Leonard J. Thompson III
Full service gospel and jazz record label.
The M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records team’s shared belief in Jesus Christ and strategizing pursuit to go beyond the restrictions of tradition, have paved the way for the record label brand to lend its contribution to the ever-changing sound of music. M.A.N.D.A.T.E. is an acronym that perfectly represents the vision and purpose for the company’s existence, “Making A Necessary Difference At The End” is the goal after every project, event, production and collaboration. Although its primary function as a record label has sought to develop and produce artists with a life-changing message, the organization is not limited to Christian music. M.A.N.D.A.T.E. has also recently explored the vast musical world of Jazz by producing Jazz music festivals and artists. Believing to be the change they want to see in today’s world, M.A.N.D.A.T.E. creates, innovates and motivates the trailblazers of today and tomorrow to not just talk about change, but be the change they desire to see.
MICHELLE R. THOMPSON
Vice President, A&R
Michelle R. Thompson has been in the music industry for over 20 years. Her tenure in the industry began as a songwriter and recording artist, then later expanded to label owner and radio personality. Michelle has a passionate interest in the lyrical and musical appeal of artists and makes it her goal to help new artists develop that part of their art form. As A&R Vice President, her whole department’s team mission is to teach and challenge new artists to reach the next best level of their artistry potential. All artists are expected to make the single most important investment of all, their time and talent. What a person puts in is what they will get out. Part of the development process also includes teaching new artists about the unseen pressures of the music industry and the need to keep God first over all. She believes hits are made, stars are in the sky and true success is in the eye of the beholder.
Vice President, Operations
Specializing in business development, Ms. Bauer has a wealth of experience required to run a creative operation. She is truly a leader in financial management, business contracts, program development, organizational structuring and grant writing. Throughout her career, she has been an advisor, partner and advocate of the arts, with music in the forefront. Her ability to multitask allows her to function in several areas of the company. As Vice President, Operations, Ms. Bauer is positioned to have a major impact in the future growth of the M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records brand.
TERRI L. FOWLER
Ms. Terri L. Fowler brings years of multimedia experience to the team at M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc. Terri’s strategic plan is to put the label and its artists on the lips of everyone who loves Gospel and Jazz music by leveraging personal and professional contacts in television, print, radio and internet mediums. Her work experiences includes columnist, public relations, graphic and website designer, special events and multimedia coordinator. Ms. Fowler plans to make the music industry take notice of this label with strategic placement of promotional materials, artist appearances and performances.
Brand Marketing Manager
With over 10 years in the Marketing Industry, Ms. Williams comes with a wealth of knowledge on brand development. Her unique sense of style, trends and product forecasting keeps her on the cutting edge of the industry. Ms. William’s sole objective is to expand the M.A.N.D.A.T.E Records brand to the national and international consumer markets with products from music and tours to fashion and design.
A M.A.N.D.A.T.E. team member since 1999, Ms. Harvey has over eleven years of experience in the music industry. Her diverse background in training, finance and artist relations make her a valuable member of the team. Ms. Harvey is passionate about music and desires to help spread the message of the Gospel through music. Harvey’s organizational and communication skills are a valued asset in her position as Executive Manager and as a company liaison to the President & CEO.
Bringing the power of preparation, organization and research, Ms. Vinneeca Williams is a valued addition to the M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Team. Possessing a B.S. in Marketing, M.S. in Business Administration and a certified Paralegal, Ms. Williams has the educational background and experience to collaborate and support the top executives at the label. A singer herself, Vinneeca has a true love for music and respects the process of the music business industry.
Ms. Felicia Sloan-Hackett comes to M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records with over ten years of hands on experience in the music industry. Holding an Associate’s degree in music and Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, she has experience working with several recording artists and producers in the industry, planning and promoting events. As the social media specialist, Ms. Sloan-Hackett plans to use social media to help M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records reach all ages, nationally and internationally.
AHMED KENYATTA DENTS
Mr. Ahmed Kenyatta Dents is a veteran promoter of music, radio and theatre production. Ahmed brings to the team at M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records the old school grassroots work ethic of promotions, intertwined with the innovative technologies of the 21st century. Ahmed aka “The Voice” leverages his personal and professional relations in radio and theater to expose artists and events to our targeted consumers. Stay tuned to Ahmed Kenyatta Dents and be informed of the latest in great Jazz music.
RHONDA Y. POWELL
Artist Relations, Jazz
Rhonda Powell brings over 8 years of sales and marketing experience to the team as the Artist Relations Representative for the newly developing Jazz Division of M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc. Her love for music was inherited from her parents who nurtured a desire for all types of music, especially Jazz. Rhonda’s love for music has matured a deeply embedded passion to support and encourage artists as they develop their gift of music. Ms. Powell’s desire is to sustain and grow the artists and the music for generations to come.
A&R Representative, Christian Hip Hop
Charles Egypt, Rapper/Singer/Writer and Producer, brings over twenty years’ experience in the music industry. From an early age Egypt embraced hip hop music and excelled in his craft. Sharing his gift all over the world while he served our country as a United States Marine, Egypt has a global focus in the music he writes and produces. As the A&R Representative of the Christian Hip Hop division, Mr. Charles Egypt brings a fresh infusion of creativity, discipline and anointing to empower a new generation. Egypt lives by the motto: “Your brain powers you to start, your Heart strengthens you to finish.” Egypt
A&R Representative, Christian Hip Hop
With introduction to music at an early age, Mauna Griffin possesses diverse knowledge and background in music that she will utilize as she joins the M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Christian Hip Hop team. A singer herself, she obtains the drive, passion, and understanding it takes to create and produce true music to share with the world. With a B.A. in Communication and Music minor, she also has the education and experience necessary for developing music from the ground up and she hopes to apply these tools in furthering M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records growth upwards.
