COUNTRY GIRL, BOCA SINGER/SONGWRITER LIZZIE SIDER TAKES THE NEXT STEP IN HER FLOURISHING CAREER

COUNTRY GIRL, BOCA SINGER/SONGWRITER LIZZIE SIDER TAKES THE NEXT STEP IN HER FLOURISHING CAREER Boca Raton Magazine features Lizzie and talks about her new CD, SYMPHONY, her bully-prevention tour, and her new non-profit, NobodyHasThePowerToRuinYourDay.org. http://bocamag.com/in-the-magazine/march-2016 Love0 Share Tweet Share Pin

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by Heather Carney by Jason Nuttle Apr 2015 Also on Digital Edition

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Boca Raton’s Lizzie Sider is on the cusp of country stardom. When she’s not in South Florida or Nashville, the 16-year-old singer/songwriter travels throughout the country spreading her anti-bullying message. Here, Sider talks her music, her own experience with bullying and her hometown.

How did you start singing?

Every summer my parents and I go to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. There is a local theater called the Jackson Hole Playhouse. I was 6 years old. I couldn’t even read yet. [My mom] would read the lines to me and I would repeat them back to her. I loved being in front of people. There’s something so special about sharing that human experience. I started playing piano at 6. When I was 9, I sang my very first professional national anthem for The Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

You’ve promoted your anti-bullying message in more than 300 schools nationwide. What was your experience with bullying?

I was teased and bullied when I was younger. That was hard for me. I didn’t understand why I was being treated that way. It just happened. As I’m going to these schools, and as I’m being exposed to more classes and grades, I realize that I just happened to be the kid who was picked on.

Tell us about the school tour.

The theme of the tour is that “nobody has the power to ruin your day.” My dad told me this on my way to school. When I did [learn to brush it off], the kids that were being mean to me, they stopped. I talk about encouragement and loving your dreams. That’s so closely tied to the message of anti-bullying.

How does it connect to your music?

The theme song is “Butterfly.” It has a message of spreading your wings and flying. We follow the life cycle of a butterfly. You start out as a cocoon and shy, and then you eventually blossom and spread your wings.

The message carries a lot of responsibility. How do you handle it?

If you want to go into this field, you have a responsibility to be someone that is looked up to – someone who really assumes that role. I want to spread my goodness around and [share] my vulnerability in my songs. That’s what’s so special to me about music. As an artist, we have a message that we want to convey. Whether it’s a message about the world, or about liking a guy. That’s what I love about music.

When you’re back in South Florida, what do you enjoy doing?

One of my favorite places is Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. [My friends and I] just like doing Florida-y things. If you live by the beach, you don’t take advantage of it as often. We go mini golfing and bowling. We’ve always wanted to go paintballing.

What’s next?

I don’t’ think I would be a happy person if I was not able to perform. It’s such a passion of mine – a love of mine. I’m in it for all the right reasons. There is no plan B. My goal is to impact the world – to be a name and to be somebody who is remembered.

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Lizzie Sider Brings Anti-Bullying Tour to Haycock ES (Falls Church News-Press)

Lizzie Sider Brings Anti-Bullying Tour to Haycock ES
NOVEMBER 14, 2014 9:30 AM

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Lizzie Sider, a 16-year-old country singer, is bringing her Nobody Has The Power to Ruin Your Day tour to Haycock Elementary School next Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 10:20 a.m.

During the assembly, Sider will encourage Haycock students to help prevent bullying as she recounts her own personal journey as a young student was ridiculed and teased. She’ll also perform her original song “Butterfly,” which Lizzie co-wrote about her experiences overcoming teasing.

As part of a tour of the metropolitan region, Sider will also speak and perform at elementary schools in Centreville, Rockville and Gaithersburg.

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Singer Brings Anti-Bullying Program to Germantown
November 13, 2014

By Kevin O’Rourke

Lizzie Sider, a 16-year-old singer and YouTube sensation from South Florida, SiderSinging

has been touring around the country performing a bullying prevention program for elementary and middle schools and on Thursday, Nov. 13 she appeared at Germantown Elementary.

Sider’s breakout hit, “Butterfly” has over 1 million views on YouTube.com was written in response to her personal experience of being bullied in elementary school.

Germantown Elementary Principal Amy Bryant arranged for Sider, who performs for free, to perform fourth and fifth graders at Germantown Elementary and invited fifth graders from neighboring Capt. James Daly, Fox Chapel, and Christa McAuliffe elementary schools.

During the performance, Sider shared her bullying story with the students, discussed some of the reasons why some students might be bullies. The heavy message of the program was lightened when she asked teachers from all the schools and students to join her “band.” The volunteers were given instruments, maracas, tambourines, and shakers as she sang and danced her way around the Germantown school gym.

SiderSinging1One of the special parts of Sider’s presentation is the fact that she individually greeted each of the students as they left the assembly, chatting and posing for photos.

Sider, who has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Fox News, and the Queen Latifah Show, and whose second single “I Love You Too Much” has charted in the Top 40 on Nashville’s Music Row Chart, will perform in Clarksburg at Rocky Hill Middle School on Tuesday, Nov. 18 as well as elementary schools in Rockville and Gaithersburg.

Photos by Germantown Pulse.

