2010 Official Texas State Musician Sara Hickman has been recording, performing and touring since 1988. Through broad television and radio exposure, massive touring, over 20 albums, a successful career—including hosting VH-1, two appearances on the Tonight Show and multiple awards for her songwriting and philanthropy, Sara Hickman is internationally known for her Grammy nominated and award winning pop/folk music. Through her music, Sara has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a multitude of non-profits from Habitat for Humanity to the Ugandan Fistula Fund, the Hill Country Youth Ranch and many others. She has toured with Dan Fogelberg and Billy Bragg, and performed/recorded with Adrian Belew, John Prine, George Burns, Asleep at the Wheel, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett and many, many others.
Sara has acted on film and stage, sings on national commercials (including Wal-Mart, Daisy Sour Cream and 14 years with Popeye’s Fried Chicken), licenses and distributes her own music catalogue, teaches classes on songwriting, creativity, the music industry, and enjoys being an inspirational speaker.
Sara grew up in Houston with visual artists for parents, which led her to graduate with a BA from the University of North Texas in painting. As a teenager, Sara became a volunteer performing music for youth in psych units. This led to her working as a professional music and art therapist, receiving a lifetime achievement award from The National Association of Music Therapists.
Alongside music, Sara creates chalk mandalas and sculptural mosaics. Sara became the fundraiser and volunteer executive director to restore an historic building formerly known as the Palacios Colored School, which existed during segregation. Sara is leading a team effort of turning the school into an historical community center, The Sanford Community Center.
In 2019, Sara donated over $18,000 in proceeds from the sales of her Texas Musicians Coloring Book (Volume 1), which took two years to draw! She is also the booking agent for a yearly family music festival called MossFest (inside the ABC Kite Festival at Zilker Park) and is a proud mom to two amazing kids.