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Anti-bullying country pop star to perform in Lewisville (Journal West)

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Thanks Jenny for this awesome article! SO pumped for North Carolina!!! #NHTPTRYD #Butterfly #schooltour #ontheroadagain

Anti-bullying country pop star to perform in Lewisville

By Jenny Drabble Winston-Salem Journal

April 18, 2017

Photo by Warren Starks. Lizzie seen here with students in Chico, CA. She will perform at an anti-bullying rally in Lewisville.

When Lizzie Sider was in elementary school, she was bullied relentlessly and came home crying almost every day.

Now a country pop star, the 18-year-old is sharing her story through music in the hopes of ending bullying for good.

“It was really hard, but ultimately it was the words of my dad telling me ‘Nobody has the power to get you down’ that got me through it,” she said. “I wanted to spread that message to others.”

The Florida-born recording artist is the founder of an anti-bullying campaign, “Nobody Has the Power to Ruin Your Day,” and has traveled to more than 350 schools around the country to spread the message.

The 18-year-old will venture to elementary schools in Yadkin County April 26 to speak about bullying before headlining an evening concert at Shallowford Square in Lewisville.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m.

“I’m really pumped to come to North Carolina,” Sider said. “It’s been such an eye-opening experience to travel to different areas and perform and talk to the kids.”

Andy Lester-Niles, principal at Vienna Elementary School, said a former colleague of his helped facilitate the concert in Lewisville, and he’s excited to see the community come together.

“My first thought was, ‘Wow, this is awesome,’” he said. “She has a great message, and I think it will be a very fun family-friendly concert.”

Sider’s anti-bullying message is parallel to the one they use at Vienna, Lester-Niles said, and as a father, her platform is one that hits home.

“One thing I really like about her is empowerment for girls and realizing phrases like ‘hit like a girl’ or ‘run like a girl’ are a positive,” Lester-Niles said. “This event really is a win-win.”

Sider performed in her first musical when she was 6 and has been singing and playing the piano ever since. About 8 years ago, she picked up guitar, which she plays in several of her songs.

A songwriter since the age of 9, Sider said she used music as an outlet for the pain of being bullied. In 2011, “Butterfly” was released as her debut single, climbing into the Top 40 on the Music Row Country Chart with more than 1 million YouTube views.

“In a way, we’re all butterflies,” she said. “No matter what we go through, we really do have those wings and colors and unique parts about us just waiting to be released that can set us free.”

The “I Love You That Much” singer has performed concerts across the country and opened for many singers, including American country group Gloriana and Australian country singer Jamie O’Neal.

Sider has sung the national anthem for teams such as the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles and has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, The Queen Latifah Show and Fox & Friends.

She was also named one of CMA Close-Up Magazine’s “Artists To Watch” and a “Top 5 Female Country Newcomer.”

But Sider said what brings her most joy is using her passion for music to help others.

“Music is such a unique angle to attack (bullying) from,” she said. “It’s such a powerful way to connect with people, and it keeps it interactive and fun.”

In 2013, the Florida native kicked off her anti-bullying campaign with a two-month stint in California, sharing her story at more than 80 schools.

Sider created a DVD and workbook for bullying prevention — both of which are distributed for free to elementary and middle schools — that have reached more than 2 million students.

Sider said her parents have been her biggest inspiration and supported her in her journey to help mold future generations.

“My parents have taught me you can’t control what anybody else does or says, but you can control how you internalize it,” she said. “I really hope the kids come away with positivity and encouragement that they’re not alone.”

jdrabble@wsjournal.com (336) 727-7204



Second Annual HateBraker Heroes Awards Ceremony on Monday (KSDK.com)

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Second annual HateBraker Heroes Awards Ceremony on Monday

Allison Sylte, KSDK  6:27 p.m. CDT May 14, 2014

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – Four people who have overcome immense adversity are being honored this year at the second annual HateBraker Heroes Awards.

The awards are scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel. HateBrakers is a nonprofit dedicated to ending hate.

Watch the VIDEO, KSDK’s interview of Susan Balk, by clicking on this link:  http://www.ksdk.com/story/life/2014/05/14/hatebraker-heroes-awards-monday-lizzie-sider-morgan-keenan-lenore-pepper/9100725/

The HateBraker heroes are:

Lizzie Sider, named by the Country Music Association “Who to Watch” in 2013 will receive the Peter Yarrow HateBraker Hero Award. She always loved to sing but mean girls used to ask her to sing and then laugh at her and run away. One day she stopped crying and found her power in words and music. Today her Bullying Prevention Tour, comforting kids of all ages who have been teased or bullied, has taken her to California and Florida already reaching over 70,000 kids through live assemblies. Her first St. Louis assembly tour will be held in May.

Morgan Keenan was a teenager when he first was outed and his parents then shunned him from the family. At sixteen, Morgan’s challenges included keeping a roof over his head and finishing his Algebra homework. He went on to finish high school and college through scholarships and hard work, Two years ago he founded Missouri GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) Network, which is a network of high school clubs in Missouri working to empower student leaders to fight homophobia and transphobia in Missouri Schools. Today there are over 45 clubs in the network and Morgan’s focus is developing student leaders who create change and put the brakes on hate in Missouri.

Willie Dyson‘s mother abandoned him when he was six weeks old. He was frail and sickly when the white couple who fostered him was told he would never walk. Through their healing care he not only thrived, he went on to college with a football scholarship. His professional music video “No Color” captures the raw and real story of his struggle and his effort to build social support for inter-racial adoption.

