I've been a huge fan of singer/songwriter Sara Hickman since like 1990. She is a fantastic singer, and her songs are intelligently and lovingly written. I've seen her in concert a few times, and she's wonderful. She lives in Austin, Texas, and is also very giving to the community, sponsoring projects for kids and people in need.
My family spent Thanksgiving visiting friends in Austin, and they knew of my unrequited crush on Sara. So after some finagling, they managed to get her to come to their house and give us a private concert! I was swooning the whole time, but managed to get some video. With her permission, here is Sara singing one of my favorites (I asked her to sing this, in fact), "Simply". It's a love song. On the video I missed the first few seconds of her description; she's saying she wrote this song when she was 17 and had a crush on a boy... the actual song starts about 2 minutes in, but listen to her intro since it's delightful.
She was a total sweetheart, even letting The Little Astronomer use her guitar and play a song she's learning.
You can find out more about Sara at SaraHickman.com. My HUGE thanks to Gennie and Bill for getting this put together!
Note added after I initially wrote this: To see what else Sara is capable of -- in a totally different but hauntingly beautiful way -- watch this video of hers of "Mad World". It's astonishing.