LIZZIE SIDER TO CELEBRATE OCTOBER’S NATIONAL BULLY PREVENTION MONTH WITH “NOBODY HAS THE POWER TO RUIN YOUR DAY”™ NEW YORK CITY TOUR FROM OCTOBER 6-15 RISING COUNTRY SINGER/SONGWRITER LIZZIE SIDER TO VISIT NEW YORK CITY AREA SCHOOLS IN BULLYING PREVENTION ASSEMBLIES NEW YORK, NY (September 10, 2014) — LIZZIE SIDER, 16-year old rising country artist […]Continue reading
HESPERIA • The mood was electric inside the cafeteria of Topaz Preparatory Academy as country singer Lizzie Sider brought her Bully Prevention Assembly Tour to the High Desert.
The 15-year-old Sider moved through a sea of more than 1,600 raised hands, giving high-fives along the way, never missing a note as she sang.
Sider’s Wednesday morning stop at the K-8 school in Hesperia was part of an 80-school, statewide tour, where the young Florida native shared her painful experience of how she was teased by her peers and overcame bullying.
“Raise your hands if you’ve ever been teased, or been called a name,” asked Sider, as the majority of children and adults lifted their hands. “My dad once told me that nobody has the right to ruin your day, and that’s what I want you to know.”
Sider, who’s been named by Country Music Association’s Close-Up Magazine as one of the new artists to watch in 2013, interacted with the crowd as she balanced each song with a heart-felt lesson.
The young artist was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award for her work to fight bullying with the Global Women’s Empowerment Network.
Sider, who has opened shows for Jamie O’Neal, Aaron Tippin and Gloriana, said her song “Butterfly” talks about how she overcame bullying by her peers in elementary school.
During the assembly, a group of students and staff members played tambourines and maracas on stage as Sider led the entire room in a rousing rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Why You Gotta Be So Mean?”
Before the assembly closed, Sider sat in the front row with a wide smile as the school’s glee club performed the sign-language version of “Butterfly.”
“I think her anti-bully message goes over well with the kids because she is so young,” said Diana Racobs, the school secretary. “She is so mature and professional.”
Racobs said the entire assembly event, along with free photos and wrist bands, was paid for by Sider.
After the assembly, Sider said she started the tour because she’s always wanted to help and inspire people, and the opportunity to travel was made possible after she began homeschooling this year.
“Being a positive figure in the lives of others is important to me, and the message of bullying prevention is important,” Sider said. “The kids at Topaz have been amazing. The signs and posters they made for me are wonderful, and the glee club did a great job.”
As a long line of students snaked its way to Sider to take photos or ask for an autograph, school principal Karen Prestwood shared how Sider’s message fit perfectly with the school’s vision.
“She was so genuine and full of energy, and she really connected with the kids,” Prestwood said. “Her message also aligned perfectly with our motto of ‘today decides tomorrow,’ and our goal of teaching respect, leadership and service.”
Eighth-grader Ashlynn Crisp said she felt depressed when Sider shared her bullying experience but was inspired when she heard how the singer “overcame and became a bigger person than them.”
“I took away the courage and strength to be brave to other people so that I can stand for them,” said eighth-grader Moises Aldana. “Don’t let them shove you into a little space because no matter what, you will rise to a butterfly and will fly higher than anyone else.”
After getting an autographed photo, fourth-grader Samirah Obaudo said she will hang it on her fridge to remind her that nobody has the power to ruin her day.
“I don’t know where I’ll be in 10 years,” said Slider after her performance. “I’ll keep spreading the message to never stop believing in yourself.”
Sider can be found online at www.youtube.com/lizziesider or www.facebook.com/lizziesidermusic.
Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.
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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.
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:
“Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day”
My new lyric video for “Butterfly”
Here is the link to my new LYRIC VIDEO for “BUTTERFLY”. I’m really proud of this video because I created it myself (with the technical help of my mom). And I’m thrilled to see that it’s already gotten over 13,000 views on YouTube! Please take a look and let me know what you think! Thanks!
Actions are louder than words.
My tour will start out in the far northwest part of the State, and extend as far south as the desert of Palm Springs.
Lizzie is 15, and has performed all over the country, been on TV and radio many times, and performed over 20 National Anthems at Major League sporting events, including the L.A. Dodgers, this past May. Her signature single, “BUTTERFLY”, and her second single release and music video, “I LOVE YOU THAT MUCH”, charted in the Top 40 on Nashville’s Music Row Chart. Lizzie is passionate about speaking out against bullying, being a positive role model for kids, and making a difference. She is proud to be a spokesperson for organizations such as PACER Teens Against Bullying and GWEN (Global Women’s Empowerment Network). Lizzie was named “Who to Watch in 2013” by the Country Music Association, and has been nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award for “BUTTERFLY”, where she will be performing “BUTTERFLY” at the HMMA awards dinner in Hollywood, CA on November 21, 2013.
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15-year-old emerging country music singer/songwriter, Lizzie Sider was recently named an “Artist to Watch in 2013″ by the Country Music Association. Her debut single, “I Love You That Much,”is available now.
Lizzie graciously took time to answer questions about her strengths as a performer, the joy of sharing her music and the excitement surrounding her upcoming debut album.
Be sure and check out Lizzie’s website for song samples, tour dates and news!
What would you say is your greatest strength as a performer?
• I would say my greatest strength as a performer is my ability to connect with my audience. I know how great it feels to be out in the crowd and to connect with the artist on stage. I always strive to make the audience feel like they are part of the show! ……
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