Sara Hickman

Sara Hickman

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandPop

Sara Hickman likes to write about things that pop into her head, like bowls full of stars and faithful hearts and birdhouses. She likes to sing and play guitar, too.
Sara is returning to the world of adult music after five years of creating award-winning music for children.
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

Biography

Who is Sara Hickman?

Let's start with May 2010
Sara will become the next Official State Musician of Texas, following in the footsteps of the legendary Willie Nelson, and she plans on using this title to help families create together and bring art programs into public schools.

But, at the very beginning...
Age 7: Sara got a guitar. She named it Martha.
Age 8: Sara wrote/performed her first song on stage, winning first place from the Daughters of the American Revolution.

As a child in Houston
With a fiber artist mother, a painter for a dad, a soccer playing sister, Sara's world was full of interactive creativity: writing, painting, wild art parties thrown by her parents on occasional weekends, with interesting women in fur coats and long cigarettes, collegiate art students around the piano, everyone singing "Girl From Ipanema," Sara in pajamas, eyes full of enthusiasm.

Teen Years
Sara attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts, studying vocals and beginning to perform at bank openings, weddings, in psychiatric units, and even at a pizza parlor. She also started getting involved in bands.

College Years
Graduated w/a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of North Texas/Denton. Set to become an art director, she switched plans when she moved to Dallas, creating her first album, Equal Scary People with Brave Combo founder, Carl Finch, who had seen her on a cable access show.

Multiple awards were won from the Dallas Observer, so Sara landed a deal with Windham Hill, then Elektra. Sara began touring, playing festivals, appearing on VH1, singing on the Tonight Show.

Then... Crash!
Elektra decided to shelve Sara's next project and drop the album. Sara's fans rallied together to help her raise $50,000 to buy the album back. It was a moving testimony to the power of the people.
Community Issues

Sara does a world of good. She's raised hundreds of thousands of $'s for: the Dallas Dance for Life; House the Homeless; Bryan's House; AAIM; PETA; Amnesty International; homeless shelters, SPCA, Mothers' Milk Bank, TCADP; visited Romania to deliver clothing, money and supplies to orphans; and personally raised more than $50,000 for the Hill Country Youth Ranch in Ingram, Texas, a safe haven for severely abused children. The HCYR then opened the Sara Hickman Childrens' Fund, which accepts matching grants and buys musical instruments, dance shoes, and art supplies for the children of the ranch. Sara's involvement in music and art therapy continued through ARTS (Artistic and Recreational Therapies), leading her to perform for children in burn units, AIDS and stroke victims, and in psychiatric units, where she utilized her talents and love to help with the healing process. Lastly, in 2004, Sara was the National Ambassador for Half Price Books visiting hospitals and schools across the U.S., helping to promote literacy where she performed and read to children.
Extras

Sara produced, directed, and filmed her first video, Joy, winning first place in the USA Film Festival; started a side project, Domestic Science Club, a three-part girl group best described as "the Andrews Sisters meet the Roches." This group released two CDs, Domestic Science Club and Three Women.
Touring

Sara's toured with Billy Bragg, Nanci Griffith and Dan Fogelberg. Opened for everyone from Lucinda Williams to John Hiatt to the Decemberists.
Discography

* 1988 45 Single "How Can It Be" b/w "As Much As Me"
* 1989 Equal Scary People (re-released on Elektra)
* 1989 Legacy compilation cd on Windham Hill
* 1990 Shortstop produced by David Kershenbaum (Tracey Chapman, Joe Jackson) and Sara
* 1994 Necessary Angels produced by Sara Hickman, Mark Hallman and Paul Fox
* 1997 Misfits a collection of "odds and ends" from her musical career
* 1998 Newborn songs for parents to sing to their children
* 1998 Two Kinds of Laughter produced by Adrian Belew
* 2000 Spiritual Appliances
* 2000 One Flower to the Left (limited edition)
* 2001 Toddler 31 songs/stories, 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length, multiple languages, geared towards movement, singing and engaging kids learning to walk and talk
* 2001 This Christmas Wish (limited edition)
* 2002 Ready to Pop (limited edition live bootleg)
* 2003 Faithful Heart songs of love
* 2003 I Am Going On A Journey DVD: 6 hours of Sara performing on stage and tv, with rare footage of her cable access show
* 2003 Big Kid 26 hilarious/thought-provoking songs, stories and poems
* 2006 Motherlode two-disc set of songs: from universal woe to finding faith in one's own song. Undercurrents of frustration, love, sex, hope, saints, children, little birds and the garden. With guest artists Shawn Colvin, Kelly Willis, Jimmy La Fave, Ruthie Foster
* SPRING 2010 Absence of Blame songs of sorrow and redemption
* SPRING 2010 Big Bird, Little Bird animated children's DVD entitled which will also include 15 parent