ROBERT L WILLIAMS
East Coast Representative
Robert L. Williams III, aka RL has been in the music industry for over ten years. Owner of RL3 music production company and member of the Virginia Gospel Announcers Guild, RL is a certified Pro Tools engineer, Producer and Balanced Beat-Maker. Holding degrees and certifications from Andersonville Theological Seminary, Strayer University and Berklee College, RL is equipped to help spread the gospel through the ministry of music.
Kingsley Jackson, “Jack of All of Trades”, is a graduate of Full Sail University where he received Bachelor’s Degrees in Recording Arts and Entertainment Business. Kingsley is a musician, singer and graphic designer. His desire to push levels of creativity have lead him to develop his skills as a graphic artist in the fields of web, video, print and digital media. Opportunities to work with a large variety of clients both large and small have given him a diverse mindset allowing him to attack any task with a unique sense of creativity and inspiration!
SHAN “DAAB” BROWN
Video Editor/Motion Graphic Artist
Shan Brown is a talented video editor and motion graphic artist who captures the excitement in people.With over 5 years professional video editing experience, Mr. Brown has produced short film projects, movie trailers, event promotions, video announcements, and music videos. Shan has an ambitious and enthusiastic imagination with no limits to his creativity. He is curr
ently working with M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records to further the brand through video productions and motion graphics.
Ms. Wynn has been in the Hospitality field for over 30 years. She is widely recognized for her warm and friendly mother-like qualities which she offers to many of her clients. She is also widely recognized for the kind and hospitable way she treats people. She has been affectionately named “Mama Bear” by the many who have recognized and benefited from her keen knowledge in the area of food and guest services. Ms. Wynn has catered many private events for families in need and lent her cooking skills to feed the homeless. She brings compassion, love, and peace into the hearts of all her clients before and after every event. She creates a home away from home. Ms. Wynn truly embraces and is a living example of the saying “southern hospitality”.
Ms. Sterling is an accomplished event producer with more than 10 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Events she has produced can be traced to countless A-line Artists. Tara is recognized for adding a certain charm that warms the hearts of those who share the same social circles she works in. Tara uses her skills and knowledge to design each event to reflect her style and grace. She brings to the M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records team a vast vision with purpose and excellence, that’s determined to make a necessary difference at the end in all she invests her time and talent to do.
Mark is a Detroit Michigan native who brings many elements to the M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records team. With over 30 years of musical experience in various capacities, Mark’s passion for perfection has created opportunities for him to work with and compose for some of the latest and greatest in the music industry. Being a man of many talents, Mark is recognized as a beat master, songwriter, producer, and former Rap artist. He also hails skills on the turntables and as a mixing and mastering engineer on countless musical projects. He has a passion for excellence and an ear for unique and edgy sounds that aren’t quite the norm. His message to the world can be easily recognized in both his lyrics and instruments of choice in his music. Mr. Alexander’s style is geared to shift the pace of musical creativity and change the wonderful world of music, as we know it.
Rogers is a native of Memphis Tennessee with over 18 years of experience invested in the music industry. Well established in both the gospel and secular arena as a keyboardist and musical director, Mr. Smith’s overwhelming leadership and production expertise have caused him to be a vital asset to many recording artists on and off stage. As a musical director and producer he brings a much-appreciated style and certain taste to any artist’s “live” performance. Mr. Smith’s daring creativity goes beyond any and all boundaries that others won’t dare to cross, taking his music to another dimension. His vision and goal for his music is not complicated but easy to see, and stems from true musicianship and creativity that displays the skill and style of the creator of it.
Adam Watson has been a student of music for more than 20 years. He is a talented and gifted piano and keyboard player as well as an anointed and prolific songwriter, composer and producer. Having composed music for numerous recording projects that feature his musical flair and feel for music, Adam Watson is a true craftsman. Also known as, “Dr Watson”, for his ability to seemingly, like a surgeon, touch people’s hearts with his passionate style of worship music to God, Adam’s musical creativity has been featured in concerts, musicals and plays. He is currently working on expanding his musical genius above and beyond as a M.A.N.D.A.T.E. team member.
Mr. Rodney Jones is a veteran producer, composer and music director with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. Mr. Jones brings the “WOW” effect as a producer and music director to the gospel sound and show that is M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records. His extensive music career has taken him all over the world crafting the musical presentations of many artists. Mr. Jones is online to impact the future of gospel music at M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc. and beyond.
Reginald comes to M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc., with over 20 years of musical experience. His creative style of song writing and producing as well as unique sound of musicianship have caused him to stand out from the rest. Reginald is bold and daring with his musical taste and abilities to blend various cultural styles of music infectiously. He skill is recognized by many and has made him a sought after influence by many in the industry Mr. Williams vision and reality is using his music to speak into the hearts of true music lovers who live by it, learn by it and love by it.