Inspiration Board | Sara Hickman


A conversation with Austin musician Sara Hickman is a refreshing reminder that more often than not, the most significant inspiration lies within arm’s reach. “My influences are all around me,” she says. “More than musicians, it’s the people. . . and what they are listening to that influence me. Or when I see live music, I’m inspired to go home and emulate the style.”

And from her daughters’ sketches—reminders to lose yourself in the moment—to her father’s handmade wooden toy—a reminder to laugh—Hickman’s thoughtful awareness comes through in the approach she takes to her own work. “I have a song called ‘The Trouble with Boxes,’ and it describes how I’ll never fit in,” she explains. “I’ve been called a folk, jazz, rock, alternative, country singer, but I just consider myself ‘eclectic.’”

This year Hickman will be focusing her attention on a diverse assortment of music-related endeavors, including a women’s “song-a-week” writing project called “Real Women, Real Songs” (facebook.com/realwomenrealsongs), a 30th anniversary recording with the African Children’s Choir, commercial and voice-over work, and personal projects with family (“My husband, our daughters, and I are performing together in song swaps for live audiences. Pure magic happens and, boy, if I may say—it’s quite entertaining!”). More about Sara Hickman at sarahickman.com.

Sara Hickman will be performing at our "Austin Icon", the Winflo Listening Room (1315 W. Sixth Street) on March 27.


Photography by: Bill Sallans

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