REBIRTH IN AMERICA
So Serena emptied her box labeled “folk-rock musician” and filled it up with a little bit of everything. There was only one rule: “Make sure that I did it totally on my own terms.” Producer-songwriters Jerrod Bettis (OneRepublic, Gavin DeGraw) and Jon Levine (Cher Lloyd, Nelly Furtado) joined the project and introduced a whole new way of songwriting to Serena.
“Why haven’t I been doing this forever? It’s so much more fun than sitting down with a person and a guitar asking, ‘So, what kind of person are you?'” she said.
The result is a pop-rock amalgam of tracks like “Call Me” and “Stompa” with soul fringes on “Baby Come Back” and “Fall.” “I feel like there’s a little bit of something for someone on the record,” Serena describes it. “No hardcore thrash, but maybe on the next record.”
Forget the metal, is it too much to ask that she include a TLC cover or two on her next LP? Serena let it slip that not only is she a huge fan of the 90’s girl trio (performing at Mixtape Festival with Serena next month), but she “can spew rap from TLC records very well.” I’d say that’s challenge accepted.
Be sure to check back here all month long for everything Serena Ryder as we follow her through the month of June as our You Oughta Know artist on the rise.