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

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