July 14 @ 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm
2010 Official Texas State Musician Sara Hickman (after Willie and before Lyle!) 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 shows, two appearances on the Tonight Show, Carnegie Hall 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 including Habitat for Humanity, SAFE, SPCA, the Ugandan Fistula Fund, House the Homeless, Sanford Community Center, Tanner RomanianMission, Hill Country Youth Ranch and many others. Sara has acted in films and on stage, sings on national commercials (Daisy Sour Cream, Popeye’s, WalMart), licenses and distributes her own music catalogue, teaches classes on songwriting, creativity, the music industry, and enjoys being an inspirational speaker. She was the National
Ambassador for Half Price Books.
Sara grew up in Houston with visual artists for parents, one a weaver and one a painter/professor, 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 accepts painting and sculptural mosaics commissions. After purchasing a B&B down on Matagorda Bay, Sara became the project coordinator/fundraiser and volunteer executive director to restore an historic building formerly known as the Palacios Colored School, which existed during segregation. Sara led a team effort of turning the school into an historical community center, The Sanford Community Center, which is now up and running!