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

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