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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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Stations Featuring
Serena Ryder

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    New Alternative First
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    New Pop First

    New Pop First
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    Female Focus

    Female Focus
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Albums by
Serena Ryder

Top Songs by
Serena Ryder

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

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