Step Forward Radio Interviews Leonard Thompson

President & CEO, Mandate Records

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 premier 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.

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