Lenore Pepper, St. Louis icon of wisdom, generosity and business success was six years old when a family in the neighborhood brutally beat her and called her anti-Semitic names. She says she managed to survive such hate “by killing them with kindness. Anything I can do to help make things better, I want to do. Anything.”


Let the TEXAS Tour begin!

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My TEXAS School Tour starts tomorrow!

I am thrilled to bring my bully prevention assembly to 70 schools
throughout the Lone Star state! 

“Nobody Has The Power to Ruin Your Day”

Texas collage wide

Keep up with my full schedule (#SchoolTour plus other events), HERE:  http://lizziesider.com/shows/


Lizzie to Receive the Peter Yarrow Award at the Second Annual HateBrakers Heroes Awards

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I am honored to tell you that I will receive the Peter Yarrow Award at the

Second Annual HateBrakers Heroes Awards

 — Monday, May 19, 2014, Hilton St. Louis Frontenac, St. Louis, MO —


The First Annual St Louis HateBraker Hero Awards was an electrifying experience, and we promise even more on Monday, May 19, 2014, when we’ll spotlight and honor more heroic role models of moral courage, post-traumatic growth, and leadership.

We can’t reveal everything yet, but we can announce that this year’s master of ceremonies will be SUZANNE YATIM ASLAM, last year’s HateBraker Hero and international child advocate.
Among this year’s Heroes:

When LENORE PEPPER, St Louis icon of wisdom, generosity and business success, was six years old a family in the neighborhood brutally beat her, and called her anti-semitic names. How did she manage to survive such hate? “I decided to kill it with kindness,” she explains. “Anything I can do to help make things better, I want to do. Anything.”

The Peter Yarrow Award will be presented to fifteen-year-old LIZZIE SIDER who was named “Who to Watch” in 2013 by the Country Music Association. Lizzie always loved to sing, but mean girls used to ask her to sing for them and then laugh and run away.

One day Lizzie stopped crying and found her power in words and music. She often performs at three schools a day, traveling all over the country, comforting kids of all ages who have been teased and bullied. Her signature song, “Butterfly,” about her transformation from victim to leader made the Top 40 on Nashville’s Music Row Chart.

When MORGAN KEENAN was fifteen, he was kicked out of his house by his parents the same day they learned he was gay. Homeless all through high school, he managed to keep his grades up and played on the high school football team. His strength and leadership continued to flourish in college and graduate school. Today Morgan works with GSA, helping LGBTQA teenagers combat bullying and oppression in their schools and communities.

WILLIE DYSON was left at a hospital when he was six weeks old. When found, he was not expected to live. A white couple foster-parented him and later adopted him, loving him and healing him completely. His professional music video, “No Color,” captures the raw and real story of his own struggle and his effort to build social support for inter-racial adoption.


Would you like to attend this event?

MORE INFO ABOUT HATEBRAKERS, OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS TO THIS EVENT: http://www.hatebrakers.org/meet/2014awardeventinfo



Lizzie is Taking Her Tour to Texas!

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Lizzie is Taking Her Tour to Texas!

As my School Tour winds down in Florida, I reflect on how amazing this experience has been, and all the people I have been blessed to touch with my message,

“Nobody Has The Power to Ruin Your Day” 

the words of wisdom my dad told me, several years ago, as I was leaving for school one day, and which empowered me and changed my life. Little did I (or my family!) know that this would eventually become the theme for a wonderful project that will take me to over 250 schools nationwide, this school year!
Amazing student art at my Lakeside Junior High, Orange Park, FL assembly
Since October, I have conducted 180 assemblies throughout California and Florida. My tour has been wonderfully received by school admins and students alike, and I am honored and excited to announce that we’re taking my school tour to 70 schools in the great state of TEXAS in April and May, this year! 

Read more about my School Assembly Tour.
“I believe our students are forever changed by Lizzie’s performance. The way she expressed her immense amount of integrity, self respect, maturity, self discipline, positive thinking brought tears to my eyes.” – Counselor, California middle school
“As I saw our students jumping up and down, singing and smiling, I had goose bumps all day. One little girl told me that she was going to save her bracelet “for the rest of her life.” “Lizzie is a role model….. so much hope and joy. What is most impressive is how she addresses children and how she remembers names. This is my 30th year in education. The last few days were among my happiest for kids.” – Superintendent, school district in Northern California 
“Hi lizzie you came to my school you are so inspiring to millions of people I’m like your #1 fan I also love your song butterfly I also saw around my school that people stopped bullying just because you came and inspired them so much our school is a better school now because of you thanks so much!!!!! :)” ~ your #1 Fan (FL school, 6th grader)

“Hi, I just wanted to say that when you came to my school i was thinking “why do we need to go to a bully thing”, but when you started to talk and told my school what you went through as a kid i thought to my self, “Wow, she is right. people should not bully.” when you told us how kids bullied you i felt the same way because i just moved to [my school] i was really scared. so when the assembly was over i was really happy that you came to my school because now you have inspired me to stick up to bullies and not let them push someone else around. i hope i turn out to be as nice, beautiful, inspiring, and talented as you” (Student quote)

I’m looking forward to discovering the beauty of TEXAS and it’s people, and continuing to spread my message of empowerment and growth.