Phil Thornton

Phil Thornton

Board of Directors

After graduating in 2003 from Norfolk University, Phil Thornton started his first company, Bright Star Entertainment, an artist management/consultant firm where he represented artists such as 112 and Lil’ Mo.  In 2007, he partnered with Marcus Spence and Paul Coy Allen to form the successful Ten2One Entertainment, a multimedia, television production, and artist management conglomerate. In October 2016, Ten2One, along with Sony Pictures Television and Thinkfactory Media, released the made-for-TV Lifetime Network film, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Miche’le, which garnered an impressive average of 2.3 million viewers. Thornton served as executive producer on the eOne-created hit show “It’s a Mann’s World,” starring David and Tamela Mann, which originally aired on BET, but returned for its third season on TV One. In 2018, Thornton and his team celebrated an NAACP Image Award win for “Outstanding Reality Series” for the show.   

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, Koryn Hawthorne, Travis Greene, Marvin Sapp and Kierra Sheard. 

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 third season.