Serena Ryder will be performing at this year’s MMVAs, but before she stomps her way onstage, let’s get to know the singer-songwriter a little better. Here are five things you may not know about her:
1. Where have I heard her music before?
If Serena Ryder’s voice or songs sound familiar, it might be because you’re a fan of one of the shows she’s been featured on. Her songs have been played on shows such as Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Hawaii Five-O. And truthfully, any scene featuring someone strutting down the streets needs to have Stompa playing in the background; it’s strutting music at its best!
2. She was putting out albums when you were a kid.
The 30-year-old singer released her first album, Falling Out, in 1999 and has since put out six albums. Most of us might not have heard of her till recently, but Ryder originally broke through with her 2006 single Weak in the Knees off of the album, If Your Memory Serves You Well.
3. She’s not just musically creative
She sings, she plays instruments and she pens her own songs, but Serena Ryder is also a visual artist. Known to draw, paint, sculpt and compose collages, Ryder has sold some of her paintings for charity, like The Kidney Foundation of Canada. And that’s not the only charitable work she’s done; she also works with a number of other organizations including Young Artists for Haiti, Time for Climate Justice Campaign, Canadian Kidney Foundation, Peterborough MusicFest and Fashion CARES.
4. But speaking of musical creativity…
On the musical side of things, though, Ryder can play almost everything. We often see her strumming on the guitar live, but she can also rock the ukulele, mandolin, piano, harmonica, banjo, clarinet, drums and bass. She can literally be a one-woman band if she wanted to.
5. She suffers from depression
Although her music may sound strong and triumphant, the years leading up to Serena Ryder’s new album, Harmony, were filled with trying times. After three years of non-stop touring, Ryder battled clinical depression and was in and out of the hospital. Thankfully, Ryder fought through the tough moments and prevailed with her best work yet on Harmony. And we’re equally as thankful for her recovery and her inspiring music.