Serena Ryder

Serena Ryder

Canadian singer/songwriter.

Born and raised in Millbrook, Ontario, Canada, just outside Peterborough, Serena Ryder grew up listening to old Beatles and Leonard Cohen records she found in her parents' collection. She started singing publicly as a young child, and at 13, after she received her first guitar courtesy of her father, she began to teach herself to play and a few years later she made her first demo tapes.

In 2002, when she was 18, she recorded some songs from a show she was playing in Quebec into a more official demo, which eventually made its way to CBC Radio and got Ryder an invitation to play live on air. As luck would have it, musician Hawksley Workman happened to hear the broadcast, and immediately contacted the singer at the station and invited 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 give Ryder a spot performing 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, her major-label debut, a collection of 12 covers and three originals, came out in Canada in late 2006, and hit shelves in the States soon after.
-Marisa Brown, All-Music Guide (
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Serena Ryder Discography Tracks


Serena Ryder Unlikely Emergency (Album) Isadora Records France 2004 Sell This Version
Serena Ryder If Your Memory Serves You Well (Album) EMI Music Canada Canada 2006 Sell This Version
Serena Ryder Is It O.K (Album) EMI US 2008 Sell This Version
5099909632622 Serena Ryder Live(CD, Album, Dig) EMI Music Canada 5099909632622 Canada 2011 Sell This Version
Serena Ryder Harmony (Album) Universal Canada 2012 Sell This Version
Serena Ryder Utopia (Album) Universal Music Canada Canada 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MR1203999 Serena Ryder Serena(Cass, EP) Mime Radio MR1203999 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
none Serena Ryder Just Another Day(CD, Single, Promo) Isadora Records none Europe 2004 Sell This Version
2-511261 Serena Ryder Sweeping The Ashes EP(CD, EP) Atlantic 2-511261 US 2004 Sell This Version
5099991788214 Serena Ryder Serena Ryder & The Beauties(12", Ltd) EMI Music Canada 5099991788214 Canada 2010 Sell This Version
509999 34774 2 0 Serena Ryder Stompa(CD, Single, Promo) Capitol Records 509999 34774 2 0 US 2012 Sell This Version
none Serena Ryder Told You In A Whispered Song(CD, Maxi, Promo, Aut) Atlantic none US Unknown Sell This Version


SR812822 Serena Ryder Live(CD) Not On Label SR812822 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
0946 3 90540 2 2 Serena Ryder Introducing... (CD, Promo, Smplr) Back Porch, EMI 0946 3 90540 2 2 US 2007 Sell This Version
none Serena Ryder iTunes Session(6xFile, AAC) Serenader Source Inc. none USA & Canada 2013