DJ-turned-executive-turned- producer-turned-composer-turned- music supervisor, Thornton has experience in virtually every aspect of the music industry. Such skill has served him well in music supervision roles for Starz’s “Powerbook II: Ghost,” executive-produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and Showtime’s drama, “The Chi.” Thornton namechecks the placement of Jacob Banks’ “Monster,” which plays through two contrasting scenes of the episode in the “Ghost” pilot as a particular favorite.

He has also picked the music for Ava DuVernay’s anthology series, the romance drama “Cherish the Day,” and is set for the upcoming “Black Mafia” on Starz.

“The audience is really listening to the music,” says Thornton. “If they love a song, they will Shazam it, they will go on Twitter and engage in conversations around the show and the songs for the show. I get daily DMs on Instagram from the audience looking for certain songs. The audience keeps you on your A game.”