Canada populationwise is a small country, but we have made a large contribution on the music scene. It seems that some we like to keep for ourselves, however. Some musicians are like our own little secrets. Juno Award-winner Serena Ryder falls into that category. She is a young and talented musician who is not very known outside Canada’s borders. Which is alright and doesn’t diminish her talent in the least.
Serena has been writing since she was 11-years-old (she now 30) and it was only when she was given a guitar that she began to realize she could combine the two and make music. Over the course of her career she has learned to play guitar, piano, ukulele, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, bass, clarinet, and drums. She began her career playing cover songs and then began to play her own songs. Her style is wide ranging with influences from R&B, folk, jazz, country, blues, and classical. Serena has cited Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Hank Williams, and Paul Simon as artists who have influenced her sound.
What draws most to her music is her voice. A raspy and slightly nasally voice it is rather flexible as she has a three-range octave. Able to control her voice very well with great pitch recognition and she uses vibrato to her advantage rather than it being grating.
An accomplished live performer, Serena has honed her live skills while touring with or opening for Elton John, Aerosmith, Melissa Etheridge, Steve Earle, David Gray, and Cheap Trick
-Date: March 7, 2013
-Venue: Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca
-Ticket Price: $30.65 (plus handling charges)
-Show Time: 8:00 p.m. (Doors @ 7:00 p.m.)
-Opening Act: Danielle Duval