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Girls Making a Difference: Meet Anti-Bullying Advocate Lizzie Sider! (BYOU Magazine)

Girls Making a Difference: Meet Anti-Bullying Advocate Lizzie Sider!

Posted on September 25, 2014 by Debra Guano

GMAD_LOGO-150x150Because October is National Bullying Prevention Month, we honored three amazing teen girls in our FALL 2014 “Girls Making a Difference” feature that are working to prevent bullying; one of those girls is Lizzie Sider.

In elementary school, Lizzie Sider was teased and ridiculed. Today, this 16-year-old country singer/songwriter from South Florida visits schools and leads anti-bullying assemblies. During the last school year, Lizzie met with over 100,000 students in over 250 schools in California, Florida, and Texas.

At the end of each assembly, Lizzie performs her original song “Butterfly,” which she co-wrote about her experience and

Photo by Darryl Nobles

Photo by Darryl Nobles

how she overcame the teasing. Watch the music video here:

Check out Lizzie’s official lyric video for the song, too.

For the 2014 – 2015 school year, Lizzie will be visiting ten cities across the country where she will spend a week in each and fully emerge herself into that community to promote her message of bullying prevention. Check out her website,, for more information.

Read more about Lizzie Sider and other Girls Making a Difference in BYOU Magazine’s Fall 2014 issue, featuring Rowan Blanchard. Look for it on newsstands starting in October or download it digitally for FREE when you install the no-cost BYOU Magazine app on iTunes, Android, or Amazon and start your trial subscription. Or you can purchase just the Fall 2014 digital issue for only $2.99!

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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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Young Singer-Songwriter/Guitarist Lizzie Sider Promotes Anti-Bullying Through Music (Guitar Girl Magazine)


Young Singer-Songwriter/Guitarist Lizzie Sider Promotes Anti-Bullying Through Music


Florida native lends her voice and message to students across state during school assemblies

LIZZIE SIDER, 15-year old emerging Country artist, is continuing her tour of elementary and middle schools, by conducting her Bully Prevention Assembly at over 100 schools during January, February and March of 2014, throughout the entire State of Florida.  The tour continues after a successful weekend in Nashville, where Sider performed the national anthem at the Nashville Predators game before taking the stage at the historic Bluebird Café.

“Bullying doesn’t just happen in October during Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, it happens all year,” says Lizzie Sider.  “As someone who understands what it is like to be bullied, I am on a mission to help anyone who doesn’t think anyone will listen.”

During the 30 to 40-minute assembly, Sider will encourage kids to help prevent bullying as she recounts her own personal journey as a young student being teased and ridiculed in elementary school, what it felt like, and how she tried to deal with it.  In addition, Lizzie discusses the importance of everyone standing up to stop bullying.  She will also perform her original song “Butterfly,” which Sider co-wrote about her experience and how she overcame the teasing.  Her goal is to help kids as a positive role model, having risen above her own ridicule, to pursue a career in music.

As a spokesperson for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which was launched by PACER in 2006, Sider has already visited over 80 schools in California before starting her school tour in Florida.

Sider appeared on The Queen Latifah Show, has been interviewed by Access HollywoodBillboard, Hallmark’s Home & Family show, TIME for Kids, Nashville’s Crook & Chase, and was named by the Country Music Association as an “Artist to Watch in 2013.”  Lizzie, who splits her time between Boca Raton, FL and Nashville, TN, recently participated in her first CMA Music Fest week with her own booth and with a live performance at the famed country music venue, the Wildhorse Saloon.  Both “Butterfly” and her follow-up single, “I Love You That Much,” charted in the Top 40 on MusicRow.  The video for “I Love You That Much” was directed by award-winning Steven Goldmann, whose past credits include Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Shania Twain.  Sider is currently working on her first full-length studio album for release in 2014.

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Rising Singer Brings Anti-Bullying Message to Chico (Chico Enterprise Record)




Rising Singer Brings Anti-Bullying Message to Chico


Posted:   10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM PDT

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Lizzie Sider performs and educates Marsh Junior High School students about bullying during an assembly at the school on Friday. (Bill Husa, Staff photo) All ChicoER photos are available here. 


CHICO — Lizzie Sider is a bright, cheerful, energetic 15-year-old with a burgeoning career as a country singer, but Friday she was at Marsh Junior High School to do personal combat with bullying.Lizzie, who has performed with Nashville stars and whose Internet release “Butterfly” has scored more than 1 million hits, is in the second week of her 80-school tour of California.

Her show is a high-energy, one-person production during which she talks about her own experiences as the target of bullies in elementary school.

Before her show in the Marsh gym, Lizzie said to this day she doesn’t understand why, but she became the target of a clique in the school who devoted themselves to making her miserable.

She said she had one dear friend who was going through the same trials at the same time and that and her parental support got her over the challenge.

As she started to launch a singing career, Lizzie said she has been the target of another sort of criticism from people who have told her she is not “old enough, not good enough” to perform.

What other critics might think, 290 Marsh seventh-graders erupted into thunderous cheers when she bounced into the gym from a side door.

“I’m Lizzie Sider and I’m 15 years old,” said Lizzie, introducing herself to the crowd.

She told her audience she had been teased, excluded from games at recess and called names.

Then she asked her audience, while still holding their hands aloft, to open their eyes.

The students gasped when they realized almost everybody in the audience had their hands up.

Singing and dancing while she made her points, Lizzie pointed out, since almost everybody in the crowd knew the pain of being the target of bullies, “Let’s not cause that pain for somebody else.”

She also told the students that for a long time she came home from school crying almost every day.

Lizzie is joined on her tour by her attorney father, Don Sider, and her mother, Carole Sider.

Before her performance, she described both of her parents as “rock stars” who are always there for her, and during the show she credited her father with giving her the key to overcoming being bullied.

“My dad told me, ‘Nobody has the power to ruin your day’.”

She explained she didn’t really understand at first but she came to the realization, “We decide whether or not somebody else’s actions or words can get you down.”

In her finale, she sang “Butterfly,” which can be heard on YouTube at

The lyrics say in part:

“And look at me now, look at me now

Finally comin’ and I want to fly

Gonna spread my wings, bright, and colorful things

They thought they knew me plain and shy,

But all along I was a butterfly.”

The series of school assemblies will continue in California until late November.

On Nov. 21, she will take part in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, where “Butterfly” has been nominated for an award.

For more information about the singer, visit on the web.

Reach Roger H. Aylworth at 896-7762,, or on Twitter @RogerAylworth.

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