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Touring anti-bullying assembly comes to Germantown (Gazette.Net)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Touring anti-bullying assembly comes to Germantown
Musician Lizzie Sider will visit multiple schools in the county

By Samantha Schmieder Staff Writer

Although she is just 16, Lizzie Sider has been touring the country for the past year reaching out to elementary school children about the negative effects of bullying by spreading her inspiring music and words.

Sider has recorded in Nashville and written with accomplished artists and writers as well as opened for country artists such as Jamie O’Neal, Aaron Tippin and Gloriana.

On Thursday, Sider will hold an assembly at Germantown Elementary School for its fifth grade students as well as for students who will come over from nearby Fox Chapel, Daly and McAuliffe elementary schools.

Germantown Elementary School principal Amy Bryant explained that she was happy to host other schools for the assembly and knew having Sider at the school would be beneficial to all.

“It was definitely something I was interested in, I think every school has a plan to combat bullying,” Bryant said.

Germantown Elementary School’s plan includes school guidance counselors speaking to students about bullying as well as working with the PTA to have an anti-bullying program. Bryant said that the school has identified peacemakers who make sure no one is bullying during recess and has the students recite a pledge about taking a stand against bullying.

“Fifth grade is the perfect age for this event because they are the role models in the school and as they transition to middle school we want them to represent us well,” Bryant said.

Sider will be performing at Germantown Elementary School as well as Sligo Creek Elementary School, Rocky Hills Middle School, Wheaton Woods Elementary School and Rachel Carson Elementary School over the next ten days. At her assembly she will perform songs, including “Butterfly,” a song about her experience getting bullied, and will ask students about their experiences and tell them about her own.

“I was bullied in elementary school, there was a lot of teasing and ridicule going on and it was hard for me,” Sider said.

One day as she was leaving for school, Sider said that her father told her that “no one has the power to ruin your day,” and that stuck with her.

“It was really up to me if anything was going to get me down. That was a life lesson I learned at a very young age,” Sider said.

Sider used her father’s advice as the theme for her assemblies this year and will be giving out wristbands with that saying printed on them to all the children that attend.

“She has that youth on her side where the kids can really relate to her,” Bryant said.

Sider said that sometimes kids are so far attached from adults that they don’t think adults were ever even kids themselves and that’s why she, as a 16-year-old, is able to convey her message so successfully.

“I think that our teachers can speak from their heart and do all they can and have the best intentions, but sometimes what it takes is someone who is young and who has been there only a few years ago who can say, ‘Hey, I went through this and you can, too,’” Sider said.

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Original article: http://www.gazette.net/article/20141112/NEWS/141119733/1007/touring-anti-bullying-assembly-comes-to-germantown&template=gazette

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Lizzie Sider Delivers Anti-Bullying Message to School Kids (HNGN Headlines & Global News)

Lizzie Sider Delivers Anti-Bullying Message To School Kids

By Larry Holden | Nov 09, 2014 10:41 AM EST

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It’s purely coincidental in relation to Tuesday’s (Nov. 4) mid-term elections, but country music newcomer Lizzie Sider is headed to Washington, D.C. Her goal is to prevent bullying by sharing her own real-life experiences of being bullied.

The 16-year-old singer has already connected with more than 100,000 students in more than 250 schools in California, Florida, Texas and New York through her Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day Bully Prevention Assembly Tour. Now she’s bring her message to the Washington, D.C. area Nov. 12 – Nov. 21.

During the assemblies, Sider encourages kids to help prevent bullying. To underscore her message, she recounts her own personal journey as a young student who was ridiculed and teased – and she explains how she overcame the teasing. She also performs her original song “Butterfly,” which she co-wrote about her bullying experience. She says her primary mission is to help kids as a positive role model, having risen above her own ridicule, to pursue a career in music.

Sider has upcoming appearances on “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Better Show.” She has already been featured on “Access Hollywood,” “Billboard,” “Hallmark’s Home & Family,” “TIME for Kids,” “Nashville’s Crook & Chase” and “Emotional Mojo.” And in 2013 the Country Music Association named her an Artist to Watch.

The young singer is currently working on an EP of new material for release in early 2015. The EP will be produced by ACM award-winner James Stroud, who has generated more than 130 career No. 1 hit singles.

The “Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day” tour in Washington, D.C. has these scheduled appearances, with more to be added:

11/12 Reston, Va. Aldrin Elementary

11/13 Germantown, Md. Germantown Elementary

11/14 Silver Springs, Md. Sligo Creek Elementary School

11/17 Centreville, Va. Cub Run Elementary School

11/18 Clarksburg, Md. Rocky Hill Middle School

11/19 Falls Church, Va. Haycock Elementary School

11/20 Rockville, Md. Wheaton Woods Elementary School

11/21 Gaitersburg, Md. Rachel Carson Elementary School

For more information on Lizzie, please visit www.LizzieSider.com.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:  http://www.hngn.com/articles/48635/20141109/16-year-old-country-singer-lizzie-sider-delivering-anti-bullying-message-to-america-s-school-kids.htm

 

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EVENT AIMED AT COMBATING BULLYING By Scott Fishman, Forum Publishing Group contact the reporter November 6, 2014 | 2:55 PM Country singer Lizzie Sider was relentlessly teased in elementary school — but she was later able to channel her experiences into something positive. The Boca Raton native, 16, has shared her story with students during […]

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