11/24/13: Serena Ryder is back, and she's better than ever. Sure, she's already had four albums in the books – and critically acclaimed albums at that. But the Canadian singer-songwriter has found a new bliss… or should we say "Harmony" with the release of her brand new album. On Tuesday, August 27, 2013, Ryder's latest project had its official release. Its first single, the anthemic "Stompa," bounced all the way to the top of the U.S.-based Triple-A airplay chart, and into the Top 10 of the Canadian Hot 100. The success was the catalyst to her U.S. label Capitaol Records to push "Harmony" forward to an October release.
Not many knew at the time, but back when she was promoting her 2008 project, "It's OK.," Ryder's life was anything but. She battled severe clinical depression, leading to a four-year hiatus from the industry. She recently told Billboard magazine she finally realized all she "wanted to do more than anything else was just have a good time and write music for the sake of writing music and sing songs for the sake of singing songs."
Capitol's approach to their new artist (who emigrated from the EMI label) was to treat her like a brand new artist. She's transformed from a folk artist to a pop-rock sound, and will be promoted as such. "Stompa" was pushed to the mainstream pop market, and was licensed for an episode of the ABC series "Grey's Anatomy" and a Cadillac commercial.
Ryder recently wrapped a summer tour with One Republic, and has a solo December run booked in Canada
Serena Ryder Tickets** - The Canadian Dream of Music
Canadian country at its best: Serena Ryder was a secret success and one that no one saw coming. She was born December 8, 1983, and when she first laid her hands on a guitat in her Peterborough home in Millbrook, Ontario, something happened inside her soul. It was a calling to play music. Needless to say, she pursued the dream, and at 18 years of age actually compiled several recordings into her very own demo that made its way to CBC Radio. After garnering some attention -- specifically from a popular musician by the name of Hawksley Workman -- she was offered a contract from Isadora Records to record her first album in the year of 2002.
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Her debut was the phenomenal LP Unlikely Emergency, released in 2004 in Canada and then in the following year reissued in the U.S. The songs were so fresh and beautiful in their style that Ryder earned a spot on the 2005 Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame while working on a collection of covers called If Your Memory Serves You Well, which was released in 2006. After receiving the 2008 Juno Award for Best New Artist, she came out with her official sophomore album called Is It O.K. in November of 2008 and was heralded as an impressive album and worth a shot to immortality in her young career.
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Although many would consider her a country artist, she had elements of punk rocker Avril Lavigne and even a flair of Ashlee Simpson thrown in for taste to better give her that unique style that made her so prominent in Canada. She had tremendous talent -- and still does today. And that's probably one of her best commodities -- in that she'll be around the music industry for an extremely long time.
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