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

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