Serena Ryder (born 8 December 1983 at Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian singer/songwriter and guitarist who grew up in Millbrook, Ontario, Canada. Her best-known albums include Unlikely Emergency and If Your Memory Serves You Well.
Ranging musically between folk, roots, country, and adult contemporary, Ryder possesses a three-octave range. She attended the Integrated Arts Program at Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Peterborough, and took music lessons from Terry Finn at [Finn's House of Music] and performed solo as well as with many of Peterborough's bands as a teenager including Christian band Thousand Foot Krutch and Jive recording artist Three Days Grace who are both also from the Peterborough area.
Her first independent CD, called Falling Out, was released in December 1999 on the Peterborough indie label Mime Radio and included the first songs she had ever written. Damon de Szegheo, producer/ engineer of 'Falling Out' discovered her during a local on stage production of 'Gone With The Wind' where Ryder performed during a set change. Ryder was 15 years old at the time.