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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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Serena Ryder

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Serena Ryder

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

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