My Playlist with Serena Ryder
This week on Inside the Music, Serena Ryder shares her favourite tracks on My Playlist.
If you hadn’t heard of Ryder before "Stompa," you certainly have now. Her 2012 single went double platinum as a digital download, and it's turned her from a perennial up-and-comer to a bona fide star.
But, as usual, things didn’t happen overnight. Ryder has been performing since she was just a kid growing up in Millbrook, Ont. When she was about 20, Hawksley Workman heard her big voice on CBC Radio and immediately signed her to his label. One album led to another and, eventually, to her breakout 2005 album, Unlikely Emergency — her first release for a major label, produced by Workman. The next year Ryder released If Your Memory Serves You Well, an album of mostly Canadian cover songs. In 2008 she released Is It O.K., which won the Juno for best adult alternative album. She toured relentlessly, including a stint opening for Melissa Etheridge.
Ryder’s fifth album, 2012's Harmony, was the game-changer. The single "Stompa" quickly charted high in the States and, within days of its release, it was the first Canadian track to hit the number one spot on CBC Radio 2's Top 20 chart. Suddenly, Ryder was everywhere — on late-night American television, singing "O Canada" at an NBA all-stars game and co-hosting the 2014 Junos with the rapper Classified. She won two Junos that year.
Ryder's playlist includes tracks by Gordon Lightfoot, Kevin Drew, Alvvays and Miley Cyrus.
My Playlist airs Sunday at 3:00 p.m. (3:30 NT) and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. (7:30 NT) on CBC Radio 2.