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.
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.
The success of “Butterfly” and other tracks on her EP have led Lizzie to expand an already growing slate of live performances. She has opened for Jamie O’Neal, Aaron Tippin and Gloriana. Lizzie has also been a featured performer at the Ocala, FL and Inverness, FL Rodeos. She has played at writer’s nights at Nashville venues such as Hotel Indigo, The Listening Room, The Red Rooster, and Rooster’s BBQ, and has been a featured artist at the Commodore Lounge. Lizzie performed multiple times at the famed Bluebird Café and played at Teddy Gentry’s (Alabama) 2013 birthday party in Nashville.
In addition, she has sung in the Grand Ballroom at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel at Couture Fashion Week in NYC, and she has been the host of “Breaking Out”, the show on Zuus Country (aka TCN – The Country Network) that showcases up and coming country artists. Lizzie has also performed in 2012 at the Southern Women’s shows in Birmingham, AL, Jacksonville, FL and Orlando, FL, as well as singing the national anthem for numerous professional sports teams, including the L.A. Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles, the Nashville Predators and the Florida Panthers hockey teams. She has worked with performance coach, Tom Jackson, whose clients have included Taylor Swift. Lizzie has been featured on TV on the Queen Latifah Show, Hallmark’s Home and Family Show, and on the premier country music interview TV show, Crook & Chase.
Lizzie has been named by CMA (Country Music Association) Close-Up Magazine as one of the “new artists to watch in 2013″, and for the second straight year, has been awarded her own booth at the annual CMA Fest in Nashville for June 2014, where she will also be performing live on a CMA stage, and at the famed, Bluebird Café.
The original version of “Butterfly” was the title track of Sider’s 2012 debut EP. To reflect the way her voice and vocal style have developed, Lizzie recently re-recorded some of those songs as part of her highly anticipated upcoming full length debut album. The collection features songs both written solely, and co-written, by Lizzie, two of which were produced by Jamie O’Neal, the remainder by Joe Vulpis (who produced Lady Gaga’s early recordings) and mastered by Tom Coyne (whose credits include Taylor Swift’s blockbuster Red). Most of the songs were recorded at Nashville’s Soundstage Studios with members of singer and multiple Grammy nominee, Jason Aldean’s band.
Her first single released from the album, “I Love You That Much” (music and lyrics by Joe Vulpis), also made Top 40 on the Music Row Charts, and has around 100,000 YouTube views. She also recorded a music video for this single, which was filmed in Los Angeles by producer Steven Goldmann (Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, Martina McBride), which has received rave reviews from the industry. Both “Butterfly and “I Love You That Much” are playing on GACtv.com, CMT.com, Zuus Country, and on TNN – The Nashville Network Television Station.
Lizzie has been humbled thus far by fans who have told her personally that she is their inspiration—with one even getting a butterfly tattoo! She also counts among her fans a Tennessee based leukemia patient named Stephanie, who was introduced to Lizzie after Lizzie performed at a songwriter’s showcase at Hotel Indigo in downtown Nashville. Meeting and communicating later on Facebook with Stephanie—who was undergoing treatment at Vanderbilt Hospital–reminded Lizzie of the reason she started making music and her ultimate goal of using it to make a difference in people’s lives.
Along those lines, Lizzie balances life as a high school sophomore and her recording and live performance schedule with numerous charitable endeavors. She is an advocate of empowerment for Global Women’s Empowerment Network (GWEN), sharing her personal story of encouragement with their growing community. GWEN is a non-profit organization that uses cutting edge technology and multimedia programming to raise awareness and funds to support and heal women and children who have suffered abuse of all kinds. Lizzie is also involved with ImBullyFree.com, BullyVille.com, GWEN (Global Women’s Empowerment Network) and has recently become a spokesperson for PACER Teens Against Bullying, as well as a Junior Board Member of The Alliance for Eating Disorders.
Lizzie won a 2013 Hollywood Music in Media Award for “Butterfly,” which she performed live, at the HMMA awards dinner in Hollywood, CA. Lizzie will be receiving a Hatebraker Hero Award on May 19, 2014, in St. Louis, for her leadership role in bully prevention.
Feeling especially connected to the needs of young children, Lizzie has performed at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, The Ronald McDonald House in Nashville, and the Children’s Hospital in L.A. She has also toured the St. Jude’s hospital in Memphis, and hopes to perform for the patients there someday soon. Lizzie was the youngest performer participating in the Cameron Middle School’s DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Literacy and Lyrics Rally in Nashville. Lizzie also enjoys performing for the Girl Scouts, which she has done on numerous occasions.
Lizzie is currently on her rigorous 250 School Bully Prevention Assembly Tour, throughout the U.S., where she has already performed her own one person show assembly, known as “Nobody Has The Power to Ruin Your Day”, at more than 200 elementary and middle schools throughout California, Florida and Texas.
Lizzie has always felt strongly about honoring the men and women in our military, past and present, who have devoted, or given, their lives to keep us safe, and on September 11, 2011, was inspired to write “Thank You”, which is available on iTunes.
Lizzie attributes her lifelong love of country music to her parents, who played the recordings of traditional artists like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, George Strait and others in the house, usually around the time Dad got home from work and Mom was cooking dinner. One of the key elements in her success as a songwriter and performer has been cultivating her passion for musical theater during summers spent at the family’s second home in the small town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. At age five, Lizzie saw her first musical (“Annie Get Your Gun”) at the Jackson Hole Playhouse, the town’s popular community theatre. She sat in the front row and sang out loud as the cast performed. Lizzie went on to work in various capacities at the theater before performing in the pre-show and main show—and participating in the “town shoot-out” that is re-enacted every night in the Town Square. At age nine, she sang the national anthem at the Jackson Hole rodeo.
Like many girls her age, Lizzie’s very first concert was Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana. “I just looked at her up there and saw how she was connecting with the crowd, and all the smiles on the kids’ faces. She was doing what she was meant to do. That’s the way I feel about my own music. 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.”