Serena Ryder

FRESH: ‘Christmas Kisses’ – Serena Ryder

Singer and songwriter Serena Ryder has released her seasonal album and single “Christmas Kisses”.

Six-time Juno Award winner and Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Serena Ryder has released the official music video for “Christmas Kisses” via Serenader Source/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.

Directed by Lisa Mann, the video celebrates the message of Ryder’s original song: how the most important part of the holidays is spending time with loved ones rather than focusing on material gifts. Guest starring in the video – and perfectly capturing how powerful the gift of love is – are several Canadian dog influencers including @hermaninthehood, @lildogbigcity, @owenthegriff, @remsandfriends, and @fortheloveofsmiley.

Ryder also partnered with the Ontario SPCA to feature rescue dogs who are in need of adoption throughout the video. The Ontario SPCA has created a unique “Christmas Kisses” page where donations can be submitted to help care for rescue animals. “Christmas Kisses”, co-written by Serena Ryder and fellow multi-platinum songwriter, Simon Wilcox, is the new original song and title track of Ryder’s first ever holiday album. Produced by Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Ezrin (Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd), Christmas Kisses is currently climbing the Holiday Radio Chart with four of Ryder’s classic covers within the Top 50 and the lead single “Christmas Kisses”, sitting at #3!

On collaborating with Ryder on her first holiday album, Bob Ezrin said, “Serena is so versatile and has such a command of her instrument that anything is possible with her. So, we picked what we thought would be the most elegant approach to Christmas classics – one that shone the brightest light on the songs themselves and on her magnificent voice”.

Christmas Kisses is available now on gold-coloured vinyl, CD, and all digital streaming platforms. Recorded in Toronto, “Christmas Kisses” was a true passion project for Ryder who infused her love of jazz into holiday classics that celebrate the spirit of the holidays. “Jazz music has always been one of my biggest vocal influences” says Ryder. “When I was a young girl, I would spend hours upon hours locked away in my room listening and singing to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simon and Chet Baker. It’s been a dream of mine to be able to sing an entire album in this style – and also a dream to be able to embrace the spirit of Christmas in a genuinely joyful way. I had the time of my life singing these classic songs in the style of my greatest influencers and in the company of my best friends. I hope the world feels the love we all put into this record”.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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