At only 15, Thornton became an intern and rising star at Arista Records, working with Notorious BIG, Whitney Houston, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few. After graduating from Norfolk State University in 2003 and moving to New York City, Thornton started his first company, Bright Star Entertainment, an artist management/consultant firm where he represented Bad Boy Records’ GRAMMY® award-winning group 112 and singer Lil’ Mo. In 2007, Thornton settled in Los Angeles and co-founded 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 film Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Miche’le, which premiered on Lifetime Network and garnered 2.3 million viewers. While overseeing the artist management side of Ten2One, Thornton guided the careers of Faith Evans, Michelle Williams, Kenny Lattimore, and Mack Wilds. He also served as executive producer of the eOne-created hit show “It’s a Mann’s World,” starring David and Tamela Mann, which initially 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. Thornton served as senior vice president and general manager of RCA Inspiration (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) from June 2016 to March 2022, where he worked with a wide range of inspirational artists, including Kirk Franklin, Koryn Hawthorne, Maverick City Music, Marvin Sapp, and Donnie McClurkin. The label, which was named 2018’s top gospel label by Billboard, received an NAACP Image Award for the soundtrack of the hit show “Greenleaf,” on the OWN network. In 2020, Thornton orchestrated a history-making and uplifting performance at the virtual BET Awards by Kane Brown (RCA Nashville artist and the first African American male country artist to appear on the show) and gospel star Jonathan McReynolds (eOne), who sang “People” and “Worldwide Beautiful.” Prior to his positions at Capitol CMG and 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 Shirley Caesar and Lalah Hathaway, whose album Lalah Hathaway Live won three Grammy awards. Over the past several years, Thornton has tapped into first love, TV and film, and has created many exciting television and film projects.