TC Thompkins

Bio and Work Experience


TC Thompkins is a legend in the business of entertainment. Over the years, the highly talented businessman has had his hand in every facet of the industry and worked with celebrated artists from yesteryear until now. From Michael Jackson, Patti Labelle, Sade and Alicia Keys to Gucci Man, Flo Rida, Snoop Dog and Arrested Development, Thompkins name is associated with their success.  The music tycoon began his illustrious career in the early 70’s at Stax Records where he served as a Southeast Sales Representative with the label’s effort to begin its own distribution network. This position led him to become the East Coast Regional Promotional Manager for custom labels. In this capacity he worked with a pantheon of diverse and unparalleled names like Eddie Floyd, Issac Hayes, Richard Pryor, Rance Allen, the Emotions and many more. Thompkins went on to become the Southeast Regional Promotional Manager for Capitol Records where he worked with and played a major role in the development of superstars like Maze, Natalie Cole and Tavares. As Regional Promotional manager for ABC Records, Thompkins played a major role in the careers of Rufus & Chaka Kahn, the Dramatics, the Pointer Sisters and BB King. Whether it’s been a major label (Motown, MCA, Virgin or Epic where he serviced as VP) or a custom situation, under Thompkins innovative direction, he has helped to generate billions of dollars in revenue for his corporate clients. As if his resume isn’t already a testament to his creative genius, he has also developed promotional and marketing campaigns for the following artists and groups: Michael Jackson, Teena Marie, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti Labelle, Sade, Guy, Teddy Riley, Luther Vandross, the Isley Brothers, Mtume, SOS Band, Culture Club, Heatwave, the O’Jays. The multi-media mogul launched Thompkins Marketing LLC in (1991) where he continues to exude his Midas touch over a long client roster, including the rising R&B/Soul talent known as George Tandy Jr.

As result of his experiences in the industry and his close association with some of the music industry’s icons and legendary performers, he was encouraged to begin his consulting company. . Thompkins Marketing has become known as one of the leading entertainment consulting firms in America. His reputation and knowledge of this business has been the key element that’s made the difference.

Since Thompkins Marketing conception, it has played a key role in the development of such artist as, but not limited to:
George Tandy Jr., Young Qoun, OTR Clique, Till, Bridgjett Taylor, Sjon Christopher, Betty Wright, Lady E, Nigel Lewis, Berry Sea, K-Boo, DAP, Carman Liana, Ghetto Boys, Angie Stone, Domino, Nappy Roots, Brandy, Arrested Development, ALC, Mark Taylor, Poor Righteous Teacher, Howard Hewett, K. Riley, Jaheim, Big Mike, Alicia Keys, Public Enemy, Heather Headly, Tryese, Dr Ed Montgomery, Paris Houston, Craig David Khalil, Eric Benet, Marva King, Arika Kane, LJ Reynolds, Kmelz, Trick Daddy, J Dash, Flo Rida, J Peguero, Urban Mystic




TC Thompkins’ music career began in 1971, in Memphis, Tennessee as a regional promotions director with STAX RECORDS. This was the stepping stone that gave him the love and respect for the hard work that came with bringing the music to the people.


TC was a part of the Stax Record Team for two years and had the pleasure of working with such greats as, but not limited to the following:
Issac Hayes, Richard Pryor, Staples Singers, Albert King, Confuction, Shirley Brown , Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, The Emotions, The Barkays, Little Milton, Rufus Thomas


Thompkins relocated to Dallas, Texas and began working for Capitol Records. Capitol had just begun a new R&B segment of its music department. Voted Regional Director the Year and worked with such stars as:
Natalie Cole (her debut project)
Frankie Beverly and Maze (major force in the development of their first project)

Worked with such greats, among other greats as:
Chaka Kahn, Dramatics, Four Tops, BB King, Crusaders, Pointer Sisters, Steely Dan


Served as Regional Director, National Director and Vice President of Promotions of CBS/EPIC RECORDS. A key force in the development, marketing, and promotions of the following artist, but not limited to:

Michael Jackson – Headed the promotions, marketing and development of his first solo projects. “OFF THE WALL and THRILLER” (which was the largest selling CD of all times, {forty million units, world wide}.

Sade – Introduced this artist to the American market. Spear- headed the marketing and promotional campaign for The American debut project “Diamond Life”.

Luther Vandross – Headed marketing, promotions and advertising campaign on first three projects (“Never To Much”, “Busy Body”, “and “Always, Forever, For Love”) all sold over two million units and have becomes classics .
Other Projects were, but not limited to:
Sign Teddy Riley to his first recording deal (Kids At Work), Isley Brothers, George Clinton, Barry White, Teddy Pendergrass, Mutume, Cindi Lauper, Tina Marie O’Jays, Patti LaBell, Culture Club, Lou Rawls, S.O.S Band (Debut Project), Heatwave, George Duke, O’Jays

Voted “Regional Director of the Year” for two years running
Voted “Number One Urban Label” in the world three of the six years during my tenure as VP of Epic Records
Voted “Executive of the Year” by BRE Magazine
WHO’s WHO in Black America for two years


Vice President of Operations, Developed marketing promotional campaign on all production company’s artist and clients.
Key artist and clients were:
Teddy Riley & Guy, Keith Sweat, Wrecks ‘N Effect, Heavy D, Today




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