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Serena Ryder — Is It O.K. (2008)

 Serena Ryder — Is It O.K. (2008)

Serena Ryder — Is It O.K.
Birth name: Serena Lauren Ryder
Born:  December 8, 1982, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Origin: Peterborough, Ontario,
Location: Millbrook/Peterborough ~ Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, harmonica
Album release: 2008
Record Label: Atlantic Records/Capitol Records/Universal Music Group
Duration:     51:08
Tracks:
01. Sweeping The Ashes     (4:44)
02. Little Bit Of Red (Dave Bassett / Serena Ryder) (3:32)
03. Brand New Love     (3:54)
04. Hiding Place     (4:02)
05. Blown Like The Wind At Night     (3:43)
06. All For Love (John Alagia / Steve McEwan / Serena Ryder) (3:58)
07. Weak In The Knees     (3:43)
08. Stumbling Over You (Mikal Blue / Serena Ryder) (3:35)
09. Why Can't I Love You (Brian Howes / Serena Ryder) (3:53)
10. Truth     (3:45)
11. Is It O.K. (Mikal Blue / Serena Ryder) (3:47)
12. What I Wanna Know (Jim Duguid / Serena Ryder) (3:53)
13. Dark As The Black     (4:38)
14 [CD-Rom Track] [Multimedia] 
CREDITS:
John Alagia  Composer, Guitars (Ac.+El.), Mixing, Percussion, Producer, Vocals (Bcgr)
Dave Bassett  Composer
David Lee Bassett  Guitar (Acoustic)
Mikal Blue  Composer
Matt Chamberlain  Drums, Loops, Percussion
Michael Chaves  Guitar (Electric), Soloist
Brian Conrad  Assistant 
Jim Duguid  Composer
Rachelle Dupéré  Art Direction
Mark Goldenberg  Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Soloist
David Harrigan  Design
Brian Howes  Composer
Sean Hurley  Bass
Ted Jensen  Mastering
Steve McEwan  Composer
Zac Rae  Glockenspiel, Hammond B3, Keys, Marxophone, Piano, Synthesizer
Mary Rozzi  Photography
Serena Ryder  Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals
Brandy St. John  Stylist
Brian Scheuble  Engineer, Mixing
Lyle Workman  Banjo, Guitar (12 String), Guitar (Electric Baritone), Mandolin
Yuan Wu  Design
Awards: Billboard Albums:
Year / Album / Chart / Peak
2009 Is It O.K Top Heatseekers     #1
2008 Is It O.K. Top Canadian Albums     #22
Description:
Serena Lauren Ryder  is a Juno Award-winning Canadian artist.
Born in Toronto, she grew up in Millbrook, Ontario. Ryder gained national recognition with her ballad Weak in the Knees in 2007. "I'd been writing a lot since I was maybe 11 years old," Ryder says. "I wasn't doing diary entries; I needed to express something a little deeper than that, which I couldn't express in conversation. And I'd been singing since I was a little kid, doing cover songs at gigs. But when I got my guitar, a whole other world opened up to me. I realized I could put the poetry I was writing to song and bring two very separate things together."
Musical Style:
She ranges musically between folk, roots, country, and adult contemporary music. An accomplished musician, Ryder can play the following musical instruments: guitar, piano, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, banjo, clarinet, drums, bass.
Voice and Timbre:
According to various sources, Ryder possesses a three-octave vocal range. Ryder is considered a mezzo-soprano. Her timbre has been described as slightly nasal with a raspy lower register. Ryder is often praised for her technical virtuosity. She hits notes in full voice, with a controlled vibrato and an incredible conception of pitch. Ryder has a good-sized arsenal of technical skills. She "delivers in a commanding, often melismatic style that enchants".
Reviews compared her to "the teenaged Aretha Franklin" (Elle), noting her "impressive fearlessness" (Boston Globe), lauding her "pipes, presence [and] potential" (No Depression), and observing that "Ryder brings a range and vocal maturity of someone twice her age" (American Songwriter).
~ Review by Tomas Mureika (Editor rating: ****)
Serena Ryder's third album sounds less like Alanis Morissette than her previous releases. A stirring combination of folk and rock, "Is It O.K." is a solid listen from start to finish, with highlights including "Sweeping the Ashes," "Brand New Love," and the Canadian hit singles "Weak in the Knees" (which actually does sound like Alanis) and "Little Bit of Red." With this release, Ryder shows she has the chops to make it with the best of them -- "Is It O.K." won a Juno Award for Best Adult Contemporary Album in 2009 -- and the talent to fit nicely in with the cream of the crop of the Canadian music scene. It also shows her as being one step closer to breaking through to the elusive American market, which this album proves she is very capable of doing. Ryder takes the rough approach she gave to folk on "If Your Memory Serves You Well" and the indie cred from her debut album, Unlikely Emergency, and whips up a sonic delicacy. A formidable talent.
Website: http://serenaryder.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/serenaryder#!
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SerenaRyder
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SerenaRyder
General director: Sandy Pandya & Michael Gorman, Pandyamonium Management info@pandyamonium.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/serenaryder
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/serenaryder
Press contact: Mima Agozzino mima.agozzino@umusic.com
Agent: Julien Paquin, Paquin Entertainment Group
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Awards & Nominations:
2013, Juno Award, Adult Alternative Album of the Year, Harmony, Nomination
2013, Juno Award, Single of the Year, Stompa, Nomination
2008, Juno Award, Best New Artist of the Year, EMI Canada
2009, Juno Award, Adult Alternative Album of the Year, Is it O.K.
2009, Juno Award, Artist of the Year, Nomination
2010, Juno Award, Video of the Year, A Little Bit of Red, EMI
Top 10 hit at Triple A radio in the U.S. with Little Bit of Red
Gold certification in Canada for “If Your Memory Serves You Well”, “Is It O.K.” and “Weak in the Knees”
2013, Gold certification in Canada for “Harmony”
2013, Platinum certification in Canada for “Stompa”
Discography:
Albums:
Falling Out (1999)
Serena Ryder Live (2002)
Unlikely Emergency (2004)
If Your Memory Serves You Well (2006)
Is It O.K. (2008)
Harmony (2012)
EPs:
Serena (1999)
A Day At the Studio (2002)
Told You in a Whispered Song (2007)
Sweeping The Ashes (2008)
Serena Ryder & the Beauties 12" Vinyl (2011)
Live Albums:

Live at The Market Hall (2002)
Serena Ryder Live (2003)
Live in Oz (2005)
Live in South Carolina (2011)


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