” I Am Beautiful ” is by Anastasia Richardson, the young singer-songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma in the United States. The song was written by Anastasia Richardson and Curt Ryle.
Production for the single was by Curt Ryle. Curt has worked with some of the biggest names in Country music including Taylor Swift, Brooks and Dunn, Trisha Yearwood and Steve Holy. Curt is also the owner of Big Matador Recording in Nashville, Tennessee.
” I Am Beautiful ” is an anti bullying song written at the time when Anastasia was experiencing bullying at the high school she attended. Anastasia said of the experience ” One day in my 8th grade English class as I started to sit down in my assigned seat I saw written on the desk, “Anastasia Richardson is a Big B****,” and other hurtful words about me, which I can’t repeat, it covered the desk top. ”
The bullying continued into the 9th grade and became dangerous when Anastasia was picked for the cheerleading team. To be part of the team each member was required to run 3 miles a day, however after a while Anastasia started to experience over bearing pain in her knees. As a result the cheerleading dance moves became limited. As she practised the tricks that she could do she was again singled out for a campaign of bullying.
An email was sent by Anastasia’s mother to raise concerns with the teacher, the teacher denied any emails had been received and so the bullying continued. Things came to a head when she went on a cheer trip and found herself sharing a room with the bully, it got so bad that she didn’t want to be a cheerleader anymore and felt anxious about even attending school.
Anastasia’s experience changed when her band director invited her to be part of the band. At the varsity game she stood on the side and played clarinet, during the games she’d sit with the band and finally felt included and not excluded. Band friends made her feel welcome and Anastasia had finally found a place to feel happy.
The whole experience inspired her to write and so she sat down with Curt to work on the lyrics which would inspire and help others to stand up to bullying.
In an interview with A.V.A Live Radio host Jacqueline Jax about ” I Am Beautiful “, Anastasia explained why she wrote the song ” I wanted to write this song because I didn’t want people to go through what I went through and I wanted to give a chance for victims to use the voice instead of hiding inside. ”
The accompanying music video was filmed on location at Edison High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma with production by Anastasia and Susan Dale. All the cast featured in the video are victims of bullying themselves.
The song crossed over onto three different national digital music charts reaching number 17 on the Independent Artist Chart, 46 on the Hip Hop/R&B Chart and 47 on the Rock Chart.
Anastasia has started a campaign to bring an end to bullying called No Not Me. She has a mission to change the World one song at a time.
If you would like to find out more about bullying and cyber bullying, with free advice and help then visit nobullying.com
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