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Serena Ryder (born December 8, 1982) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Her musical style encompasses country, pop, folk, and rock.

Ryder was born in Toronto, Ontario. She is the middle child of three girls. Her mother, Barbara, is a teacher, and her father, Robert, is a businessman. She has two older sisters, Leah and Amanda. Ryder began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 13. She was inspired by such artists as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell.

Ryder attended high school in Toronto. She then studied voice at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. After a year at Berklee, she transferred to Humber College in Toronto. She graduated from Humber in 2005 with a degree in Jazz Performance.

Ryder’s career began in 2001, when she released her first album, Falling Into Place. The album was a critical success, but it did not sell well. In 2004, Ryder released her second album, Harmony. The album was a commercial success, selling over 100,000 copies in Canada. It was certified gold in Canada and platinum in the United States.

In 2007, Ryder released her third album, Is It O.K.. The album was another commercial success, selling over 200,000 copies in Canada. It was certified double platinum in Canada and gold in the United States.

In 2009, Ryder released her fourth album, The Promise. The album was another commercial success, selling over 300,000 copies in Canada. It was certified triple platinum in Canada.

In 2012, Ryder released her fifth album, Harmony II. The album was another commercial success, selling over 400,000 copies in Canada. It was certified quadruple platinum in Canada.

In 2015, Ryder released her sixth album, Utopia. The album was another commercial success, selling over 500,000 copies in Canada. It was certified quintuple platinum in Canada.

Ryder has won numerous awards during her career, including three Juno Awards and two SOCAN Awards. She has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards.

Ryder is currently married to fellow musician Ian Melhuish. The couple have two children together: a daughter named Gia and a son named Ryder.

General Info

Full NameSerena Ryder
ProfessionSinger, Guitarist, Songwriter
EducationPeterborough Collegiate
NationalityCanadian

Family

ParentsBarbara Ryder, Andrew McKibbon

Accomplishments

AwardsJuno Award for Artist of the Year, Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year, Juno Award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year, Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Juno Award for Video of the Year, MuchMusic Video Award for Best Rock/Alternative Video, Canadian Screen Award for Best Achiev...
Music GroupsYoung Artists for Haiti
NominationsJuno Award for Album of the Year, Juno Fan Choice Award, Juno Award for Single of the Year, MuchMusic Video Award for Video of the Year, MuchMusic Video Award for Best Director, MuchMusic Video Award for Best Pop Video, MuchMusic Video Award for Best Post-Production, World Music Award for World’s ...
MoviesFlick

Social profile links

Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Strong, deep, soulful voice

Quotes

#Quote
1I believe that every little bit counts and everyone can effect change. I've always connected with kids. I was a nanny for five years. Children really hold the world in their hands without knowing it, but give them the tiniest inspiration and incredible things inevitably happen.
2My fans are awesome. They tend to quite grounded and unique ... I love having time to hear their story. God only knows they hear mine enough!
3I think maybe the reason people are feeling detached from a lot of music that gets played on the radio today is because everyone's trying so hard to be their own island, their own original person. But it's not important what makes you stand out -- what's important is how connected to everything you are. Everyone's trying so hard to do something brand new, something they think people need or want, but really, we don't need anything else.

Movies

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crisis2014TV Series 1 episode
Il était une fois les boys2013performer: "To love somebody"
The Queen Latifah ShowTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 producer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Big Morning Buzz LiveTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 producer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Hawaii Five-0TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2013 producer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
SuitsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 producer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
The Real Housewives of MiamiTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 producer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Franklin & BashTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 producer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Drop Dead DivaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 producer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 producer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Rookie BlueTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 producer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
The 42nd Annual Juno Awards2013TV Special performer: "Stompa" / producer: "Stompa" / writer: "Stompa"
DallasTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 producer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Grey's AnatomyTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2013 producer - 2 episodes, 2013 writer - 2 episodes, 2013
Gossip Girl2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Hour2008TV Series performer - 1 episode
Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows2008TV Movie performer: "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye", "Sisters Of Mercy"
RocKwizTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The TD Music Connection2013TV Mini-Series

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Air2011Short music

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Do You Think I'm a Joke?Documentary filmingHerself
Before We Arrive: The Story of the Weber Brothers2016DocumentaryHerself
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHerself
M3 Countdown2014TV SeriesHerself
43rd Annual JUNO Awards 20142014TV SpecialHerself - Host
Royal Canadian Air Farce2013TV SeriesHerself
The Queen Latifah Show2013TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live2013TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2013TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
The TD Music Connection2013TV Mini-SeriesHerself
2013 MuchMusic Video Awards2013TV SpecialHerself
The 42nd Annual Juno Awards2013TV SpecialHerself
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHerself (2013)
The Hour2008-2011TV SeriesHerself
31st Annual Genie Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Musical Guest
Serena Ryder Set List2011TV MovieThemselves
Rise Up: Canadian Pop Music in the 1980s2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
At the Concert Hall2008TV SeriesHerself - musician
Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows2008TV MovieHerself
RocKwiz2007TV SeriesHerself
SexTV2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Flick2000/IHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CBC News: Toronto2015TV SeriesHerself - Singer

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2014Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CAAchievement in Music - Original SongThe Right Kind of Wrong (2013)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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