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Lizzie Sider Answers Digital Rodeo’s “Inquiring Minds Want to Know” Questions (Digital Rodeo)

LIZZIE SIDER ANSWERS DIGITAL RODEO’S “INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW” QUESTIONS

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.lizzie-sider-slider-504x300

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

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Students Embrace Anti-Bullying Message (Marco Island Sun Times)

Students embrace anti-bullying message
Teen country singer includes Marco in statewide school tour

Mar. 14, 2014

Lizzie Sider, 15, talks about counteracting bullying to students at Tommie Barfield Elementary. / Quentin Roux/marcoislandflorida.com

Written by Quentin Roux
Marco Island News

Naturally, there was music in the air when country singer Lizzie Sider paid a visit to Tommie Barfield Elementary School Friday morning.

But the 15-year-old rising star from Boca Raton also had a serious message for the students. An anti-bullying message.

She brought home the message to the students in song and words, one of which was a spirited rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Why You Gotta Be So Mean.”

Another well-received song was a cover of Selena Gomez’ “Who Says.”

Sider sings ‘Butterfly,’ her song written in response to being bullied. It can be heard on YouTube, and her local rendition on a marcoislandflorida.com video. / Quentin Roux/marcoislandflorida.com

 Sider introduces some serious moments to her motivational talk by describing how she was bullied.

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Sider introduces some serious moments to her motivational talk by describing how she was bullied. / Quentin Roux/marcoislandflorida.com

Sider is becoming well-known for the song “Butterfly,” which she co-wrote to deal with pain as a result of herself being bullied while at elementary school.

“I used to hide and keep inside,” go the lyrics, “but look at me now; finally comin’ out and I’m wanting to fly; they thought they knew me plain and shy, but all along I was a butterfly.

Students, teachers and parents fell silent as Sider told everyone to close their eyes and raise their hands if they’d ever been teased. She specifically used that word, and not the word bullied, but the inference that the former leads to the latter was clear.

The upshot was that about 75 percent of the people in the room indicated being teased at some time.

“It tells you almost all of as at one time have been treated this way,” Sider said.

Her own turnabout occurred when one day on the way to school, her dad proclaimed: “Nobody has the power to ruin your days.”

That led to Sider eventually touring her native state to deliver her anti-bullying message through the medium of singing as well as motivational speaking.

Afterwards, the students’ reactions testified to the power of her presentation.

“I learned that bullying won’t make you feel better, or make you laugh,” wrote Victoria Pruitt back in teacher Cheryl Reinke’s class. “I will apply what I learned because if I ever see anyone getting bullied, or I’m getting bullied, I will make it stop.”

Kayla Charde felt the same way.

“I learned that ‘no-one has the power to ruin your day,’” she wrote in reference to Sider’s dad’s words, “and I will be strong and confident when I get teased.”

A site devoted to the bullying problem that plagues American schools notes that teens in grades 6 through 10 grade are the most likely to be affected.

About 30 percent of students in the United States are regularly involved in bullying either as a victim, bully or both, says the site. Increasingly problematic is cyber-bullying.

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Watch the VIDEO:  Lizzie sings “Who Says” by Selena Gomez at Tommie Barfield Elementary

As part of Lizzie’s assembly, Lizzie and the students sing Selena Gomez‘s “Who Says” and Taylor Swift‘s “Mean“. 

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Lizzie Sider’s Impassioned Bully Prevention Campaign Is Connecting With Kids, Tweens and Teens Across Florida (So Much Moore Media)

LIZZIE SIDER’s Impassioned Bully Prevention Campaign Is
Connecting With Kids, Tweens and Teens Across Florida

NOBODY HAS THE POWER TO RUIN YOUR DAY” Champion Wraps Sunshine
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Lizzie Sider at Crystal Lake Elementary School

Nashville, TN (March 10, 2014) – LIZZIE SIDER‘s impassioned bully prevention campaign, NOBODY HAS THE POWER TO RUIN YOUR DAY, continues to connect with kids, tweens and teens across Florida this month.  During January and February, she visited 65 schools, carrying her message to more than 30,000 students.  As a spokesperson for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, Lizzie is uniquely qualified for her mission: she was teased and ridiculed during her elementary school years.  During these presentations the 15-year-old singer/songwriter tells her story, counsels that “nobody has the power to ruin your day,” and asks kids to work together to prevent the tragedy that is bullying.  The rising star ends each 30 to 40-minute appearance with a performance of her Top 40 Country hit song/video “Butterfly” (a song about Lizzie’s experiences she wrote with Jamie O’Neal), the distribution of awareness bracelets, and a long autograph session.  Including last fall’s 100-school California assembly tour, Lizzie has reached a total of 70,000-plus students with her powerful message.

