Up-and-coming Atlantic Records recording artist Serena Ryder — a Canadian born singer/songwriter and Juno award winner — performs two gigs in Charleston this Tuesday, Feb. 17. She warms up with a free in-store set at Monster Movies & Music (946 Orleans Road) at 5 p.m. before heading over to Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ (1205 Ashley River Road) for an early evening show starting around 8 p.m. Ryder shares the bill at Home Team BBQ with Orlando-to-Charleston singer/songwriter Matt Mackelcan, who plays a later set.
The young songwriter on tour behind a new full-length U.S, release titled Is It O.K. and an EP called Sweeping the Ashes. Both demonstrate her deep vocal range, emotive delivery, and unusually rapid vibrato.
“I think with this album I’ve just started to write good songs — songs that connect with people by relating my own contradictions to them,” she says. “I’m realizing more and more that I’m not on a one-way street or even a two-way street. It’s a street with an insane amount of twists and turns, and not everybody on it feels the same thing as you. I’m feeling a lot more on this music than I ever have before. I’m feeling the cold a lot colder and the heat a lot hotter. It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time, because it’s opening my windows a lot wider to the world.”