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

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