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

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