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Lizzie Sider at Waterstone Charter School in Homestead 

The universal appeal of Sider’s music and the impact of her message have brought the media spotlight to bear on this engaging entertainer.  Lizzie’s popularity has resulted in recent appearances on the  Queen Latifah show,The Daily Buzz Emotional MOJO segment, Fox 35 Orlando and a feature in last week’s issue of Country Weekly magazine, further expanding her reach.

Remaining March Assembly dates include:
3/11 Wesley Chapel Elementary School – Wesley Chapel, FL
3/11 Cypress Elementary – New Port Richey, FL
3/11 Woodland Elementary – Zephyrillis, FL
3/12 Fuguitt Elementary – Largo, FL
3/12 Eisenhower Elementary – Clearwater, FL
3/12 Melrose Elementary – St. Petersburg, FL
3/13 Laurel Oak Elementary – Naples, FL
3/13 Naples Park Elementary – Naples, FL
3/13 Palmetto Elementary – Naples, FL
3/14 Tommie Barfield Elementary – Marco Island, FL
3/14 Gulf Coast Academy Charter South – Naples, FL
3/18 Hobe Sound Elementary (2 assemblies) – Hobe Sound, FL
3/18 Pine Crest – Boca Raton, FL
3/24 Wildwood Middle School – Wildwood, FL
3/24 Lake Panasoffkee Elementary – Lake Panasoffkee, FL
3/25 Webster Elementary School – Webster, FL
3/25 South Sumter Middle School – Webster, FL
3/26 Forest City Elementary School – Altamonte Springs, FL
3/27 Roundlake Elementary School – Mt. Dora, FL
3/27 Bushnell Elementary – Bushnell, FL
3/28 Pine Crest School – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

After a few days’ rest, Lizzie will head to Miami and Marlins Ballpark where, for the seventh consecutive year, she will sing the National Anthem for the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, April 1 during their televised MLB game vs Colorado Rockies.

For complete Assembly Tour details, please visit www.LizzieSider.com.

Read the feedback of thousands of kids who’ve attended one of Lizzie’s assemblies on:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lizziesidermusic

Twitter – https://twitter.com/LizzieSider

See video on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/lizziesider.

To learn more about PACER, please visit http://www.pacer.org/bullying/.

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Sandy Friedman / Rogers & Cowan
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Teen singer with antibullying message inspires Keys students

BY TERRY SCHMIDA
Citizen Staff

“Nobody has the power to ruin your day.”

That was the truth that 15- year-old singer Lizzie Sider brought to hundreds of area students during a tour of county schools on Friday.

The up-and-coming Nashville recording artist brought her musical mes- sage of hope and triumph over adversity to enthusiastic elementary and middle school students at Plantation Key, Horace O’Bryant and Sugarloaf schools. About 250 fourth- through eighth-grade students jammed the cafeteria at Sugarloaf to see Sider, who didn’t let a bout of laryngitis keep her from performing her hit song “Butterfly,” and speaking out on the issue of bullying.

Sider is a South Florida native currently on a 100 school tour of the Sunshine State in support of “Butterfly,” which has already garnered over a million views on YouTube. She recently completed a grueling tour of California schools, and is planning to hit Texas next.

But it was the issue of bullying, wherever it takes place, that was on Sider’s mind Friday, as she danced around the cafeteria with the enthusiasm and professionalism one might expect from a performer twice her age.

During an extended introduction of her now famous song, Sider let down her guard a little and told her story.

“I was teased by the other kids in my grade,” she said solemnly. “They’d call me names, and exclude me from games at recess. They wouldn’t let me sit with them at lunch.”

To cope, Sider said, she began singing to herself.

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PHOTO from Key West Citizen articleWhen the other kids noticed her doing so, they asked her to sing for them. What Sider perceived as an opening for her turned to dashed hopes when her peers mocked her singing voice.

“I used to leave school crying almost every day,” Sider said. “I begged my parents to take me out of school.”

The torture continued from the time she was in kindergar- ten until sometime in fourth grade when Sider had an epiphany.

