Heart-Centered Mindful Messenger of Love
Kathryn Cloward is a messenger on a mission to ripple love, compassion, and unity throughout the world. She has earned national praise for her award-winning Kathryn the Grape® Affirmation Series of books and music. Through her illustrated likeness of Kathryn the Grape, she provides multigenerational self-empowerment tools of love through storytelling. An award-winning author, songwriter and entrepreneur, Kathryn is passionate about creating and sharing heart-centered mindful media with positive and empowering messages for people of all ages to enjoy.
The Kathryn the Grape series was honored with five 2017 Family Choice Awards and five 2017 Mom’s Choice Awards; “I Am Happy Being Me” earned Best Children’s Song of the Year at the 2017 Indie Music Channel Awards; and her book, Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti, was recognized as the 2017 Best Children’s Fiction Book by the San Diego Book Association Awards.
Fulfilling her childhood dream, Kathryn launched into the music industry in 2015 with a double CD release of “Free to Fly” and “A Soft Place to Fall” followed by her second double CD release two years later of “Ripple Love” and “Secret Keeper.” Her prolific songwriting reveals a full spectrum of life experiences that’s relatable to many people from all walks of life. Her song, “I Will Be Going,” earned the Best Americana Song of the Year at the 2017 IMC Awards and she was recognized as Best Americana Artist by IMC’s 2016 Radio Music Awards.
Together with her Kathryn Cloward Band, she enjoys performing in intimate venues as well as large stage shows. Some featured shows include headlining multiple times at the acclaimed Belly Up (Solana Beach, CA); opening for Tiffany at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go (West Hollywood, CA); performing at the legendary Troubadour (West Hollywood, CA); debuting in Arizona at the Mesa Music Festival (Mesa, AZ); opening for Nashville Unplugged (Las Vegas, NV); and rocking out at their hometown San Diego County Fair.
With a consistent track record of being a heart-centered serial-entrepreneur, it was a natural choice for Kathryn to independently publish and produce her media through her company, Kandon Unlimited, Inc. Additionally, she has helped multiple authors reach their goals by mentoring them through the entire book publishing process from unedited manuscript to distributed product. An inspiring and authentic public speaker, Kathryn has been purposeful for over two decades in helping energize others to take action to pursue their dreams and achieve heightened levels of personal and professional greatness. Through her straightforward, animated, and vulnerable approach, Kathryn has an uncanny ability to engage and impact audiences of all ages.
Raised by her parents to always give back, Kathryn has consistently channeled her energy into graciously helping others by donating her time and resources to a variety of non-profit organizations and enrichment programs for youth. For example, in 2005 she created a multi-city 12-mile walk-a-thon called Walk Their Walk that raised more than $60,000 to fund construction of a school and two freshwater wells in Zambia.
In recent years, she has poured her loving energy into helping raise awareness and money for local and national charitable causes through Kandon Cares, mainly by writing and releasing impact songs that feature youth performers. “We Are Champions” supports children braving cancer and their families, and was debuted at Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary’s 2017 Celebration of Champions. “My Name is Divine” supports refugee youth and their families and debuted at Exiled Voices Refugee Art Experience in 2017, a collaborative partnership between Intrepid Theatre Company and SAY San Diego. “Heroes” supports children and adults with MPS, ML, and related diseases, and debuted at the National MPS Society’s International MPS Symposium in 2018.
Having been recognized throughout her career for inspirational and purposeful endeavors, notably Kathryn was honored in 2010 with San Diego Metro’s Top 40 Under 40 Award and Speak for Success’ Women Changing the World Inspirational Woman Award, San Diego Magazine’s Women Who Move the City (2012) and Celebrating Women (2017).
Kathryn live in San Diego and enjoys going for long walks, spending time with her family and friends, and adventuring with her son, Landon.