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JPR Live Session: Serena Ryder

Singer/songwriter Serena Ryder has seen it all. The highest highs. The lowest lows. On her new album The Art Of Falling Apart, Ryder addresses her lifelong journey to wellness head-on through a collection of retro-inspired pop.

Ryder first gained attention with her hugely successful albums If Your Memory Serves You Well and Is It O.K. in the mid-aughts. She won a Juno Award for New Artist of the Year in 2008 (plus five more to come later) and achieved international fame with the tune "Stompa.”

Since her teens, Ryder struggled with depression. And the rapid rise and constant pressure of non-stop touring compounded the problem to such a degree that on more than one occasion, she threw in the towel and took some much needed time away to work on her mental health.

On her new album, which was written and recorded in a whirlwind ten days, Ryder faces her past and her present face to face, with a collection of songs that really defy categorization. It's a development she's thrilled with, never feeling like the "pop star" she was made out to be from an early age.

She joined us from her home in Toronto to share some songs from the new album and talk about her continuing journey to wellness.

As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.