• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | Serena Ryder, Better Now (ft. Steve Earle)

Better Now verscheen eerder dit jaar (zie onder), maar krijgt nu een nieuwe versie met Steve Earle erbij. Twee verschillende stemmen die elkaar mooi aanvullen in wat je een leuke countrypop ballad zou kunnen noemen. Ideaal voor een gezapige zondagnamiddag.

The Art of Falling Apart verscheen in maart. De 'collaborative edition' ep met 4 nummers ervan verscheen op 16 april.

Luister ook naar: Better Now Kid Gloves


The Art of Falling Apart chronicles my mental wellness journey. For years I tried to walk a path of healing, hoping that one day I would finally arrive. Now, I'm realizing that I'm only either walking towards or away from myself, my truth. Neither good nor bad, both directions lead to wisdom and familiarity with a broader terrain. I've found the beauty in allowing myself to fall apart, and wisdom from sitting in the uncomfortable moments. These are steps I took to find my way back to myself. I have grown so immensely creating this album and am so eager to share and grow alongside you all. You can hear know wherever you listen to music! Singer, songwriter and guitarist Serena Ryder was born on December 8, 1983 in Millbrook, Ontario, Canada. A strikingly pretty brunette with a remarkably deep, soulful and powerful three-octave voice, Serena stems from strong musical roots: Her Canadian mother was a go-go dancer and touring back-up singer while her Trinidadian father was a guitarist and percussionist with the Carribean folk group the Tradewinds. Ryder began singing publicly when she was just a little girl and got her first guitar from her dad at age thirteen. She attended the Integrated Arts Program at Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational Institute and took music lessons from Terry Finn at Finn's House of Music. Serena started out performing solo as a teenager plus performed with the Christian rock band Thousand Foot Krutch and the hard rock alternative group Three Days Grace. Ryder released her first album "Falling Out" on the indie label Mime Radio in 1999. In 2002 she recorded a demo album which led to her playing on the air on CBC Radio. Fellow Canadian musician Hawksley Workman heard the broadcast and was sufficiently impressed enough to ask Serena to record an album on his Isadora record label. The album "Unlikely Emergency" was released in 2005 and received favorable reviews from music critics. Moreover, the poignant song "Just Another Day" got considerable airplay on various Canadian radio stations. Ryder's follow-up album "If Your Memory Serves You Well," a terrific collection of mostly inspired covers of notable songs by Canadian music artists that includes Leonard Cohen's "Sisters of Mercy," Galt MacDermot's "Good Morning Starshine," and Percy Faith's "My Heart Cries for You" as well as three excellent original compositions, was released in November, 2006 and once again garnered highly positive reviews from critics. Serena won the 2008 Juno Award for New Artist of the Year and released the EP CD "Told You in a Whispered Song" on June 19, 2007. This was followed by both the EP CD "Sweeping the Ashes" and the album "Is It O.K." in 2008. The album "Harmony" came out in 2013.