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Serena Ryder

Born and raised just outside Peterborough in Millbrook, Ontario, songwriter Serena Ryder grew up listening to old Beatles and Leonard Cohen records that she found in her parents' collection. She started singing publicly as a young child and, having received a guitar from her father, began playing the instrument at the age of 13. Songwriting efforts followed. In 2002, the 18-year-old took several recordings from a live Quebec performance and packaged them into an official demo, which eventually made its way to CBC Radio and got Ryder an invitation to perform on-air. As luck would have it, musician Hawksley Workman happened to hear the broadcast, and immediately contacted the singer at the station to invite her to record an album on his Isadora label. Backed by Workman and two other players, Ryder recorded her debut, Unlikely Emergency, which was released in 2004 and reissued in the U.S. the following year. The album did well enough to earn Ryder a performance slot at the 2005 Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame press conference, after which it was suggested she cover songs written by Canadian musicians. If Your Memory Serves You Well, a collection of 12 covers and three originals, arrived in late 2006. Ryder soon found herself opening shows for Aerosmith and receiving the 2008 Juno Award for Best New Artist, both of which prefaced the release of her sophomore effort, Is It O.K., in November 2008. The album received a stateside release one year later, and Ryder furthered her buzz in the U.S. by duetting with American Idol graduate Jason Castro on his 2010 debut album. For her next album she switched to Capitol Records and began a painstaking process of working on songs, discarding 60 of them before settling on a final batch she and producer Jerrod Bettis decided were right. The results of her hard work first saw light with the release of the "Stompa" single in early 2013, then on the album Harmony, which followed later in the year. ~ Marisa Brown
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Stations Featuring
Serena Ryder

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    New R&B First
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    New Pop First

    New Pop First
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    Female Focus

    Female Focus
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Albums by
Serena Ryder

Top Songs by
Serena Ryder

  1.   Song
  2.   Stompa
  3.   Little Bit of Red
  4.   What I Wouldn't Do
  5.   Killing Time
  6.   Electric Love
  7.   All for Love
  8.   Unlikely Emergency
  9.   Broken Heart Sun
  10.   Blown Like the Wind at Night
  11.   Hiding Place
  12.   Weak in the Knees
  13.   Racing in the Street
  14.   Mary Go Round
  15.   Why Can't I Love You
  16.   Sing Sing
  17.   Got Your Number
  18.   Hey There
  19.   Circle of the Sun
  20.   Brand New Day
  21.   Please, Baby Please
  22.   Fall
  23.   Slow
  24.   What I Wanna Know
  25.   Stumbling Over You
  26.   Sisters of Mercy
  27.   Told You In a Whispered Song
  28.   Again by You
  29.   Nobody But You
  30.   Just Another Day
  31.   The Game Of Life
  32.   Heavy Love
  33.   Call Me
  34.   Ramblin' Man
  35.   Lovesick Blues
  36.   Calling To Say
  37.   Truth
  38.   Is It O.K.
  39.   Brand New Love
  40.   My Heart Cries for You
  41.   Some of These Days
  42.   It Doesn't Matter Anymore
  43.   (Take Me for a Walk in The ) Morning Dew
  44.   Boo Hoo
  45.   Good Morning Starshine
  46.   At Last
  47.   And Some Money Too
  48.   Daydream
  49.   No Air
  50.   You Were on My Mind
  51.   Quand Les Hommes Vivront d'Amour
  52.   Millbrook Fair
  53.   Sweeping the Ashes
  54.   Every Single Day
  55.   Fated To Love
  56.   Baby Come Back
  57.   Melancholy Blue
  58.   Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
  59.   Stay for an Hour
  60.   Coconut Grove
  61.   Skin Crawl
  62.   Dark as the Black
  63.   For You
  64.   the funeral
  65.   White Dress

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