Glass Mountain Records was formed in 2007 by Nashville and Barcelona-based artist Tori Sparks. She sought legal aid to escape a contract with now-defunct record label Platinum Plus Universal Records, then opened GMR and its publishing arm, Hand Over Foot, in the same year. Sparks stated that the purpose of starting her own label was to continue to release albums while retaining legal and artistic control. Tori has since released four independent albums and has been asked to speak at music conferences and universities on various music business topics,including South by Southwest, and syndicated programs such as Music Business Radio. She has written articles for ProMusicU, a monthly column for Nashville-based Dream Row Magazine, other industry groups and publications. In 2009, Glass Mountain partnered with BDC/Burnside Distribution in Portland OR for physical and digital distribution.