EVENT AIMED AT COMBATING BULLYING By Scott Fishman, Forum Publishing Group contact the reporter November 6, 2014 | 2:55 PM Country singer Lizzie Sider was relentlessly teased in elementary school — but she was later able to channel her experiences into something positive. The Boca Raton native, 16, has shared her story with students during […]Continue reading
FOX News Radio’s Crystal Berger spends “A Few Moments With” Country Music Singer Lizzie Sider
In this interview, country music singer, Lizzie Sider her music, what life was like being bullied and how she now is helping others who face this issue. The Florida native is traveling to schools all over the country promoting her “No One Has the Power to Ruin Your Day” Anti-Bullying Campaign. Lizzie performs her song, ‘Butterfly,’ which she co-wrote as a way to cope with her own pain from dealing with bullies. Sider, whose performing credits include opening for Gloriana, Jamie O’Neal and Aaron Tippin, has also been sharing her powerful message on national TV. She has appeared on The Queen Latifah Show, Access Hollywood, and Hallmark’s ‘Home & Family’.
Country singer Lizzie Sider promotes positive message during National Bullying Prevention Month
By Esme Mazzeo on Sunday, October 12, 2014
“A lot of the time, I would be excluded from games at recess, and so what I would do is I’d walk around and I’d sing to myself, because I loved to sing. And, there was a group of girls. . . . They would come up and ask me to sing a song for them,” ’ 16-year old Floridian country singer Lizzie Sider said, recalling experiences she had being bullied in elementary school. “I’d think, ‘Maybe this time they actually mean it, maybe they really do want to hear me.’ So, I’d start singing for them. And then, they’d laugh at me, call me names, and they’d run away.”
Those memories impacted her so deeply, she decided to use her platform to spread positivity through the “Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day” bully prevention assembly tour. Sider has already taken the tour to three states and visited 205 schools. As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, Sider is urrently taking the tour to at least one school in each of New York City’s five boroughs.
The singer performs at assemblies primarily for children in grades three to five. “It’s very important to have a really strong connection with the kids, and really whoever [I’m] talking to,” she said, explaining why she enjoys taking the tour directly into school auditoriums.
In the 40 minute program, she discusses why bullying is unacceptable. Sider also focuses on teaching kids how to overcome being bullied, or change their ways if they have been a bully to others. She interacts with the audience, asking them to come up with reasons why people bully, and hands out wristbands to remind everyone of the message of the tour, which is that, “Nobody has the power to ruin your day.”
At one point, Sider has the children close their eyes and raise their hand if they’ve ever been bullied. After a minute, everyone opens their eyes and looks around at all the hands up. “That let’s everyone know that [others have] been through the same thing. That’s very eye opening and I think that can do a lot for a person, just [having] that realization,” said Sider.
To end the program, Sider sings her hit song, “Butterfly.” She wrote the song in 2011 with a team of writers, including singer Jamie O’Neal, in O’Neal’s living room. Sider told her story of being bullied in school. Through the story, the writers realized that the experience of overcoming bullying is similar to the lifecycle of a butterfly. Sider compared being bullied to being in a cocoon. Victims often feel alone, and restricted, afraid to show themselves. But once they move past the negativity, they are free to be who they are. “The message behind it is that we all need to spread our wings and fly as high as we can.”
That message touches kids in ways Sider never thought possible. One little girl gave Sider her rhinestone bracelet after a show in California. Sider later learned that the girl was a foster child, and the bracelet represented one of her foster mothers passing on love and hope. “The principal said that [the girl] wanted to give this bracelet to me now, because I gave her hope again.”
Sider is excited to bring her message of perseverance to New York City. Though a tour like this can be tiring at times, she is energized by seeing the smiles she brings to kids’ faces, and the genuine connections she makes with people every day. “My whole goal is to do good things. Singing, and inspiring people, and just being a role model. . . is my dream. It’s been amazing.”
“Butterfly” In Studio Music Video: http://youtu.be/KJuu1hKo-u8
Sider ends her stay in New York on Oct. 15 with a performance at The Bitter End. Her EP is scheduled for release in early 2015.
October Young Leader Spotlight goes to: Lizzie Sider
This past school year, Lizzie Sider, an up and coming 16 year old country pop artist and a role model for kids, who was bullied in early elementary school. has been on a 250 school, one person show, anti bully tour and visited with over 100,000 elementary and middle school students throughout every corner of California, Texas and Florida. Lizzie continues her tour this year with her first stop in NYC in October for National Bully Prevention Month. Lizzie also has created an NPO “Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day”. After NYC, Lizzie moves on the Washington, DC. Holiday break and then back on the road in February.
Lizzie has performed all over the country, been on TV and radio many times, and performed over 25 National Anthems at Major League sporting events. 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 won a 2013 Hollywood Music in Media Award for “Butterfly,” which she performed live, at the HMMA awards dinner in Hollywood, CA. Lizzie recently received the Peter Yarrow Hatebraker Hero Award, for her leadership role in bully prevention. Lizzie has appeared and performed on the Queen Latifah and Home & Family TV shows. She was named “Who to Watch in 2013” by the Country Music Association, and for the second straight year, has been awarded her own booth at the annual CMA Fest in Nashville for June 2014, where she also performed live on the Chevy Roadhouse CMA stage, and at the famed, Bluebird Café.
Lizzie Sider – Butterfly (Official In-Studio Music Video): http://youtu.be/KJuu1hKo-u8
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LIZZIE SIDER LIZZIE SIDER CELEBRATES NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH WITH NEW YORK CITY ASSEMBLY TOUR & MEDIA APPEARANCES Created on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 21:17 Published Date 16-Year Old Making A Difference In Children’s Lives Set For Media Appearances NASHVILLE, TENN. / NEW YORK, NY (October 7, 2014) — LIZZIE SIDER, 16-year old rising […]Continue reading
PRESS RELEASES Lizzie Sider Celebrates Bullying Prevention Month Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 6:54 PM ET LOS ANGELES, Oct. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — World Trust Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 1994, announced that its youth ambassador, country singer/songwriter Lizzie Sider, will visit Life is Beautiful, a music, food, art and learning festival in Downtown […]Continue reading
Sixteen-year-old Country artist Lizzie Sider will bring her “Nobody
Has the Power to Ruin Your Day” Bully Prevention Assembly Tour to New York City from October 6-15.
The tour, which has already hit California, Florida and Texas, will coincide with the month’s National Bully Prevention activities and include visits with at least one school in each of New York City’s five boroughs. Sider has already met with more than 250 schools, connecting with more than 100,000 students.
During the assemblies, Sider encourages kids to help prevent bullying, as she recounts her own personal journey as a young student who was ridiculed and teased. She will also perform her original song “Butterfly,” which she co-wrote about her experience and how she overcame the teasing.
Check LizzieSider.com for a list of Sider’s seven assembly appearances throughout New York City.
Lead photo: Lizzie Sider takes her anti-bullying message to Claymont Elementary School in St. Louis. Photo credit: the Sider Family
Lizzie Sider stands up to bullying in her “Butterfly” video: http://youtu.be/KJuu1hKo-u8
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
I AM HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE that starting in October (National Bullying Prevention Month), I will once again take my “Nobody Has The Power to Ruin Your Day” Bully Prevention Tour to schools across the country!
My tour will begin in New York City from October 6-15.
See SHOWS for my tour schedule. Assemblies will be added as they are confirmed.