M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc. is a record label with a wide range of industry services including marketing & promotions, artists booking & management and event production. The founders of M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records are Christians who have sought to expand their relativity in the music industry by stepping out on faith to produce artists and music that share the same goals for change in the world of music.
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.
President & CEO
Leonard J. Thompson III has been in the music industry for over 35 years, first as a musician and later as a record label executive, promoter and manager. Mr. Thompson’s love for music was birthed in the church and developed by multi-cultural experiences. His passion for music with positive lyrics and life-changing messages fuels his vision to think outside the box of the entertainment industry to help artists develop their own unique sound.
In 1995 Mr. Thompson founded M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc., a Christian-owned and operated record label. Since that time, M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc. has grown from a small home-based business to one of Southern California’s premiere labels. Although considered a grassroots company, M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records has made a tremendous impact on the Christian and Jazz music communities, representing that Southern California style with that Diego groove.
While under his direction, M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records is recognized for successfully producing, The San Diego Praise Fest, San Diego County Fair Gospel Fest, Street Scene Gospel Slamm, The Fishhook, The G.R.I.D.I.R.O.N. Tour, The Genesis Tour, The Sisters For Souls Tour, Rock the Block Tour, Jazz At the Creek, Bayside Gospel Concert Aboard the USS Midway, and many other concert style events that were designed to mobilize neighboring communities, cities and states. The record label is also instrumental in bringing gospel radio programming to the city of San Diego. With over 40 recording projects to its credit, M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records has remained an artist friendly company not only to its own artists but also those seeking an independent career in music. M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records has restructured in order to better serve their artists in the area of artist development, preparing them for worldwide exposure.
Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Master’s Degree in Education and is Ordained as an Elder in the Church of God In Christ.
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.
Mr. Levester White is a much sought after producer and video director who has been in the music industry for over eighteen years. From music production, composing, engineering to sound design consulting and videography & editing, Mr. White is a force to be reckoned with. His large body of work includes the following musical genres: Christian Hip Hop, Gospel and Contemporary Christian. Mr. White’s notable achievements include Grammy, Stellar and NAACP IMAGE Award nomination in 2016. Mr. White’s midas touch can be seen and heard with the following artists: Alexis Spight (Uncle G Records/eOne), R-Swift & The Ambassador (Crossmovement), Canon (RMG), Ayiesha Woods and Cristabel Clack (American Idol Finalist). The sky is the limit as he joins the production team at M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records, Inc.
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.
Sales & Merchandising 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.
International Relations Liaison
Kofi Addae-Mensah brings with him over 18 years of cross-cultural work experience and international business development in the music industry. He has worked in the capacity of tour DJ, tour manager and Booking agent for various international touring artists. Kofi has also worked as a consultant and event coordinator to various festivals across Europe and Africa. He is always seeking to strengthen and expand partnerships around the globe for the Mandate Records Brand.
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.
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.
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.
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
Gospel On Demand Radio C0-Host
Walter Ko comes to the M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records family with over 10 years of experience in radio broadcasting and concert promotions. He was born in New York City but raised on the sunny coast of southern California in Los Angeles and grew up with a love and passion for Hip Hop music and R&B. Like every other kid on the block had their favorite radio station DJ’s to listen to, Walter also had his favorites which served to be an inspiration for the field in which he is now invested in which is radio. His journey in radio broadcasting started back in 2009 with an opportunity to join an on-air mentor and from there a few more opportunities came his way to host his very own shows. He is currently one of the radio hosts on Gospel On Demand Radio which broadcasts out of San Diego, CA and he serves as head pastor of 3XL Church in San Diego. Walter Ko’s passion for music and ministry are a perfect fit and open door for him to use both as a continued outreach and connection to the music industry.
Radio Engineer, Gospel On Demand Radio
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.
Lady A is one of the most energetic and charming young ladies you’ll meet in this lifetime. Her humorous personality and witty conversation leaves a lasting impression on all who encounter her. April “Lady A” Laster was born in Jackson, Mississippi but was raised in Southern California for most of her life. She comes to the M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records family as a media personality with over 15 years of experience in music, entertainment and radio combined. With an overwhelming love to help people embrace life’s truths while still being true to themselves she is breaking barriers all over the world. This perspective mixed with a little bit of humor is her catalysts for dialogue and breaking the ice when hosting artists showcases, concerts and conducting interviews for an upcoming television show in the works. April “Lady A” Laster is a media personality thriving in the environment she was predestined for with M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc.
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!
Videographer, Editor, and Motion Graphic Artist
Shan “DAAB” Brown, a multi-talented individual and team player who can handle multiple tasks. After graduating from college, Mr. Brown came to M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records as a video editor and motion graphics artist. With over 10 years of video production and post-production experience, Shan has helped produce music videos, video promotions and tv commercials. With a strong and enthusiastic imagination, Shan has no limits to his creativity.
William Jones is a native of Louisiana with a love for cooking, music and photography. After migrating to California he aligned himself with organizations that could use his eye as a photographer, and soon what began as a hobby to share with friends and family developed into a passion and marketable profession. He uses his creative eye to capture “the moment” for artists on the M.A.N.D.A.T.E. roster as an event and portrait photographer at the varied venues and productions coordinated by the record label throughout the year.
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.
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.