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The Mag catches up with Lizzie Sider! (The Magazine.ca)

Posted on May 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Mag catches up with Lizzie Sider!

NAME: Lizzie Sider AGE: 15 HOMETOWN: Boca Raton, Florida

WHAT SHE’S DOING: As an emerging country artist, Lizzie lends her voice to an anti-bullying school assembly tour across Florida.

What inspired you to start your anti-bullying school tour? The topic of bullying is something I am very passionate about because of my personal experience with it when I was in elementary school. I thought what a great thing it would be to go into the schools and to speak to the kids directly about this, and use my song “Butterfly” as the theme song. I got so excited about this and brought the idea to my parents, and we started to brainstorm together.

How did your experience being bullied impact you?  When I was in elementary school I was teased by the other kids in my grade. They would exclude me, call me names, laugh at me and I would come home crying almost everyday. It was a very hard time to get through. I was a happy kid outside of school – fun, outgoing and bubbly – but it was in school that I felt I couldn’t be myself. One day, as I was leaving the house to go to school, my dad told me, “Nobody has the power to ruin your day.” At first I didn’t understand what he meant by that but after a while, I realized what it truly meant and I found the strength within myself to overcome the hurt and the teasing.

How did music help you through this time?  I started to write songs when I was about eight years old, and that was during the time I was getting teased at school. Writing was, and still is, a wonderful way to express myself and pour my heart out.

What has been your favourite performance so far? That’s a really tough one! A definite highlight has been performing “Butterfly” on The Queen Latifah Show in October. I was so honoured to be on her show. The whole experience was phenomenal.

What do you hope other kids will gain from watching the assembly? This assembly focuses on anti-bullying and bully prevention, but the messages of positivity and self-esteem are major parts of it as well. Going into each assembly, my goal is to impact and inspire at least one child in the audience.

What advice would you give to someone being bullied? The truth is that there will always be people in this world who will be bullies and who will try to discourage us; in school, at work, in sports, in life— it will happen. We have to not let that get us down. We cannot control how other people act, but we can control how we react to something.

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The song most played on my playlist is… “Cry With You” by Hunter Hayes.aa0116_2

In five years I want to be… performing on the biggest stages, with the biggest audiences, and having everyone in the crowd singing my song with me.

I never leave the house without my… hair tie.

I’m happiest when… I’m performing on stage, with an amazing audience.

Thanks Lizzie!

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Country Singer/Songwriter Lizzie Sider to be Honored at Second Annual Hatebraker Heroes Event in St. Louis (All Access Music Group | Neil Haislop’s Nashville IQ)

    Headline of the Day – May 2, 2014 COUNTRY SINGER/SONGWRITER LIZZIE SIDER TO BE HONORED AT SECOND ANNUAL HATEBRAKER HEROES EVENT IN ST. LOUIS LIZZIE SIDER, 15-year old emerging country artist, will be honored as a HateBraker Hero at the second annual HateBraker Heroes Awards on Monday, May 19 at the Hilton Frontenac […]

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Lizzie Sider to be Honored as Hatebraker Hero (The Boot)

Lizzie Sider to be Honored as Hatebraker Hero

By Hannahlee Allers May 2, 2014 2:00 PM

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Lizzie Sider is set to be honored as a HateBraker Hero at the upcoming HateBraker Hero Awards on May 19 in St. Louis, Mo.

The 15-year-old country artist is being recognized for her anti-bullying campaign, the Nobody Has The Power to Ruin Your Day Tour. She has toured schools in California, Florida and Texas sharing her own personal story to spread awareness and help stop bullying. By the end of the 2013-2014 school year, Sider will have met over 100,000 students on the campaign.

In addition to being named a HateBraker Hero, Sider will be the featured entertainment at the awards ceremony. She is set to perform ‘Butterfly,’ which she co-wrote about overcoming her own experiences with bullying when she was younger.

“Lizzie mustered the courage to rise above bullying and tell her story to the world,” says Susan Balk, Founding Director of HateBrakers. “Whenever a room full of children hear her sing ‘Butterfly,’ about how she stopped hiding and learned to fly, they understand that they can do it too. She’s a powerhouse of healing, and she’s not even old enough to drive.”

Sider will be performing at the 2014 CMA Music Fest in June in Nashville. She is currently working on her first full-length studio album, which is set for release later this year.

