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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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Serena Ryder

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Albums by
Serena Ryder

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Serena Ryder

  1.   Song
  2.   Stompa
  3.   Little Bit of Red
  4.   What I Wouldn't Do
  5.   Fall
  6.   All for Love
  7.   The Game Of Life
  8.   Got Your Number
  9.   For You
  10.   Sing Sing
  11.   Millbrook Fair
  12.   Melancholy Blue
  13.   Every Single Day
  14.   Fated To Love
  15.   Hey There
  16.   White Dress
  17.   Baby Come Back
  18.   Call Me
  19.   Slow
  20.   Racing in the Street
  21.   Broken Heart Sun
  22.   What I Wanna Know
  23.   Brand New Love
  24.   Blown Like the Wind at Night
  25.   My Heart Cries for You
  26.   Weak in the Knees
  27.   Unlikely Emergency
  28.   And Some Money Too
  29.   Just Another Day
  30.   Together We Are One (Official Cbc / Toronto 2015 Pan Am Theme)
  31.   Circle of the Sun
  32.   Brand New Day
  33.   Mary Go Round
  34.   Heavy Love
  35.   Please, Baby Please
  36.   Ramblin' Man
  37.   Lovesick Blues
  38.   Calling To Say
  39.   Truth
  40.   Dark as the Black
  41.   Hiding Place
  42.   Told You In a Whispered Song
  43.   Sisters of Mercy
  44.   Some of These Days
  45.   Quand Les Hommes Vivront d'Amour
  46.   It Doesn't Matter Anymore
  47.   Boo Hoo
  48.   Coconut Grove
  49.   Good Morning Starshine
  50.   Again by You
  51.   Skin Crawl
  52.   Daydream
  53.   Stay for an Hour
  54.   Why Can't I Love You
  55.   Out of the Blue
  56.   Stumbling Over You
  57.   (Take Me for a Walk in The ) Morning Dew
  58.   the funeral
  59.   Nobody But You
  60.   At Last
  61.   No Air
  62.   You Were on My Mind
  63.   This Wheel's on Fire
  64.   Sweeping the Ashes
  65.   Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
  66.   Is It O.K.
  67.   Illegal Smile
  68.   Winter Waltz
  69.   All Up to You
  70.   [CD-Rom Track]

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