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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

Top Songs by
Serena Ryder

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

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