Anti-Bullying Activist and Singer Lizzie Sider to Perform at The Metropolitan Room (Broadway World)
Published by Broadway World
Oct. 19, 2017
Article by BWW News Desk
Born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida, Lizzie Sider is an American singer/songwriter, recording artist, actress, dancer, and Founder of the bully prevention non-profit organization, "Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day."
"Lizzie Sider & Friends" is set for The Metropolitan Room on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Visit metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=268086for more information.
At the age of 13, Lizzie took her guitar and her dream (and her parents, of course) to the famed Music City, and embarked on a journey to make her vision a reality. Climbing fast, that same year, Lizzie wrote with renowned artist and songwriter Jamie O'Neal, lyricist Lisa Drew (Martina McBride, Emerson Drive) and Jimmy Murphy. Together, they knocked out an upbeat, driving single called "Butterfly," which grew some wings of its own. In 2011, "Butterfly" was released as Lizzie's debut single, gaining significant radio play and charting in the Top 40 on the Music Row Country Chart. It's behind-the-scenes, in-studio music video for "Butterfly" has received over one million views on YouTube.
Lizzie went on to open for Jamie O'Neal, Gloriana and Aaron Tippin, and also to perform multiple songs with Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary) at the Crest Theatre in Delray Beach, FL. She has performed on many Nashville stages, including the infamous Bluebird Cafe, Hard Rock Cafe, Bridgestone Arena, and City Winery. Lizzie has traveled nationally with her music career, for both live performances and television features in shows such as The Queen Latifah Show, Crook & Chase, The Better Show, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, and Hallmark's Home and Family. She has been a guest on popular nationally syndicated radio shows, including the Marilu Henner Show and Fox News Radio. In addition, Lizzie has wholeheartedly given over 20 performances of our national anthem for the Nashville Predators, Miami Marlins, Florida Panthers, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Boston Red Sox.
Unsurprisingly, Lizzie's theatre roots still remain close to her, and the work she does in theatre has so far remained at the place she has known her whole life: the Jackson Hole Playhouse in quaint Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In the 2015 summer season, she played Martha in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," and most recently, she closed out the 2016 summer season as Cat Ballou in the original musical adaptation of "The Ballad of Cat Ballou."
Playing piano has been a major piece of Lizzie since the age of six, so naturally, an easy way to her soul is through the keys. Lizzie's second single, a powerful piano ballad, "I Love You That Much" (music and lyrics by Joe Vulpis), also charted in the Top 40 on the Music Row Chart. Lizzie's music video for the song was directed by the late, legendary director Steven Goldmann (Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Shania Twain) in the beautiful Los Angeles Union Station, and has more than 100K YouTube views. "I Love You That Much" being the exception, Lizzie writes all of her own music, and released a 6-song EP titled "Symphony" in 2015, produced by James Stroud. In 2016, her original song, "Summer Love Song" was featured as the opening track of the Hallmark Original Movie, "A Time To Dance," starring Jennie Garth and Corbin Bernsen.
Lizzie has been named one of CMA Close-Up Magazine's "Artists To Watch" and a "Top 5 Female Country Newcomer." She has also been awarded an HMMA (Hollywood Music in Media Award) for "Butterfly," and the HateBrakers organization honored her work in bully prevention with the Peter Yarrow HateBraker Hero Award.
Advocating for positive causes is a cornerstone in Lizzie's life, both personally and professionally. She is a spokesperson for GWEN (Global Women's Empowerment Network) and PACER (National Bullying Prevention Center), and because she feels an immense connection to young children, she has performed at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House and the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Perhaps Lizzie's most personal endeavor is her work in the bully prevention space. When she was a child in elementary school, Lizzie was bullied by a relentless group of girls in her grade. It would send her to tears every day, and ultimately left her feeling defeated. Her father's phrase of "Nobody has the power to ruin your day" resonated with her so deeply that several years later, in 2013, she decided to embark on her National Bully Prevention School Tour of the same name. Lizzie created her own 30 minute Bully Prevention Assembly, geared towards elementary and middle school children, which tells her personal story and combines positivity, encouragement, music, and a relatable message. She has personally performed at roughly 400 schools nationwide, and continues to present her live assemblies in schools. Her newest project, a free Bully Prevention Video Package, is ever-growing in popularity and as of January 2017, is being used in 3,600 schools, representing about 2.4 million children worldwide. All of Lizzie's bully prevention work goes through Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day, a non-profit organization that she founded in 2014.