Sara Hickman, Singer-Songwriter, at Susanna's Kitchen in Wimberley September 20, 2007

Sara Hickman grew up in Houston, Texas, as the daughter of artistic parents and began playing the guitar when she was seven. She became hooked as a singer/songwriter when she won a prize for a song she wrote at eight. She performed whilie attending HSPVA, and the University of North Texas, where she received her degree.

Hickman created her first album, Equal Scary People, on her own, and landed a deal with Elektra Records. Her next album, Shortstop, was produced with David Kershenbaum (Tracy Chapman, Joe Jackson). When Elektra decided to shelve her next album, Necessary ANgels, her fans rallied to help her raise almost $50,000 to buy the album back.

Sara Hickman is very involved in community issues. She helped raise more than $43,000 as chair of the Dallas Dance for Life; visited Romania to deliver clothing and supplies to orphans; produced, directed, and shot her first video, Joy, which won first place in the USA Film Festival; and released two CDs, Domestic Science Club and Three Women. She has been actively involved in music and art therapy with ARTS (Artistic and Recreational Therapies), visiting children, AIDS patients, stroke victims, and other hospital patients, using her talents to help the healing process.

In 1994, Sara moved to Austin, Texas and during 1995, she toured the United States with Nanci Griffith and Dan Fogelberg.

In 1996, she self-produced Misfits, a collection of "odds and ends" from her musical career. In 1998, Two Kinds of Laughter came to light, produced by Adrian Belew, esteemed guitarist with King Crimson, David Bowie, and Frank Zappa.

Hickman's self-produced Spiritual Appliances, exploring 13 different emotions, was released in 2000. Her portfolio has continued to grow with This Christmas Wish in 2001, the live "official bootleg," Ready to Pop in 2002, and her collection of romance songs called Faithful Heart in 2003. In 2003, Sara released a 6-hour DVD retrospective of her career to date, I Am Going On a Journey.

In May 2010, Sara became the Official State Musician of Texas, following in the footsteps of the legendary Willie Nelson, and used this title to help families create together and bring art programs into public schools. The result in 2011 was the ground-breaking album The Best of Times, a compilation album of her songs recorded by other amazing Texas musicians, including Willie Nelson, Marcia Ball, Shawn Colvin, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ruthie Foster and 25 other artists. All proceeds go to Theatre Action Project, a group dedicated to putting art, music and theater back into public schools.

Sara Hickman says she likes to write about things that pop into her head, like bowls full of stars and kerosene and faithful hearts and cantaloupe and birdhouses.

Hickman likes to sing, too. She will whip out her guitar at parties and around campfires to get everyone singing along. She likes lots of voices singing. She says, "It only takes one voice to start a choir."

Whether you've learned about Sara Hickman through her music, her family, her causes, or her films, you know that her originality, creativity, and enthusiasm bring a fresh meaning to the well-worn phrase "living life to the fullest."

Susanna's Kitchen is a monthly coffeehouse hosted by the Wimberley United Methodist Church on the third Thursday of the month and is open to the public. Tickets are available at the door, $15 or $20 for adults, $5 for children, childcare is available (ticket prices vary per show). Pie from Wimberley Pie Company, organic coffee from Hill Country Natural Foods, and hot tamales are always on site! Doors open at 7:00 pm, with music starting at 7:30. This is a smoke-free, alcohol-free venue.

Wimberley UMC is located at the corner of RR 12 and CR 1492, 847-3109. Click here for a map to the location.