Country Singer Lizzie Sider Delivers Hope & Anti-Bullying Message to 100,000 School Kids (HNGN.com)
HNGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Country Singer Lizzie Sider Delivers Hope & Anti-Bullying Message to 100,000 School Kids (HNGN.com)
Published by HNGN.com
Nov. 13, 2014
Written by Staff Reporter
Country music newcomer Lizzie Sider is on a mission.
The 16-year-old singer/songwriter - who was bullied and teased relentlessly when she was younger - is carrying her powerful, anti-bullying message of hope and empowerment to school kids all across America.
She's using a song she wrote, "Butterfly," as part of an interactive assembly program to reach elementary and middle school students. In just one school year, she appeared at 250 schools and touched the lives of more than 100,000 children.
This week (Nov. 14-Nov. 21), Sider has taken her "Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day Bully Prevention Assembly Tour" to schools in the Washington, D.C., area. In October, she was in New York City with her motivational program, and before that, she appeared at hundreds of schools in California, Florida and Texas.
Sider has been featured on "Entertainment Tonight," "Access Hollywood," "Billboard," "The Queen Latifah Show," "Hallmark's Home & Family," "The Better Show," "TIME for Kids," "Nashville's Crook & Chase" and "Emotional Mojo." She was also named by the Country Music Association as an "Artist to Watch in 2013."
Splitting her time between her home in Boca Raton, Florida, and the country music industry in Nashville, Tennessee, Sider recently participated in her second CMA Fest week, with her own booth and live performances. Both "Butterfly" and the singer's follow-up single, "I Love You That Much," charted in the Top 40 on the Music Row Country Chart. She's opened for Gloriana, Jamie O'Neal and Aaron Tippin.
Sider is currently working on an EP of new material for release in early 2015. The EP is being produced by award-winning James Stroud, who has generated more than 130 career No. 1 hit singles for a wide range of musical artists.
HNGN caught up with the teenage singer and active anti-bullying ambassador for an exclusive interview as she waited to board a plane in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She candidly talked about the bullying she endured, how that experience changed her life in unexpected ways, what she does in her highly-successful assembly program and how she used her negative experiences to write her uplifting song "Butterfly."
"The bullying I experienced happened from kindergarten to the fourth grade. It was all verbal and emotional. It had a huge impact on me. There was a lot of ridicule that would go on during the day. I would come home crying almost every single day. My parents were always so supportive. My mom would pick me up from school and there in the car we would talk about my day. She would express her love. My dad would do the same. I'm the luckiest girl in the world to have both of them."
"You know, I was a totally happy kid outside of school. But when I was in school, I didn't always feel that I could be myself. Yes, I had my group of friends and I really didn't have problems with the guys too much. It was really just with a group of girls."
"One of the things that would happen is that I love to sing. So, I would be walking around the playground and I would be singing. And this group of girls would come up and say, 'Oh, Lizzie, could you sing a song for us?' I'd think they're really being nice to me this time and I really do love to sing. So, I'd start singing for them, but they would laugh at me and run away."