Phil Thornton talks about the defining moments in his life and how his steps have been orchestrated since his mid-teens. Discussing the highs and lows during his lifetime, Phil Thornton also highlights the many stars he met along the way. He goes into trailblazing moments that include being a bridge between gospel and the mainstream and his foray into television and film. Noting the importance of operating in his purpose, he explores the moments that allowed him to be a light.

Because he wears so many hats, there are plenty of words that can be used to describe music industry executive and television producer, Phil Thornton. But there is one word in particular that also comes to mind: fearless. And that’s because Thornton has proven that he can confidently and consistently create projects and content that successfully goes against the grain.

Overseeing the artist management side of Ten2One, Thornton has guided the careers of Faith Evans, Kenny Lattimore, and Mack Wilds. In 2016, he was named senior vice president and general manager of RCA Inspiration, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, where he works with a wide range of inspirational artists including Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene, Marvin Sapp and Donnie McClurkin. Prior to his position at RCA, Thornton served as vice president and general manager, Urban Inspirational at eOne Music, where he oversaw a diversified list of Gospel and R&B artists such as Lalah Hathaway and Shirley Caesar.

Thornton has a bunch of exciting television projects in the works. He is joining forces with Jay Z, producer Datari Turner, and Hollywood producer Brian Grazer to produce a compelling new series and is currently collaborating with several production companies, including Radical Media, Swirl Films, and Think Factory Media. On the film side, in addition to executive producing the Sundance picture A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love on Election Night, starring Omari Hardwick and Meagan Goode, Thornton also produced the movie Same Difference, starring Essence Atkins and Terrence J., which was screened at the 2019 American Black Film Festival and is currently being streaming on BET+.

He also stepped into the podcast arena in 2019 with We Sound Crazy, a show alongside Tamone Bacon, Claude Kelly, and Chuck Harmony, that focuses on R&B and hip hop and is currently in its second season

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