Phil Thornton has been appointed senior vp, Capitol Christian Music Group (Capitol CMG). In the newly-created role, Thornton will focus on new business development, signing talent and the development of label, media and touring partnerships for Capitol CMG artists.
Thornton will assume the new role May 3 and will be based at the Capitol CMG headquarters in Nashville.
“We are thrilled to welcome Phil to the Capitol CMG team,” said the company’s co-presidents Brad O’Donnell and Hudson Plachy in a statement. “He has an amazing track record for finding, developing and breaking artists and an entrepreneurial approach that we know will benefit our entire roster. We couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead for all of us.”
CMG Chair & CEO Michelle Jubelirer added, “I’ve known Phil almost since he started in our business, and I’ve watched him channel his ideas, abilities and energies into a great career as a music executive. I’m thrilled that he’s joined Capitol CMG as its senior vice president, and I know that his contributions will make the best company in faith-based music an even better one. I look forward to working closely with him, Brad and Hudson in the years ahead.”
Thornton said, “I want to thank Brad, Hudson and Michelle for this incredible opportunity to work at a label group that is the undisputed leader in faith-based music. Joining the Capitol CMG/CMG family, I’ll be working with an amazing array of forward-thinking artists and partners, and drawing upon all of my experience, to create opportunities that will continue to grow our market and impact culture on a global scale. I can’t wait to get started.”
Thornton most recently served as senior vp/GM at RCA Inspiration, a Nashville-based gospel music label under Sony’s Provident Music Group. There, Thornton inked a deal with Mariah Carey to release a new Christmas song, “Fall in Love at Christmas,” featuring Khalid and Kirk Franklin. He also teamed Tauren Wells with H.E.R. for the Grammy-nominated collaboration “Hold Us Together (Hope Mix),” and teamed with Pharrell Williams for his Voices of Fire choir, which was chronicled via a Netflix documentary series, among other successes. Thornton also paired Kirk Franklin with Live Nation Urban for his Exodus Music & Arts Festival, developed and produced Kirk Franklin’s Good Words podcast, partnered with Snoop Dogg for his Bible Of Love album, and artist Koryn Hawthorne.
Prior to is role at RCA Inspiration, Thornton served as vice president/GM of urban inspirational at eOne Music from 2012 through 2016, overseeing a roster of gospel and R&B artists including Erica Campbell, Shirley Caesar, Jonathan McReynolds, Tweet and Lalah Hathaway (whose album Lalah Hathaway Live won three Grammy awards). In 2007, he teamed with Marcus Spence and Paul Coy Allen to form Ten2One Entertainment, a multimedia television production and artist management company, working with Michael B. Jordan, Faith Evans, Michelle Williams, Kenny Lattimore and Mack Wilds. After graduating from Norfolk State University in 2003, Thornton launched his first company, the artist management/consulting firm Bright Star Entertainment, which represented artists including Bad Boy Records’ group 112 and singer Lil’ Mo.