The 22-yr-old Canadian singing sensation, Serena Ryder, so impressed Missy Higgins with her 3-octave range during a NYE festival in Queensland that Missy invited her to tour the East Coast as a special guest, That was Serena s last visit to our shores. She returns to tour her own shows, with Triple J s Roots and All program, presenting the tour.
After a lifetime of performing, Serena stands poised on the brink of her biggest things. Armed with a riveting stage presence, powerful three-octave range and songs of intense passion, she invites the listener to observe her soul stripped bare.
Belying her 22 years, Ryder has already sung with the likes Bobby "Blue" Bland and Texas legend Jimmy LaFave. She has played festivals in every part of Canada & Australia and appeared in dozens of tiny alternative music clubs in major cities all around the globe. Over the last year, she has toured across Canada, France and Australia, headlining shows and supporting other such compelling artists as Hawksley Workman and Steve Earle. In fact Mr Workman is so impressed by Ryder, rumour has it he may join Serena for this Australian tour as her support act of all things!
Serena has been surrounded by music all her life. She was born into a performing family, where her mother was a touring back-up singer and go-go dancer, while her father was a gigging percussionist and guitar player. Raised in Peterborough, Ontario, she could sing before she could talk and her first gig was an impromptu performance of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" when she was two. At 16, she made her first CDs. Today, UNLIKELY EMERGENCY is her debut International release.
The genesis of Unlikely Emergency goes back to the summer of 2003, when Hawksley Workman invited her to use his schoolhouse studio in Huntsville. Over several weeks she honed the songs and recorded them on her own - playing guitar, drums, bass, harmonica, banjo, and keyboards. Workman was mightily impressed with the results and signed Ryder to his Isadora Records imprint. In early January, he invited her back to the studio and - playing drums, guitars and banjo - produced 10 songs in an intense three days of recording. With Derrick Brady on bass and Todd Lumley on organ, workman was anxious to capture the energy of her live performance and the passion she brings to her songs..
Unlikely Emergency opens and closes - as do her live shows - with a cappella songs that bookend the powerful, deeply felt songs between them. With the exception of one song, her show-stopping version of "At Last," repopularised by Etta James, Serena wrote all ten songs on the album.
To celebrate Serena Ryders headlining Australian tour supported by Triple J s Roots and All, Serena is releasing a 3 tracker featuring a radio edit of Again By You . Soon to be heard on a station near you.