Country Newcomer Lizzie Sider Named “HateBraker Hero” (CMA Close Up)


CMA / May 14, 2014



Emerging Country artist Lizzie Sider will be honored as a HateBraker Hero at the second annual HateBraker Heroes Awards on Monday, May 19, at the Hilton Frontenac in St. Louis, Missouri. As the evening’s featured entertainer, Sider will perform “Butterfly,” which she co-wrote about her own experiences of being teased, ridiculed and excluded by other children and how she overcame the pain.

The 15-year-old performer is being honored for her work in helping others to transcend the horrors of being bullied, and for her own moral courage to have become a leader and a role model, in the quest to raise awareness of, and to help stop bullying. In her efforts to promote bullying prevention, Sider has toured schools in California and Florida to present assemblies in which she shares her own personal stories of teasing with students. It is during these assemblies that Lizzie imparts her message that above all else, “Nobody has the power to ruin your day!” Starting April 9, the tour continued into Texas schools. By the end of the 2013-2014 school year, she will have met with nearly 100,000 students.

“Lizzie mustered the courage to rise above bullying and tell her story to the world,” said Susan Balk, Founding Director, HateBrakers. “Whenever a roomful 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!”

HateBrakers, a division of the non-profit New Conscience, Inc., promotes the leadership and heroism of individuals who aid in “Hitting the Brakes on Hate” to help others recover from violence, bullying, racism, revenge, scapegoating and other aggressive acts. In 2013, Peter Yarrow of the legendary music trio Peter, Paul and Mary was honored as a HateBraker Hero. To learn more about HateBrakers, visit

Sider, who splits her time between Boca Raton, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee, will perform at CMA Music Festival on Friday, June 7, at 1 PM on the Chevy Roadhouse Stage.


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Texas Leadership Charter Academy Gets a Visit from Emerging Country Artist (NewsWest 9 / Midland)

Texas Leadership Charter Academy Gets a Visit From Emerging Country Artist

Posted: May 13, 2014 3:25 PM CDT
Updated: May 13, 2014 3:29 PM CDT

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MIDLAND – The Texas Leadership Charter Academy got a visit from an emerging country artist on Tuesday morning. Image by Newswest 9 : Midland

Lizzie Sider visited the school as part of her school tour where she speaks to students throughout the State of Texas.

The students got to hear as sider talk about her own struggles with teasing and hear her song “Butterfly” which was written about her experience and how she overcame it.

Sider hopes to be a positive role model and to help prevent future bullying.

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B. Mac Students Unite Against Bullying (Herald Democrat)

Posted May 8, 2014 – 9:13am

B. Mac students unite against bullying

Singer and motivational speaker Lizzie Sider turned the microphone over to several B. McDaniel students during a special anti-bullying program hosted Tuesday for all sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the school gymnasium. - See more at:

Singer and motivational speaker Lizzie Sider turned the microphone over to several B. McDaniel students during a special anti-bullying program hosted Tuesday for all sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the school gymnasium.

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More than 1,000 B. McDaniel Middle School students stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the school gym on Tuesday, resolute in their commitment to end bullying at all levels.

Leading the massive rally was a talented young singer and motivational speaker named Lizzie Sider, who was bullied in elementary school but overcame the adversity to become a YouTube sensation for her debut single, “Butterfly.” The lyrics of the song speak to Sider’s triumph over bullying.

Sider engaged B. Mac students at every turn, empowering them to stand up and say no to all kinds of bullying, at school and at home, in neighborhoods and sporting events. When she asked the kids to raise their hands if they had ever been bullied, the response was an overwhelming majority. Several students took the microphone to talk about why kids bully; others offered ways to overcome the hurt and become a proponent for change.

“It was inspiring to see this mass show of solidarity among our students…against something that negatively affects all of us,” said Principal Alvis Dunlap. “Most of us have felt the sting of bullying at some time in our lives. It is gratifying to see that our kids want to work together to prevent future hurts and to help heal past wounds. These kinds of programs teach our kids that it’s good to speak up…to take a stand against things that are wrong and hurtful. If w

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Spreading Her Wings: Teen music star presents anti-bullying message (Royce City Herald Banner)

May 8, 2014 SPREADING HER WINGS: Teen music star presents anti-bullying message By AUSTIN WELLS Herald-Banner Staff Teen country music artist Lizzie Sider had a simple, meaningful message to tell the young students at Davis Elementary School last week, a message once told to her by her father when she was being bullied in elementary […]

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