by Ramona Flume
In May 2010, Texas will crown a new reigning Official State Musician for the year, and singer-songwriter, Sara Hickman, is set to accept the prestigious award. She will be succeeding the legendary Willie Nelson as last year’s state artist, but Hickman doesn’t seem too worried about filling some Texas-sized boots.
Since 1989, Sara has epitomized the spirit of an independent artist in Texas. The music wonder has started her own record label, Sleeveless, performed endless local and national stints, including appearances on The Tonight Show and even Carnegie Hall, and has hosted her very own VH-1 special.
It’s no surprise then, that this hard-working girl is already in the works of two innovative projects to commemorate her Lone Star recognition. Her new album, Best of Times, which will include a tribute to last year’s winner, Willie Nelson, will also feature collaborations with Marcia Ball, Shawn Colvin, Ruthie Foster, Rhett Miller, among many others.
Sara’s efforts don’t end onstage. She is also a celebrated philanthropist, whose number of causes almost outnumbers her track lists. In addition to working with organizations like House the Homeless and Necessary Angels, she is currently creating a new website, called “Family Time Rocks!” that encourages families to interact and create music together.