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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 saw light on Harmony, released in late 2012 in Canada and the summer of 2013 in the U.S. It became her highest-charting album to date, reaching number 11 in Canada, and she went on to win Artist and Songwriter of the Year at the 2014 Juno Awards, which she also co-hosted. Behind the single "Got Your Number," she followed it in the spring of 2017 with the more rambunctious Electric Love EP. ~ Marisa Brown
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Stations Featuring
Serena Ryder

    New R&B First

    New R&B First
    1 song

    Female Focus

    Female Focus
    2 songs

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

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