When: Sat., Nov. 9 2013
world reggae and global pop, 8 p.m.
If you haven’t heard Serena Ryder’s latest single “Stompa,” stop what you’re doing right now and queue it up. This big-beat powerhouse is clearly one the most badass songs of the year. If you’re a Bridge 105.5 listener, you clearly know what we’re talking about. Co-written by Grammy-nominated producer Jerrod Bettis, “Stompa” is the perfect combo of soul, sexiness, pop, and good ole rock ‘n’ roll swagger, and it clearly establishes Ryder as a up-and-coming Top 40 voice. Ryder, for one, is pleased with the “Stompa” collab. “I wanted to write a song about the power of music and how it is the strongest medicine,” Ryder says. “No matter how bad of a day you are having, music can speak to you in a way that nothing else can.” Of course, Ryder’s new LP, Harmony, is not all pop-music sturm und drang. The disc also delivers ample amount of nuevo blue-eyed soul, the kind practiced by Adele and the late great Amy Winehouse. “For You” is a classic jazz ballad, the kind that conjures up Billie Holiday and Shirley Bassey, while “Baby Come Back” is a haunting R&B number that aches with longing. Ryder is particularly enamoured with “For You,” which was written by Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado). She says, “When I met up with him while writing the record, this song just finished itself so effortlessly. It’s definitely one of my most favorite songs to perform live at the moment.” —Chris Haire SATURDAY