Six-time Juno Award winner Serena Ryder has released her new single “Candy” today. The new song is the lead single off Serena Ryder’s upcoming album: The Art of Falling Apart. The 10-track project chronicles Serena’s years of struggle with mental health, and her journey from mental illness to wellness. Serena debuted the track as part of the official Canada Day virtual celebrations, of which she also played co-host. A video for “Candy” featuring Tanya Howard, one of the star dancers of the National Ballet of Canada will follow in the coming weeks. “Candy” is available now on all DSPS here.
Of the new single, Serena says “This song is about being vulnerable and the many layers to being a human on the path to wellness. Candy is an intro to let everyone know that I’m about to show my softer, more vulnerable side with this new record.”
The Art of Falling Apart was written and recorded over just ten days. The track listing allows the listener to follow Serena’s creative process in a truly linear sense. Each song was recorded the day it was written, featuring powerfully raw, unprocessed vocals. “Candy” is the first song on the album, through which Serena begins to open up, unravelling her upbeat, sunny edges to show a softer, more vulnerable side. The album is just a piece of a greater movement for Serena as a leader in mental health and wellness.
The release of “Candy” also marks the first release by ArtHaus Music under its new distribution agreement with Warner Music Canada. Of the new partnership, President of Warner Music Canada says “We are thrilled to welcome ArtHaus Music to the Warner Music Canada team. I’ve long been an admirer of both Serena Ryder and am thrilled to be working with my longtime friend Sandy Pandya.” Founder of ArtHaus Music Sandy Pandya adds “Steve Kane is a genuine music-man, and we are beyond thrilled to work with him and the team at Warner Music Canada in building and fostering the Arthaus Community.”
A longtime health and wellness advocate, Serena has worked with a variety of initiatives, including Bell Let’s Talk, WE Day, Unison Benevolent Fund, and in 2018 won the Margaret Trudeau Mental Health Advocacy Award. She has presented her keynote speech, also named The Art of Falling Apart to audiences across Canada. Recently, she launched The Art of Wellness — a free mindfulness program for artists and creatives. To learn more about The Art of Wellness, click here.
Serena Ryder is one of Canada’s most successful singer-songwriters. In addition to co-hosting the televised JUNO Awards show, she has won 6 Juno Awards including Songwriter of the Year and two for Adult Alternative Album of the year. Serena has also won a Canadian Screen Award for Achievement in Music – Original Song. She has performed as a feature artist on songs by Simon Ward (The Strumbellas), Shawn Hook, Johnny Reid, The Trews and Melissa Etheridge. Serena Ryder was the first Canadian Artist to reach the #1 spot on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 chart. She has performed on an incredibly diverse number of stages, including the Luminato Festival, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the 2014 NBA All Star Game, the 2015 Pan Am Games Closing Ceremony and the 2018 Canadian Country Music Awards broadcast show.