Kathryn Cloward is an award-winning book series author, multi-genre songwriter, producer, and publisher. She’s the founder of Kandon Unlimited, Inc., a heart-centered mindful media company intent on creating and publishing positive and empowering media for people of all ages.
A prolific and purposeful storyteller, Kathryn has written and released seven full-length music albums in six years — four Kathryn Cloward and three Kathryn the Grape — and has written and published 28 Kathryn the Grape books. Expanding beyond her own creative realm, Kathryn writes and produces for others, with notable 2021 releases including a music album for Michelle Hopkins, a teenager with a rare incurable disease, and a memoir on behalf of Father Joe, one of San Diego’s most impactful humble heroes.
Backed by 23 years of visionary risk-taking business experience, Kathryn is a passionate and resilient self-driven serial entrepreneur of altruistic endeavors. She grew her first company to $16 million accumulative gross sales in six years — a result she attributes to fearless cold-calling, relationship building, and strategic problem-solving. When the ripple effect of the 2008/2009 recession severely impacted her clients and then her company, she didn’t give up; she persevered by starting fresh and launching herself into the media market to cultivate her original creative endeavors and fulfill her childhood dreams.
Kathryn’s achievements and inspirational impact have been recognized throughout her career, notably with being honored with San Diego Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Leadership Award and Speak for Success’ Women Changing the World Inspirational Woman Award. She has received over 60 national and regional family media awards for her books and music, including multiple NAPPA Awards, Mom’s Choice Awards, and Family Choice Awards, plus San Diego Book Awards Best Children’s Fiction Book for Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti.
Sharing her music and messages with others is a joyful aspect of Kathryn’s dream fulfillment. She is a sought-after performer for family-friendly concerts and school events as Kathryn the Grape. She’s also performed her award-winning Kathryn Cloward music at some legendary venues, including headlining multiple times at the acclaimed Belly Up (Solana Beach, CA); opening for ‘80s popstar 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 performing at her hometown San Diego County Fair.
Kathryn has consistently channeled her energy into helping others thrive. For decades, she’s been a mentor to other entrepreneurs, a speaker for personal and professional development, and she’s assisted a variety of non-profit organizations and enrichment programs for youth. Following a 2005 charitable trip to remote villages in Zambia, Kathryn was ignited to do more to help children and families in Africa. She founded and energized a multi-city walkathon called “Walk Their Walk” with participants walking 12 miles, representing the distance village children walk every day to attend school. This immersive experience raised over $60,000 to fund two freshwater wells and help fund construction of a new school in Zambia.
In recent years, she’s poured her loving energy into helping raise awareness for local and national charitable causes, notably by writing and producing impact songs that often feature youth performers. “We Are Champions,” supporting children braving cancer and their families, debuted at Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary’s 2017 Celebration of Champions. “My Name is Divine,” supporting refugee youth and their families, debuted at Exiled Voices Refugee Art Experience in 2017. “We Are Heroes,” supporting children and adults with MPS, ML, and related rare diseases, debuted at the National MPS Society’s International MPS Symposium in 2018.
“This is a woman that knows how to take the bull by the horns! She does nothing half way – it is ALL the way and it is that emotion, attitude and drive that is reflected in her stage presence!”
— Seige Tyjewski, BackStage360
“Kathryn the Grape is a 21st century Mr. Rogers. Her fictional book series is self-help for kids.”
— Courtney Daly-Pavone, Macaroni Kids
San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Leadership Award
San Diego Magazine’s Women Who Move the City Award
Speak for Success Women Changing the World Inspirational Woman Award
San Diego Metro’s 40 Under 40 Award
NAPPA Award for Kathryn the Grape “All Together” (Album)
IMC Awards Best Americana Song of the Year“I Will Be Going”
IMC Awards Best Children’s Song of the Year “I Am Happy Being Me”
Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s We’re All In This Together (Album)
Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s We’re All In This Together (Album)
West Coast Country Music Association Awards Album of the Year “A Soft Place to Fall”
West Coast CMA Awards Song of the Year “Lightning Love”
West Coast CMA Awards Female Entertainer of the Year
West Coast CMA Awards Female Vocalist of the Year
— NAPPA Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Grateful Garden
— NAPPA Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Unique Compass
— NAPPA Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti
— NAPPA Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Piece of Love
— NAPPA Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Journey
— NAPPA Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Magical Wand
— Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Grateful Garden
— Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Unique Compass
— Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti
— Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Piece of Love
— Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Colorful Journey
— Mom’s Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Magical Wand
— Mom’s Choice Award for My Treasure Box with Tools of Love
— Mom’s Choice Award for I Am Happy Being Me
— Mom’s Choice Award for Alphabet Train
— Mom’s Choice Award for Five Little Monkeys
— Mom’s Choice Award for Itsy Bitsy Spider
— Mom’s Choice Award for Old MacDonald
— Mom’s Choice Award for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
— Mom’s Choice Award for Wheels on the Bus
— Mom’s Choice Award for Three Little Kittens
— Mom’s Choice Award for You Are My Sunshine
— Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Piece of Love
— Family Choice Award for Kathryn the Grape’s Kindness Confetti