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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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Stations Featuring
Serena Ryder

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    New Pop First
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    Female Focus

    Female Focus
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Albums by
Serena Ryder

Top Songs by
Serena Ryder

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

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