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The new CD is already in the works but we need funds for promotion and production for the new music video for the upcoming single!

Hey Guys and Gals!

Welcome to my Kickstarter page!
If these past few years haven’t been a testament to hard work I don't know what is. We have come an incredibly long way for a 100% independent country artist. From touring overseas, charting on Music Row, Texas and International charts, to visiting hundreds of towns and cities, I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to do what I love!

We are currently in pre-production working on the new CD and have so many cool things planed for 2012!
Like a new music video, new single and more crazy radio tours.
I want YOU to be a part of EVERYTHING!
Thank you so much for stopping by, check out the rewards to your right and pass the info along to a friend.
Big thanks to Colored Lion, my friends, family, radio friends, fans and YOU!

Love,
~Susan :-)
 
*Biography*

Susan Hickman has found her niche in a blend of rocking, uplifting country that hints at a range of influences from Janis Joplin to Carrie Underwood. Passion is evident from the very first note, and her considerable talent allows her to segue from whisper-quiet reflections to barn-burnin' romps with ease. Hickman's in control and loving it – and she proves it on her debut country CD, SUSAN HICKMAN.

With her new CD, Susan is not only sharing her love of music - she's hoping to connect with a global audience. "I really identify with the songs on this project," Susan says from her home in Atascocita, Texas. "And I think that a lot of other folks will, too." Produced by Doug Deforest (Todd Fritsch, Doug Spartz, Jonathan Edwards), the disc is the perfect showcase for Susan’s fresh and vibrant vocals. Highlights abound and include songs by top-notch Nashville tunesmiths Brett James, Mila Mason, Bobby Pinson and others. "Red" is a dark tale of jealousy and rage, while the two-steppin' fun-loving, "Wrapped Up In Me" offers a light-hearted change of pace. The contemporary ballad "Hell Still Ain't Frozen Over" works well with Susan's favorite, the poignant "One Of Those Who Make It Up There." Closing the disc is Hickman's soulful take on Gregg Allman's classic southern rocker, "Whipping Post."

The 26-year old beauty is not without credentials; over the past few years she has elevated her status, sharing the stage with high-profile acts Ray Wylie Hubbard, Miranda Lambert, Jo Dee Messina, Daryel Singletary, Robert Earl Keen, The Lost Trailers, Radney Foster and Phil Vassar. 2010 was been a pivotal one for Susan. She was named to the CMA Close Up Who New To Watch In 2010 list and participated in her first CMA Music Festival. Susan has also enjoyed media coverage in COUNTRY WEEKLY, DREAMWEST, MUSIC ROW, and a host of other print and online publications. Hickman's live shows are energetic, and her music has allowed her to develop quite a following in the U.S. and abroad. In March 2010, Susan made her European debut, entertaining audiences in Germany, Holland and Switzerland. In July 2010, she crossed the pond again to perform at the 23rd Annual Country Rendez-Vous Festival in Craponne-sur-Arzon, France. “I love meeting the folks who are into my music," Susan admits. "But singing on the stage - no matter where that is, is when I feel a true connection with the audience.”
 
Music has always been a part of the feisty blonde’s life story; she started taking piano lessons when she was just five years old and added the violin in her teens. Just four years ago she began to teach herself guitar. "Yes, I'm blessed to come from a very musical family," she laughs. "We were always singing and playing; our family reunions are just awesome."

Susan grew up singing in the church choir, listening to her parents’ favorite classic rock songs, and hearing her mom sing opera around the house. Her mother often made up songs to get her two daughters motivated. “There was literally a song for everything,” Susan recalls. “Gonna clean house today? Yep, she had just the song to put you in the mood.” 

That musical backdrop helped drive the Texan’s love of song, and according to her parents, the exposure began when Susan was still in the cradle. Family legend tells us that Hickman was actually singing before she started talking. "Crazy, right?" Susan laughs. "Well, some things never change."

Another thing that hasn't changed is this songbird’s precociousness. When she was just 12-years old, Susan cold-called a talent agency and scheduled an audition. Why? "My mom told me I'd have to convince her that I was sure I wanted a career in music before she'd let me pursue it,” Susan recalls. “Making that call was my way of showing her that I was serious. She's been behind me every step of the way, ever since."

While that first phone call didn't lead to instant stardom, it did give Hickman an insider's look at the industry - and helped prepare her for the work ahead. Her life, she says, has been focused on a career in entertaining ever since.

Susan is the human equivalent of a perpetual motion “machine” - and she now divides her time between live performances, songwriting, rehearsals and her web design work. “I’m always busy,” Susan confides with a laugh. “But I’m also pretty much happy all the time. I promised myself that my ‘job’ would be something I loved. Music is it.” 

Another promise the aspiring star made was to never compromise herself or her music. “I’ve always said that if I tell you something, it’s the truth. For me, if it’s even possible, when I sing something - it’s even truer,” Susan states. Her moral compass leads her in everything from song choices to venue selections – and she is steadfast in her beliefs.

While Hickman was raised in Houston, her childhood years were imbued with a “small town” feel. “My little sister was – and is – my closest friend,” Hickman states. The two shared a childhood filled with secret, homemade slip ‘n slide adventures (indoors no less) and late night television marathons watching old westerns. It was an idyllic life in many ways, and one that Hickman is determined to emulate.

Introduced to her husband Matt by a mutual friend, Susan is on the fast-track to happiness. Kids? "Yeah, someday," she says with a smile. In the meantime, she's performing every chance she gets. "I love the energy of the crowd," says Susan. "It's really powerful when the audience relates to you and your music." This young artist is driven to make those connections. Combine her talent with that passion - and you have the magic that is Susan Hickman.

www.susanhickman.com

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    You will be a VIP guest for a day in the recording studio while Susan is recording her new CD! You will be named an Executive Producer on the CD! And recieve a signed framed CD with a picture of you, Susan and the studio team to commemorate the event! Advanced signed copy of the new CD & a copy of the self titled CD! Limited edition poster! A special thank you on Susan's website + A shout out on facebook!

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    (Corporate Level) A limited edition signed Susan Hickman custom guitar. 10 Susan Hickman custom guitar picks. An acoustic performance for your company party or luncheon. (within 250 miles of Houston Tx or company is required to pay expenses hotel and transportation and come to a mutually agreeable date in 2012) Your company name will appear in the album and video credits along with an executive producer credit. Your company logo will be posted on www.susanhickman.com and other promotional materials such as press releases, various merchandise items and show banners for the duration of 2012. Autographed CD framed in a custom wall hanging with a personal thank you message. A special thank you on Susan's website + your company logo posted on Susan’s Facebook

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    (Sell tickets or treat your friends.) Susan will fly anywhere in the US to a venue of your choice (PA provided by you) for an exclusive acoustic listening party Introducing the brand new songs on the new CD and some of the old favorites (The date must be mutually agreed upon sometime in 2012.) Signed CD's and posters for all of your guests (75 guests max, additional copies can be purchased at a discounted rate) A professional recording of the event for you to keep and share with your friends. Tickets for 2 to fly to the video shoot! And a 2 night stay in a hotel close to the video shoot. U.S. Residences only or must pay the difference for international flights. Your name will appear in the album and video credits along with an executive producer credit. Autographed CD framed in a custom wall hanging with a personal thank you message. A special thank you on Susan's website + A shout out on facebook!

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