A Heart-Centered Messenger on a Mission
Kathryn Cloward is a messenger on a mission to ripple love, compassion, and unity throughout the world. She is the founder and CEO of Kandon Unlimited, Inc., a heart-centered mindful media company purposeful about creating and producing positive and empowering media for people of all ages. An award-winning author, songwriter and entrepreneur, Kathryn is passionate about leaving a legacy of positivity by providing multigenerational self-empowerment tools of love through storytelling.
Kathryn has earned national praise for her award-winning Kathryn the Grape® Affirmation Series of books and music. 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 IMC 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.
Kathryn has a 20 year track record of being a passionate and results-driven serial-entrepreneur of altruistic endeavors. Notably she built her first company to achieve multi-million-dollar gross annual sales six years in a row, only to see it crumble in the 2008 recession. Rising up from the rubble with focused resilience to fulfill her purpose and live her dreams, Kathryn formed Kandon Unlimited, Inc. to be able to independently publish, produce, and own the rights to her Kathryn the Grape brand. Through the years, the company has expanded it’s publishing division and record label to help independent artists realize their goals and cultivate a more expansive platform for positive and empowering media to be shared with the world.
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 help fund construction of a school and build 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 by writing and releasing impact songs that feature youth performers and funded in part by community support through Kandon Cares. “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.
Kathryn has been recognized throughout her career for inspirational and purposeful endeavors including being honored in 2010 with San Diego Metro’s Top 40 Under 40 Award and Speak for Success’ Women Changing the World Inspirational Woman Award, and in 2018 she received the Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Leadership Award.
Kathryn live in San Diego and enjoys going for long walks, spending time with her family and friends, and adventuring with her son, Landon.