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
Home » Lizzie Sider » Lizzie Sider Announces “No One Has The Power To Ruin Your Day” Tour (@LizzieSider) Lizzie Sider Announces “No One Has The Power To Ruin Your Day” Tour (@LizzieSider) Posted By CelebSecrets4U on Jan 24, 2014 in Lizzie Sider Juliet Schroder for CelebSecrets4U LIZZIE SIDER, 15-year old emerging country artist, is continuing her tour of elementary and middle schools, […]Continue reading
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LIZZIE SIDER, 15-year old emerging country artist, performed her self-penned song, “Butterfly,” on The Queen Latifah Show earlier this week (Tuesday, October 8 –http://queenlatifah.com/loving/lizzie-sider-heads-out-on-anti-bullying-tour). The appearance coincides with the launch of her bullying prevention assembly tour. As a spokesperson for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in relation to October’s National Bullying Prevention Month, which was launched by PACER in 2006, Sider announced the launch of an over 80-school tour to speak to students throughout the state of California. Visiting Elementary and Middle Schools, and performing “Butterfly,” Sider will conduct more than 70 assemblies during the tour, often meeting with students from multiple schools a day. The tour began on October 7 at in the northwest part of the state and will end on November 26 in California’s southeastern desert.
During the assemblies, Sider will encourage kids to help prevent bullying as she recounts her own personal journey as a young student who was teased. She will also perform her original song “Butterfly,” which Sider co-wrote about her experience and how she overcame the teasing. Sider’s goal is to help kids as a positive role model, having risen above her own ridicule, to pursue a career in music.
Says Julie Hertzog, the Director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center: “Butterfly is a song that helps young people realize that we all have potential and something important to offer.”
Sider has been interviewed by Access Hollywood, Billboard, Hallmark’s Home & Family show, TIME for Kids, Nashville’s Crook & Chase, and was named by the Country Music Association as an “Artist to Watch in 2013.” Sider, who splits her time between Boca Raton, FL and Nashville, TN, recently participated in her first CMA Fest week with her own booth and with a live performance at the famed country music venue, the Wildhorse Saloon. Both “Butterfly” and Sider’s follow-up single, “I Love You That Much,” charted in the Top 40 on Music Row. The video for “I Love You That Much” was directed by award-winning Steven Goldmann, whose past credits include Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Shania Twain. Sider is currently working on her first full-length studio album for release in 2014.
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages, and educates communities nationwide to prevent bullying through the use of creative, interactive resources. PACER offers educators, students, families, and individuals the tools they need to address bullying in schools, the community, and online. Through her partnership with PACER, Lizzie has shared her song and reflection questions that are posted at PACER.org/bullying as resources that can be used in the classroom to creatively explore the issues around bullying.
For complete Assembly Tour details, please visit www.LizzieSider.com.
To learn more about PACER, please visit http://www.pacer.org/bullying/.
A New Country Star
TFK catches up with a rising star, musician Lizzie Sider
Lizzie Sider, 15, loves to perform on the big stage and hopes to become a role model and inspiration to others.
Lizzie Sider, 15, is a triple threat: she plays keyboard and guitar, and she sings. But the young country singer is anything but threatening: her music carries a message of hope for kids who have been bullied. Lizzie has just been included on the Country Music Association’s list of Who’s New to Watch in 2013. She came by the TFK office to talk about her growing musical career, charity work, and dreams for the future.
How did your musical career begin?
When I was a toddler, I would line up the stuffed animals in my bedroom and perform for them. Performing has always been in my heart. I am from south Florida, but I spent my summers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I think that’s where I get my country influences. When I was five years old, I saw my very first musical theater production there. The next summer I started in the children’s theater program. I went on from there to sing national anthems for sporting teams. My first was for the Red Sox at Fenway, when I was 9, and since then I have sung for the Florida Panthers, Miami Marlins, and LA Dodgers.
Did you ever want to be an actress?
For a time, I did think I might want to do musical theater, but country has always been in my soul. I began playing the piano when I was six, and then picked up the guitar a few years ago, so I moved more in the direction of a performance artist. But I would love to do both. Actually, I’d love to work in all areas of the entertainment industry!
How did you learn how to play guitar and piano?
When I was around three years old, I would sit at my piano and play notes I thought sounded good together. At age six, I began formal lessons. In the beginning it was hard for my parents to get me to practice, but as the years went on, they couldn’t take me away form the piano. It’s become a comfortable place for me, and kind of my sanctuary. I have been playing guitar for a couple of years now, and I just started learning how to play the fiddle, which is really fun.
Who are your musical inspirations?
My parents have always taught me to have well-rounded taste in music. Growing up, we listened to Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and George Strait. I’ve always gotten inspiration not just from country artists, but different types of singers, too. I love Foreigner, The Monkeys, and Leona Lewis. Some of my current inspiration is Kelly Clarkson, Eva Cassidy, and Faith Hill. I love so many different artists, and all of them are a part of me.
Your debut single was called “Butterfly.” What was the inspiration for that song?
It is about my experience being teased in elementary school. During those years I would come home crying almost every single day. It was a really hard time for me. One day before I left for school, my dad told me that nobody has the power to ruin your day. That was really life changing for me, because I learned how to rise above situations where people tried to put me down. I want “Butterfly” to inspire others who have been teased or knocked down, to help them feel free like a butterfly.
Does your album have a theme?
All eight songs I either solely wrote or co-wrote. I love taking from personal experiences, which makes my songs so much fun to perform. I keep a binder of all the songs I’ve written. It’s fun to look back on.
You’ve been included in the Country Music Association’s list: Who’s New to Watch in 2013. How does that feel?
It’s really cool to be mentioned by such a high authority, especially in Nashville [Tennessee] where there are so many talented artists and people trying to make it doing the same thing I am. It’s a great accomplishment and an honor.
Is there anyone you would like to do a duet with?
I have always dreamed of doing a duet with Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum. I find his voice and stage presence really incredible.
Earlier this year, you paid a visit to St. Jude’s Children Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. What other sort of charity work have you done?
I am part of a few organizations. One is called GWEN: Global Women’s Empowerment Network. It helps victims of mental and physical abuse. I am also involved with a group called I’m Bully Free. I want to help kids who have been teased like I once was, using the same themes in my song “Butterfly.” What I truly want to do with my career is to inspire, be a positive role model, and reach as many people as I can.