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Phil Thornton

RCA Inspiration
Senior Vice President & General Manager
Nashville
Phil Thornton is SVP & GM 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. The label, which was named 2017’s top Gospel label by Billboard, recently released Snoop Dogg’s first-Gospel album Bible of Love and received an Image Award for the soundtrack of the hit show Greenleaf on the OWN network. 

In 2007, he partnered with Marcus Spence and Paul Coy Allen to form Ten2One Entertainment, a multimedia, television production, and artist management conglomerate. Overseeing the artist management side of Ten2One, Thornton has guided the careers of Faith Evans, Kenny Lattimore, and Mack Wilds. Thornton also runs Phillionaire Worldwide Publishing, which has co-written and produced records for several artists including Eminem’s single ft. Bruno Mars “Lighters.” The song garnered two BMI Awards for the Most Played Pop & Urban Records of 2011.

Prior to his position at RCA, Thornton served as VP & GM of Urban Inspirational at eOne Music, where he oversaw a diversified list of Gospel and R&B artists such as Lalah Hathaway and Shirley Caesar.