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

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