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15-Year Old Local Country Artist Gets Big Nod From Nashville (Observer Newspaper Online)

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15-year-old local Country artist gets big nod from Nashville

Posted on 31 October 2013 by L.Moore

By Joe Malmuth, Photo by D. Sider

Recently named one of the Country Music Association (CMA’s) 2013 New Artists to Watch, 15-year-old Lizzie Sider has accomplished a lot, including: garnering the attention of some big names in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles.

Lizzie, a Florida native who lives in Boca Raton, recently performed her song “Butterfly,” on the nationally-syndicated Queen Latifah Show.

Lizzie will perform at 80 schools throughout California during her campaign to bring awareness to the anti-bullying movement.

Lizzie’s song “Butterfly,” was written about her own experiences being bullied and how she overcame the teasing and learned a life lesson within the words of her father.

“My goal is to spread a good message and hopefully inspire these kids. I always wanted to inspire and help people. It’s something I have always been passionate about,” she said.

A victim of bullying at a young age, Lizzie shared the idea of hitting the road to promote an anti-bullying agenda with her parents, and after reaching out to California schools, the 80-stop tour was born.

“Every time after these assemblies, the kids come up to me afterwards and I get to talk to them and really make friends. I can’t describe the feeling I get when these kids tell me that I have inspired them. It really makes my heart smile.”

Lizzie performs to an average crowd of about 500 children — ranging in age from kindergarten through 8th grade.

Butterfly,” which she co-wrote with Jamie O’Neal about her experiences being bullied in school, recently ranked in the Top 40 in the Music Row Charts in Nashville.

“My dad told me, ‘Nobody has the power to ruin your day,’” which is the theme of the tour.

“Butterfly has become my anthem and I want it to inspire others and for it to give them courage to spread the message that nobody has the power to ruin your day.”

The 80 School Bully Prevention Assembly Tour in California is Lizzie’s idea and is endorsed by Pacer.org, the United States National Bully Prevention Organization.

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

Lizzie is working on a new album for release sometime in 2014 and recently participated in her first CMA Fest with her own booth and a LIVE performance at the famed country music venue, The Wildhorse.

She will be touring Florida schools in January and February 2014.


**For more information, go to:

www.lizziesider.com**

@lizziesider

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Country Singer Campaigns Against Bullying in Newcastle (Auburn Journal)

Thursday Oct 24 2013

Country Singer Campaigns Against Bullying in Newcastle

Artist Lizzie Sider performs at the school Wednesday

By: Amy Lobenberg, Journal Staff Writer

NEWCASTLE — Country artist Lizzie Sider is no stranger to bullying, which is why she decided to team up with PACER National Bullying Prevention Center for a state-wide school tour aimed at promoting bullying prevention.

On Wednesday morning the Florida native arrived at Newcastle Elementary School to lead one of 80 assemblies that she is scheduled to perform at during her tour across California.

After groups of fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders had filled the auditorium, 15-year-old Sider described her own experience with bullying and explained the inspiration behind her slogan: “No one has the power to ruin your day.”

“When I was in elementary school I was teased by other kids your age,” Sider said. “It was a hard time for me to get through and I came home crying every day. One day before I left for school my dad said, ‘No one has the power to ruin your day.’ It means that we decide whether or not someone’s words or actions make us feel down at the end of the day.”

Sider asked members of the audience to close their eyes and raise their hands if they had ever been bullied. She then asked them to open their eyes and look around the room. Students were shocked to find that almost all of their peers had been bullied at some point in their lives.

She also described several famous people, such as Steve Jobs and Selena Gomez, and asked students to think about what they all had in common. Seventh-grader Abbie Voges guessed that they had all been bullied, and Sider went on to explain that it is up to students to look out for one another and speak up if someone is being hurt or teased.

The assembly ended with Sider singing “Butterfly,” a song dedicated to bullying prevention.

Newcastle Elementary Principal Kris Knutson was grateful that he was able to have Sider visit the school.

“One of the things that really concerns me is how people’s self-esteem can be cut right out from under them by poor remarks,” Knutson said. “What she did for them (the students) today was give them power. I was bullied too … it inspired me to become a principal because I wanted to make sure that never happened to any children or adults in my school.”