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Lizzie Sider Answers Digital Rodeo’s “Inquiring Minds Want to Know” Questions (Digital Rodeo)

LIZZIE SIDER ANSWERS DIGITAL RODEO’S “INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW” QUESTIONS

Fully embracing and embodying the title and theme of her infectious debut single “Butterfly,” Lizzie Sider is rocking out of the gate not only as an immediate country chart sensation, but a role model and inspiration to fans of multiple generations.lizzie-sider-slider-504x300

Already vibing in Music City’s big leagues just a year and a half after first setting foot in Nashville, the multi-talented, South Florida based 15-year-old singer/songwriter brings a youthful outlook and an exciting edge to contemporary country music. Lizzie wrote the track with renowned artist and songwriter Jamie O’Neal (who has penned hits for Martina McBride and Reba McEntire), lyricist Lisa Drew (Martina McBride, Emerson Drive) and Jimmy Murphy. “Butterfly,” a song about Lizzie’s empowering decision to overcome the teasing and bullying she experienced in elementary school, has received significant airplay nationwide and made the Top 40 on the Music Row Country Chart; its video of Lizzie recording it in O’Neal’s studio with some of Nashville’s top session players has received over ONE MILLION views on YouTube.

I want to be out there, giving people something to enjoy and be an inspiration to them. I’m excited about the all the opportunities that have opened up for me just in the last few years, and feel fortunate to have touched so many lives with my music. I am truly living my dream every day.”

Below read Lizzie Sider’s answers to Digital Rodeo’s “Inquiring Minds Want To Know” questions:

1. In the last year what is the one thing you accomplished that you were surprised by?

Something that I accomplished in this past year that I was surprised by was becoming a role model for the nearly 100,000 kids that I’ve personally touched, hugged, and said hello to on my Bully Prevention School Tour throughout all corners of California, Florida and Texas, and realizing that I’m affecting their lives in a positive way.

2. In the upcoming year what are your top three goals musically that you want to accomplish?

A few goals that I’d like to accomplish musically in the upcoming year: (1) continue to work towards truly finding my sound, (2) continue to expand my vocal range, and (3) improve my fiddle playing. (I just started!)

3. What is your guilty pleasure when you get off a tour?

Definitely Castle on TNT. I am obsessed.

4. What is your current challenge personally you are pushing yourself to achieve?

I always strive to be the best person I can be. That includes work ethic, positive attitude, and staying true to myself no matter what!

5. Who would be your “dream artist” to do an opening act for and why?

I would love to open for Kelly Clarkson. I think she is an outstanding artist and person, and it would be very cool to share a stage with her.

6. Who was your most influential artist in your early years?

I’ve spent every single summer of my life in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and I have grown up listening to the older generation country artists, such as Patsy Cline. I think Patsy was a real influence on me; she, along with others, made me fall in love with country music. At the age of 9, someone told me, after I sang a song, “You’ve got a little twang in your voice.”

7. Do you have hobbies that keep you busy when you are not on the road/in studio?

I love to dance and play tennis. I also love the outdoors, so anything out in nature like biking, hiking, kayaking and exploring makes me happy.

8. What is at the top of your bucket list besides music?

I am a very outdoorsy, adventurous person, so a lot of things on my bucket list are things that involve exploring and traveling. A couple of my top items are: Climb (on) the Haiku Stairs in Oahu, Hawaii, and ride in a hot air balloon.

9. Do you have a “lucky charm” you carry on stage or a routine for good luck you do before you go onstage?

I don’t really have an on-stage lucky charm or a backstage routine that I do, but I like to close my eyes and just relax and breathe before I go on stage. It helps me find my center.

10. What is your favorite comfort food?

Chicken Pot Pie! I don’t eat it a lot, but it’s one of my favorites!

11. Current project you are promoting (SINGLE – TOUR – CD etc.) and what are you most excited about it?

I am currently on a 250 School Bully Prevention Assembly Tour throughout the states of California, Florida and Texas. I share my personal story of being bullied, and there’s lots of positivity and encouragement, music, and discussion. The tour wraps up at the end of May, and it has been such an amazing experience.

For more information on Lizzie Sider please visit:

Website Link www.lizziesider.com

Facebook Link www.facebook.com/lizziesidermusic

Twitter Link www.Twitter.com/lizziesider

Interview by Bev Moser / Pam Stadel for Digital Rodeo

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