Gerald Eaton a.k.a. Jarvis Church is a Canadian R&B singer-songwriter and music producer, originally from Jamaica, currently living in Los Angeles.
He is the lead singer for the R&B-pop group The Philosopher Kings, which reached its peak popularity in the late1990s. During the group’s 7-year hiatus, Eaton began a solo career, releasing the album Shake it Off in 2002 under the stage name Jarvis Church, derived from two parallel streets in Toronto, Ontario. The Philosopher Kings subsequently reunited and released a new album in February 2006. In 2008 Jarvis released his second solo album called “The Long way Home”. In 2012 he released his 3rd solo album The Soul Station Vol 1: The songs of Sam Cooke, A Tribute.
As a producer, in 1999 he discovered Nelly Furtado at the Honey Jam showcase in Toronto Canada and in 2001 he co-produced Nelly Furtado’s debut album Whoa, Nelly! with his Philosopher Kings bandmate Brian West. In 2001 they were nominated for the producer of the year Grammy and went on to produce a variety of different tracks under the production name Track and Field. In 2004 Jarvis also discovered Canadian/Somalian rapper K’naan in Toronto and co-wrote and co-produced his first two albums, the Juno award winning, The Dusty Foot Philosopher and his sophomore release, Troubadour.
Awards and Honours
1995 Juno award for best new group. The Philosopher Kings.
1996 Socan award for best urban music. The Philosopher Kings.
2001 Grammy nomination for producer of the year for Whoa Nelly, Nelly Furtado.
2002 Juno for producer of the year for Whoa Nelly, Nelly Furtado.
2005 Juno for best hip hop album, The Dusty Foot Philosopher, K’naan.
2005 Socan award for pop music, Powerless (say what you want), Folklore, Nelly Furtado.
2010 Socan number one award for Take a Minute, Troubadour, K’naan
Jarvis is currently performing throughout Canada with his 8 piece band The Soul Station in support of their new album, Volume 2: Songs of Curtis Mayfield, a tribute.
Jarvis is also the feature on the new EDM single Stay by U.S. DJ’s Manufactured Superstars.
Jarvis is continuing his passion for discovering and developing new talent with his latest discovery Jordan Alexander. She is a 22 year old beauty that Jarvis discovered at The Honey Jam in Toronto 14 years after discovering Nelly at the very same showcase. Her music is EDM infused pop with subsonic bass and inviting angelic vocals.