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Music Review: Serena Ryder - Utopia

Music Review: Serena Ryder - Utopia
Ryder’s breakthrough came with 2012’s Harmony, which featured two massive hits: the snappy love song “What I Wouldn’t Do” and the thunderous rock anthem “Stompa.” That album was forged out of a romantic breakup—as was this powerful followup. The Canadian star is now in a happy relationship with Trews frontman Colin MacDonald, who is now her fiancé. And her new album reflects those diverse emotional states. “Making [Utopia] has taken me to dark places, light places and places in the middle,” says Serena. “It’s my goal in life to find some kind o...
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Blog post: Listen to This - Serena Ryder

Blog post: Listen to This - Serena Ryder
Serena Ryder's got our number. It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the Juno-winning artist from tiny Millbrook, Ont., who’s won the hearts of Canadian fans with her big, bluesy voice and anthemic songs. Now, the “Stompa (What I Wouldn't Do)” singer is back with a stirring, gospel-inflected rock number that seems certain to get listeners clapping their hands and stomping their feet all over again. Listen: Serena Ryder - Got Your Number
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Serena Ryder - Harmony

serenaEven as a teenager, Serena was grabbing attention with her stunning voice and mature songs. Now 28, the three-time Juno winner continues to impress with her fifth album, which explores new sonic territory on robust numbers such as the beat-heavy “Stompa.” Meanwhile, her voice soars on tracks like the romantic “What I Wouldn’t Do.”
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