Fully embracing and embodying the title and theme of her infectious debut single “Butterfly,” Lizzie Sider is rocking out of the gate not only as an immediate country chart sensation, but a role model and inspiration to fans of multiple generations.
Already vibing in Music City’s big leagues just a year and a half after first setting foot in Nashville, the multi-talented, South Florida based 15-year-old singer/songwriter brings a youthful outlook and an exciting edge to contemporary country music. Lizzie wrote the track with renowned artist and songwriter Jamie O’Neal (who has penned hits for Martina McBride and Reba McEntire), lyricist Lisa Drew (Martina McBride, Emerson Drive) and Jimmy Murphy. “Butterfly,” a song about Lizzie’s empowering decision to overcome the teasing and bullying she experienced in elementary school, has received significant airplay nationwide and made the Top 40 on the Music Row Country Chart; its video of Lizzie recording it in O’Neal’s studio with some of Nashville’s top session players has received over ONE MILLION views on YouTube.
I want to be out there, giving people something to enjoy and be an inspiration to them. I’m excited about the all the opportunities that have opened up for me just in the last few years, and feel fortunate to have touched so many lives with my music. I am truly living my dream every day.”
Below read Lizzie Sider’s answers to Digital Rodeo’s “Inquiring Minds Want To Know” questions:
1. In the last year what is the one thing you accomplished that you were surprised by?
Something that I accomplished in this past year that I was surprised by was becoming a role model for the nearly 100,000 kids that I’ve personally touched, hugged, and said hello to on my Bully Prevention School Tour throughout all corners of California, Florida and Texas, and realizing that I’m affecting their lives in a positive way.
2. In the upcoming year what are your top three goals musically that you want to accomplish?
A few goals that I’d like to accomplish musically in the upcoming year: (1) continue to work towards truly finding my sound, (2) continue to expand my vocal range, and (3) improve my fiddle playing. (I just started!)
3. What is your guilty pleasure when you get off a tour?
Definitely Castle on TNT. I am obsessed.
4. What is your current challenge personally you are pushing yourself to achieve?
I always strive to be the best person I can be. That includes work ethic, positive attitude, and staying true to myself no matter what!
5. Who would be your “dream artist” to do an opening act for and why?
I would love to open for Kelly Clarkson. I think she is an outstanding artist and person, and it would be very cool to share a stage with her.
6. Who was your most influential artist in your early years?
I’ve spent every single summer of my life in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and I have grown up listening to the older generation country artists, such as Patsy Cline. I think Patsy was a real influence on me; she, along with others, made me fall in love with country music. At the age of 9, someone told me, after I sang a song, “You’ve got a little twang in your voice.”
7. Do you have hobbies that keep you busy when you are not on the road/in studio?
I love to dance and play tennis. I also love the outdoors, so anything out in nature like biking, hiking, kayaking and exploring makes me happy.
8. What is at the top of your bucket list besides music?
I am a very outdoorsy, adventurous person, so a lot of things on my bucket list are things that involve exploring and traveling. A couple of my top items are: Climb (on) the Haiku Stairs in Oahu, Hawaii, and ride in a hot air balloon.
9. Do you have a “lucky charm” you carry on stage or a routine for good luck you do before you go onstage?
I don’t really have an on-stage lucky charm or a backstage routine that I do, but I like to close my eyes and just relax and breathe before I go on stage. It helps me find my center.
10. What is your favorite comfort food?
Chicken Pot Pie! I don’t eat it a lot, but it’s one of my favorites!
11. Current project you are promoting (SINGLE – TOUR – CD etc.) and what are you most excited about it?
I am currently on a 250 School Bully Prevention Assembly Tour throughout the states of California, Florida and Texas. I share my personal story of being bullied, and there’s lots of positivity and encouragement, music, and discussion. The tour wraps up at the end of May, and it has been such an amazing experience.
For more information on Lizzie Sider please visit:
Website Link www.lizziesider.com
Facebook Link www.facebook.com/lizziesidermusic
Twitter Link www.Twitter.com/lizziesider
Interview by Bev Moser / Pam Stadel for Digital Rodeo