I Don't Wanna Grow Up Warner Bros. Records producer, writer (I'm Gonna Show You Crazy)
2016 Rachel Platten Wildfire Columbia producer, writer ("Fight Song", "Stand By You", Various tracks)
Drake Views OVO Sound Young Money Cash Money BBK Republic writer (Weston Road Flows)
Dua Lipa Dua Lipa Dua Lipa Limited producer, writer ("Blow Your Mind (Mwah)")
2016 Samantha Jade Nine Sony Music producer, writer ("Always")
2017 Lea Michele Places Columbia Records Producer ("Anything's Possible")

Solo work[edit]

Levine's solo work can be heard on his debut album Ground Tied, which was released in November 2009 and which is available through a number of online outlets, including iTunes.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: The Philosopher Kings". AMG. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Jon Levine Discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jon Levine Credits". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "UK-Charts.com". Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  5. ^ "Moguls in the making: Toronto's Jelleestone, Swollen Members from Vancouver vie for Canada's hip-hop crown". Edmonton Journal, February 8, 2002.
  6. ^ "A Canadian Christmas 4". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  7. ^ "AllMusic: Jon Levine". Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  8. ^ "Disneymania 7". ArtistDirect. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  9. ^ "Wild Child credits". Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  10. ^ Stevenson, Jane. "Serena Ryder Makes a Welcome Return". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  11. ^ "D.N.A. (Album)". Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  12. ^ Corner, Lewis. "Cher Lloyd unveils new track 'Behind the Music' credits". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  13. ^ "Chris Rene, I'm Right Here credits". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  14. ^ Bliss, Karen. "K'Naan: From the Political to the (Somewhat) Personal". SOCAN. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  15. ^ "Nothing to Lose album credits". Retrieved 2013-07-29.