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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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Serena Ryder

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

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