“One day when I was leaving for school, my dad said to me, ‘Nobody has the power to ruin your day,’” Sider said. “I didn’t get it at first, but eventually it began to sink in. We decide whether somebody can affect us. Once I realized that, things began to change.”

Yellow rubber wristbands emblazoned with the saying were distributed to the students.

Sider then asked the crowd — school staff included — to close their eyes and put up their hands if they had ever been teased or bullied. She then requested they all open their eyes at the same time. A murmur swept through the audience as the near-universality of the issue began to sink in.

Taking another tack, Sider threw out the names of a number of prominent Americans, including singer Taylor Swift, President Obama, and the late Steve Jobs of Apple computers. When Sider asked the students what these famous and successful people all had in common, fourth grader Antonio Doblas called out, “They might have been bullied.”

Sider then asked the group why they thought bullies acted the way they do.

“Because they were bullied themselves,” replied Christopher Rackley, another fourth grader.

Sixth-grade student Reagan Fountain posited that bullies try “to make themselves feel better about themselves” by hurting others.

Victims of this kind of mistreatment should always keep in mind that there’s somebody out there who will listen to their problems, Sider insisted, such as a teacher, a friend, or a family member.

A sea of nodding heads greeted Sider’s inquiry, “Who here really looks up to bullies?”

On the contrary, the singer added, most everybody admires those who stand up to bullies.

“These are the kind of people we should try to emulate,” Sider said.

She then asked how the bullies who tormented Swift, Obama and Jobs probably feel today, now that they’re grown persons themselves.

“Shameful!” came the loud response from one student.

At this point, Sider drafted fourth-grade teacher Linda Diaz to become her “new band leader.” Teachers and school choir singers then launched into “Butterfly” with their voices and an array of musical instruments prompting a Beatlemania-like response from the screaming students. Sider led her min- strels, including Sugarloaf Principal Harry Russell, around the cafeteria, as a group of pupils wearing butterfly wings on their backs, jumped up and down with excitement.

“Look after each other like your own little brother or sister,” Sider said, encouraging the students to step in and help each other out when bully-type situations arise.

She reminded them, however, that the road of life is rocky, and that even as they grow older, they’re likely to encounter other forms of negativity throughout their lives.

“I want to be a professional singer,” Sider said. “Every day I hear people say I can’t do it, that I can’t make it. There will always be people out there who will try to knock you down.”

Sider’s performance drew strong applause from Principal Rusell.

“She has a very powerful message, and the students listen to her because she’s still practically a kid herself,” Russell said. “She’s going to be a big star some day, so the students are lucky to be seeing her now. This is also another example of us doing everything we can to eradicate bullying from our school system.”

Sugarloaf School Counselor Rebecca Palomino, who helped arrange Sider’s visit to the Keys, agreed.

“Her message is positive, powerful and great,” she said. “It really hits home with the kids because she’s so close to them in age.”

Sider donated her time and talent to the 100 schools she will visit in Florida, free of charge.

tschmida@keysnews.com 

A note from Lizzie:  Thank you, The Key West Citizen, for the great article!
View this article online:  http://keysnews.com/node/53553

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Lizzie Sider Performs at Avalon Elementary School

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Country sensation Lizzie Sider, 15, gave an anti-bullying presentation during an assembly at Avalon Elementary School in the Valle Vista Unified School District.


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Last month, Lizzie Sider visited Moreno Valley where she conducted an anti-bullying assembly for the students at Avalon Elementary School. At 15 years old, Sider is an immediate country music sensation. She traveled through the state of California between Oct. 7 and Nov. 26, conducting assemblies to promote anti-bullying. In these weeks, Lizzie reached 89 schools via more than 70 assemblies. The interactive assemblies focus on the importance of individuals taking stances against bullying. Sider also shared her experiences of being teased and ridiculed while in elementary school and what she did to cope with it. Upon the conclusion of the assembly, Sider provided Avalon Elementary staff with discussion questions so staff could follow up with the students about bullying. The assembly at Avalon Elementary School was attended by approximately 380 students from the third, fourth and fifth grades. Sider performed for about 45 minutes and then spent time signing autographs and visiting some of the classrooms. During her performance, Lizzie invited some of the students to sing along with her. Ms. Tammy Roughton, principal of Avalon Elementary School, said, “This assembly really resonated with some of the students. I overheard students telling their parents about the assembly and how some famous people were bullied and overcame the issue and went on to great things.” The theme of the assembly was “Nobody Has the Power to Ruin Your Day.”
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