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


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.


Rising Country Star Brings Anti-Bullying Message to Kids (WEAR ABC3 TV)

Rising country star brings anti-bullying message to kids

Updated: Tuesday, February 18 2014, 08:05 PM CST

dQKQoq8u9wXSHAq7_41700Bullying is a growing epidemic around the country. Today students at Dixon School of the Arts and Marcus Point Baptist School got a visit from a country music singer who is traveling the state on an anti bullying tour.

“Through the power of song country music singer Lizzie Sider is trying to preach to students about the message of bullying.”

15 year old Lizzie Sider is spreading a message about anti bullying through her music. Lizzie Sider: “It’s a way for me to express something in a way words just can’t.”

She’s taken her tour “No One Has the Power to Ruin Your Day” across the state. Lizzie writes all of her own music and says her experience being bullied in elementary school was her inspiration.

She sang her theme song “Butterfly” with the students.” “It’s about not only being bullied, but anything that we’re going through we have the power within ourselves to overcome it and all we have to do is just spread our wings and fly like a butterfly and that’s the message behind the song.”

Makayla McCreary: “Sometimes I would cry a little bit.” 6th grader Makayla McCreary said she could relate to the song and message.

“I learned that anybody can become a butterfly. You maybe shy and small, but one day you’re going to grow up big and strong.”

When Makayla was in elementary school she says she was bullied..  “I only had a few friends and most of the people who were there they would always tease me and not let me play with them.”

She says Lizzie’s visit taught her and other students an important lesson. “It’s all right to be who you want to be and nobody can change who you are no matter what they do or say to you.”

“Lizzie’s tour will be in March in the state of Florida.” More health related stories

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