Lyrics

Before You Change Your Mind

Written By: Sara Hickman

It's late at night but the air's still warm
The wind can't seem to blow
I like awake with the tv on
And watch your favorite show
And all I want is to know you're well
Standing there at the carousel
If they lost your bags, just give 'em hell
Before you change your mind

The coffee's hot... oh, how I hate the clock
The paper's still outside
The kids are up... and the neighbor said
She'd give Suzanne a ride

And while we slept the world turned round
Now you're all alone in a faceless town
So, you knot your tie
And you stand your ground
Before you change your mind

And all I want for history to change
Is the nothing left for me to hold...
And all I want
Is the mystery explained
But sometimes you just have to let go....

What's it like... to be alone?
Does it bring you peace of mind?
How does it feel... to come back home
To what you've left behind?
And all I want is for you to know
No matter where you are, or how far you go
I pray your path always brings you home
Before you change your mind

Mmm.....

Size Six Dress

Written By: Sara Hickman

There was a little operation
Her mom told her it was for the best
After surgical invasion
Her body weighed 80 pounds less

Changed her body, changed her clothes
Skirts high, shirts cut low
Needing a whistle
Needing a sign
To prove that the fat girl died

CHORUS:
Who's this mess in the mirror looking back?
Less is more, less is happiness, I guess
Are you happy now there's half of me...?
Love is more than a size six dress

Obsessed with her thighs and breasts
Food is tasteless and who'd have guessed
Once afraid...Twice ashamed
Feeding addictions that have no name

CHORUS

These hidden fears are staying near
They cause the pain
That eats me up inside
There's no surprise this thin disguise
This crazy game...this stupid side show ride....

Who's this mess in the mirror looking back
Less is more... less is happiness I guess
Here's a thought I'm all I've got
I've got to change to be set free
This stupid game... this private shame
Only hurts me
Can you be happy with who I've grown to be....?

Love is more...than a size six dress
Love is more love is more
Than a size six dress...

Discography

Discography

* 1988 45 Single "How Can It Be" b/w "As Much As Me"
* 1989 Equal Scary People (re-released on Elektra)
* 1989 Legacy compilation cd on Windham Hill
* 1990 Shortstop produced by David Kershenbaum (Tracey Chapman, Joe Jackson) and Sara
* 1994 Necessary Angels produced by Sara Hickman, Mark Hallman and Paul Fox
* 1997 Misfits a collection of "odds and ends" from her musical career
* 1998 Newborn songs for parents to sing to their children
* 1998 Two Kinds of Laughter produced by Adrian Belew
* 2000 Spiritual Appliances
* 2000 One Flower to the Left (limited edition)
* 2001 Toddler 31 songs/stories, 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length, multiple languages, geared towards movement, singing and engaging kids learning to walk and talk
* 2001 This Christmas Wish (limited edition)
* 2002 Ready to Pop (limited edition live bootleg)
* 2003 Faithful Heart songs of love
* 2003 I Am Going On A Journey DVD: 6 hours of Sara performing on stage and tv, with rare footage of her cable access show
* 2003 Big Kid 26 hilarious/thought-provoking songs, stories and poems
* 2006 Motherlode two-disc set of songs: from universal woe to finding faith in one's own song. Undercurrents of frustration, love, sex, hope, saints, children, little birds and the garden. With guest artists Shawn Colvin, Kelly Willis, Jimmy La Fave, Ruthie Foster
* SPRING 2010 Absence of Blame songs of sorrow and redemption
* SPRING 2010 Big Bird, Little Bird animated children's DVD entitled which will also include 15 parenting tips from Sara herself
* FALL 2010 Family Time Rocks! family oriented album of songs/ideas for families to create together and be great together
* FALL 2010 Best of Times compilation cd of Sara's songs performed by 30 Texas artists, including Willie Nelson, Marcia Ball, Asleep at the Wheel, Shawn Colvin, Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians, Ruthie Foster and many others. Proceeds from Best of Times will go to help two non-profits that provide art, music and theatre programs to Texas school children.