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Sara Hickman (born March 1, 1963) is a rock/folk/pop/children's music singer, songwriter, and artist.


Hickman was born in Jacksonville, North Carolinamarker. She grew up in Houston, Texasmarker, where she attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts as a vocal major. In 1986, she graduated from the University of North Texasmarker in Denton, Texasmarker. She moved to Dallas, Texasmarker in 1987, where she became a recording artist and musical entertainer. In 1995, she moved to Austin, Texasmarker, where she now lives with her husband and two daughters. One of her daughters is named Lily Hickman Waldon and she is presently in 7th grade attending Fulmore Middle School. She and her husband are now divorced.

She is an avid supporter of numerous charities and organizations benefitting children, women, and health. She helps these organizations by creating awareness, donating her time and, often, contributing portions of the proceeds from her record sales. She has been awarded the Humana "Women Helping Women" award for her generous work with such organizations as Safe Place, Habitat for Humanity, House the Homeless, the SPCA, the Race for the Cure, and many other animal and human rights organizations. She was also made an honorary member of the National Association of Music Therapy because of her work in that area.

In the early 2000s, she was the National Ambassador for Half Price Books, helping to promote literacy throughout the United States by visiting hospitals and schools where she performed for and read to children. Other positions she has held include membership on the Board of Directors of NARAS (The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, i.e. the Grammies), an advisory board member for ARTS, and the Honorary Chair for Humana's WOMEN HELPING WOMEN Awards Ceremony and Convention. She was also Honorary Chair of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, and was invited to be Honorary Chair for the Austin Race for the Cure.

During the 2009 mayoral election in Austin, she endorsed Austin City Council Member Brewster McCracken.

The Texas State Commission on the Arts has appointed Hickman as the 2010 Texas State Musician.


Sara Hickman has released more than 15 albums, including a half dozen on major record labels, and a few independent albums. She has been a guest performer on at least 25 albums by other musicians. She had a #3 adult contemporary hit "I Couldn't Help Myself", has twice been a guest of NBC's Tonight Show, hosted her own VH-1 special, produced an independent video, Joy, that won first place in the USA Film Festival, and co-produced a PBS documentary titled Take It Like A Man.

Hickman also performed a Martika song for the soundtrack to the film, Arachnophobia. She has both appeared in and sung for national ad campaigns for Wal-Mart, Daisy Sour Cream, Southwest Airlines, Fannie Mae and others.


  • The National Association of Music Therapists
  • Austin Under Forty (2002-Entertainment )
  • The Kerrville Folk Festival (community service)
  • The Speaking of Women's Health Initiative (community service)
  • Austin Music Awards (1999-2000-one of the top three songwriters, one of the top five female vocalists, top five singer-songwriters, in top three folk artists, top ten musicians)
  • The Dallas Observer Awards (Best Musician, Best Producer, Best Indie Release, Best Major Label Release, Best Female Vocalist)
  • Parents' Choice (Gold-Toddler/2001, Recommended-Big Kid/2004)
  • NAPPA Gold (Newborn-2001, Big Kid and Toddler-2004)
  • Dr. Toy's Top 10 Audio Tapes of 2001 (Toddler)
  • Dr. Toy's 100 Best Toys of 2001 (Toddler)
  • Best Classic Recording 2003 Children's Web Media (Newborn & Toddler)
  • 2003 New Beginning Center Award
  • Dr. Toy's Best Vacation Product 2004 (Big Kid)
  • Creative Child’s Top Creative Toy Award 2005 (Toddler – Preferred Choice, Newborn – Seal of Excellence)
  • Austin American-Statesman XL Fortunate 500 List: 2007 Edition
  • Texas State Musician: 2010



  • Joy (Video inspired by homeless woman. Winner of a USA Film Festival award)
  • Take It Like a Man (PBS documentary) co-produced
  • I Am Going On a Journey (DVD)

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