The Philosopher Kings

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The Philosopher Kings
OriginThornhill, Ontario, Canada
GenresR&B, soft rock, pop, pop rock
Years active1994–present
Associated actsProzzak
MembersGerald Eaton
James Bryan McCollum
Brian West
Denton Whited
Marc Rogers
Past membersCraig Hunter
Jason Levine
Jon Levine

The Philosopher Kings are a Canadian band who were most commercially successful in the late 1990s. The name of the band is derived from Plato's Republic, in which he outlines the design of an idealistic government, ruled by philosopher-kings. The Philosopher Kings have been nominated for five Juno Awards, winning one in 1996 for "Best New Group".[1] Most of the band members, current and former, have also had successful careers as songwriters and producers for several artists and performers.


The Philosopher Kings released their self-titled debut album in Canada in 1994. The album was later released in the United States by Columbia.[2] The group saw minor success in the United States with the single "Charms", which peaked at #36 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart in 1996. The band won the award for "Best New Group" at the 1996 Juno Awards. In 1997, the band released their second album, Famous, Rich and Beautiful. The album featured several singles which were hits in Canada, including "I Am the Man", "Hurts to Love You" and "Cry". It is the band's best-selling album, being certified Platinum in Canada in 1998. The band was nominated for "Best Group" at the 1999 Juno Awards. In 1999, drummer Craig Hunter was replaced by Denton Whited. In 2000, the band went on hiatus as each member pursued different projects. In 2004, all of the band members (minus Jason Levine) reunited and the band released the album Castles in 2006. In 2007, the band went on hiatus again. The band reunited again in 2016. In 2018, the band released the album Return of the Kings.


Current line-up[edit]

Past members[edit]

  • Craig Hunter – drummer on Philosopher Kings, Famous, Rich and Beautiful
  • Jason Levine – bassist on Philosopher Kings, Famous, Rich and Beautiful & One Night Stand
  • Jon Levine – keyboardist



Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
1994 The Philosopher Kings Gold
1997 Famous, Rich and Beautiful 62 Platinum
1999 One Night Stand
2006 Castles
2018 Return of the Kings


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
CAN Content (Cancon)
CAN Dance
Top 40

1994 "Turn My Head Around" 6 The Philosopher Kings
"Lay My Body Down"
1995 "Charms" 16 15 36
1997 "I Am the Man" 7 Famous, Rich and Beautiful
1998 "Hurts to Love You" 8
"Cry" 13
"You Don't Love Me (Like You Used To Do)" 71
1999 "You Stepped on My Life"
2000 "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" 44 One Night Stand
2005 "Castles in the Sand" Castles
2006 "Give Back the Love"
"Beautiful Creature"
2017 "Still the One" Return of the Kings
"—" denotes releases that did not chart



Side projects[edit]

  • Prozzäk and Lefthook Entertainment – James Bryan and Jason Levine
  • Jarvis Church – Gerald Eaton
  • Track and Field – Gerald Eaton and Brian West
  • solo albums – Jon Levine; James Bryan


  1. ^ SEARCH AWARDS. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  2. ^ Larry LeBlanc (22 June 1996). Sony Music Takes on the World. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 62. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ Peak positions for The Philosopher Kings' albums in Canada: *For "Famous, Rich and Beautiful" "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 67, No. 2". RPM. April 6, 1998. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "Gold/Platinum". Music Canada. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  5. ^ Search for Canadian peaks
  6. ^ Peak positions for The Philosopher Kings' singles on Cancon chart:
  7. ^ Peak positions for The Philosopher Kings' singles on Canadian Dance chart:
  8. ^ "Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2019.

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