Phil Thornton named Senior Vice President of Capitol Christian Music Group

Phil Thornton has been appointed Senior Vice President of Capitol Christian Music Group (Capitol CMG).

Thornton will report to the company’s Co-Presidents, Brad O’Donnell and Hudson Plachy.

In this newly created position, Thornton will focus on new business development, signing talent and the development of label, media and touring partnerships on behalf of Capitol CMG artists, says the company.

Thornton assumes his new role on May 3, and will be based at Capitol CMG’s headquarters in Nashville.

Thornton was previously Senior Vice President/General Manager of RCA Inspiration, a Nashville-based gospel music label that operates under Sony Music’s Provident Music Group.

At the label, Thornton signed a deal with Mariah Carey to release Fall In Love At Christmas, featuring Khalid and Kirk Franklin.


He also paired H.E.R. and Tauren Wells, now signed to Capitol CMG, for the GRAMMY-nominated collaboration Hold Us Together (Hope Mix),  collaborated with The Orchard to sign Tribl Records, home to Maverick City Music, and partnered with Pharrell Williams for his Voices Of Fire choir, which was documented in a Netflix series.

Thornton previously served as Vice President and General Manager of Urban Inspirational at eOne Music from 2012 through 2016, where he oversaw a list of gospel and R&B artists including Erica Campbell, Shirley Caesar, Jonathan McReynolds, Tweet and Lalah Hathaway.

Thornton joins a raft of recent hires and promotions at Capitol.

In March, Rebecca ‘Dimplez’ Ijeoma was named Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing & Content Development for Capitol Music Group (CMG), while in February, Jeremy Vuernick was promoted to President of A&R for CMG.

This followed Arjun Pulijal’s promotion to President of CMG at the start of the year.

“We are thrilled to welcome Phil to the Capitol CMG team.”

Brad O’Donnell and Hudson Plachy

Brad O’Donnell and Hudson Plachy, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Phil to the Capitol CMG team.

“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.”

“I’ve watched [thornton] channel his ideas, abilities and energies into a great career as a music executive.”

Michelle Jubelirer, CMG

Michelle Jubelirer, CMG Chair & CEO, 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.”

“I can’t wait to get started.”

Phil Thornton

Phil 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.”Music Business Worldwide

Related Posts