Sider’s publicist, Kimberly Christman of Rogers & Cowan, is excited to watch the young artist grow and share her experiences to educate others.

“Lizzie is a lot of fun,” Christman said. “She pulls from her life experience, which is evident in songs like ‘Butterfly.’ She is a great role model for young people to be inspired by. She is positive and it’s great that she is able to share her story about being bullied. That makes her stand out and helps drive her message home.”

 

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Lizzie Sider Visits Leggett Valley School to Talk About Bullying (Redwood Times)

Lizzy Sider visits Leggett Valley School to talk about bullying Redwood Times Posted:   10/22/2013 12:14:26 PM PDT   Click photo to enlarge Bullying has gained a lot of media attention lately since the suicide of Phoebe Prince in 2010. Bullying can be defined as an activity of repeated aggressive behavior intended to harm someone […]

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Can Kids Teach Other Kids Not To Bully? (Yahoo! Shine – The Good News With The Ellen DeGeneres Show)

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Teen group Jetset Getset performs for National Bullying Prevention Month. Photo Courtesy of Jetset Getset

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, but the issue could probably use more than a month to bring it attention. According to the National Association of School Psychologists, bullying is the most common form of violence in our society and more than 3.2 million kids are victims each year.

Bullying typically peaks in middle school, says Julie Hertzog, director of nonprofit PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. To help young students deal with this reality, the organization launched the WE WILL Generation campaign in partnership with Green Giant this month. The goal? To encourage kids to help kids.

“It’s so much more impactful when peers talk to each other about this issue and give each other support,” Hertzog tells Yahoo Shine. “We hear from hundreds of students, and a common theme from those who witness the bullying is, ‘What can I do?,’ and those who are bullied say, ‘I feel so alone.’”

For the initial launch of WE WILL Generation, high school students will talk with middle school kids about bullying and how they can play a role in ending bullying in their school. “The students who are presenting the material are developing their leadership and advocacy skills, as well as providing a voice of experience to the younger kids,” says Hertzog. In the coming year, a similar program will be rolled out for elementary students.

The organization has also tapped up-and-coming teen artists to help spread its message, including country music group Jetset Getset and 15-year-old singer Lizzie Sider, named Artist to Watch in 2013 by the Country Music Association. Sider will be performing at more than 80 school assemblies in California through the month of November, including her song Butterfly about her own experience of being bullied at a young age.

In addition to the WE WILL Generation campaign, concerned kids and parents can also show their support by signing a digital petition pledging, “The End of Bullying Begins With Me,” or by sporting a Choose Orange wristband. Says Hertzog, “Kids are talking about the issue  and they are motivated. They want to find solutions.”

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Looking forward to a HIGH-ENERGY, FUN School Tour week!

Hey everyone – I am looking forward to a HIGH-ENERGY, FUN #SchoolTour week! Can’t wait to meet you all! #Butterfly

THIS WEEK’s schools are:
🙂 10/21 – Arnold Adreani Elementary in Sacramento; Arcohe School in Herald; Ansel Adams school in Stockton
🙂 10/22 – Sutter Middle School in Folsom; Camino Elem. School in Camino
🙂 10/23 – Newcastle Elem. School and Harvest Ridge Coop Charter Sch. in Newcastle
🙂 10/24 – Waterford Junior High School in Waterford; Julien Elem. School in Turlock
🙂 10/25 – Luther Burbank Elementary School in San Jose; Pacific Grove in Monterey

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

 

 

 

Rising Singer Brings Anti-Bullying Message to Chico

By ROGER AYLWORTH-Staff Writer

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 http://goo.gl/2vOOSi.

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 http://lizziesider.com/ on the web.

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

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Singer to Promote Bullying Prevention at Fresno Schools (The Fresno Bee)

Singer to Promote Bullying Prevention at Fresno Schools Published: October 15, 2013 The Fresno Bee A 15-year-old emerging country artist will be stopping at two schools in Fresno as part of her California school assembly tour to promote bullying prevention. During the two-month tour, Lizzie Sider will visit Granite Ridge Intermediate School and Rio Vista […]

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