Sword in the Stone Records, Inc.
Sword in the Stone Records is an independent label featuring international music of all styles. We’re driven by talent…not by trends.
The label was founded by award-winning songwriter/producer, Art Halperin after he left CBS Records in the early 80’s. The legendary producer and talent scout John Hammond Sr., (the man who discovered Dylan, Springsteen, Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin among many others) signed Art as the first artist on Hammond/CBS Records. After Hammond passed away in 1987, music history books have noted Art to be “John Hammond's last great discovery”.
Art's abilities have taken him in many different directions over his 30 + years in the business. As a composer, songs he's written for other artists have appeared on Billboard's R&B, Pop, and even Classical charts. He's written and recorded on many national and international albums, T.V., and Radio commercials.
Along with his band, 'WORK of ART' and ‘The NATURAL MYSTICS’ Art has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, and the Caribbean, both headlining and opening up for acts such as Santana, Jerry Garcia, Third World, Jimmy Cliff, The Police, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry. As a solo artist, Art has shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Marty Stuart, Joni Mitchell, Robbie Robertson (the Band), The Temptations, David Grisman, Doc Watson and Glen Tillbrook of Squeeze. Art and his band have also been featured on screen in the John Sayles movie "Baby it's You."