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- "The Sound of San Diego is...Kids' Music??" · Aug. 23, 2012
Native San Diegan Kathryn Cloward was honored as one of San Diego Metropolitan magazine’s top 40 Under 40 in 2010, as well as founding the interactive website NaturalKidz.com.
Cloward also created the Kathryn the Grape series of children’s books and music CDs, featuring an “everyday girl” who helps children develop authentic self-love, thus sending ripples of loving kindness, acceptance, and compassion for others. The characters, music, and symbolism is meant to illuminate young minds and put children on a path to live purposeful, magical, and colorful lives.
“I’ve been writing song lyrics for as long as I can remember and have always wanted to share my original songs with the world,” says Cloward. “It’s truly a joy to see kids singing and dancing along, having fun while strengthening their belief in themselves.”
In summer 2012, the music CD Believe: Kathryn the Grape Songs For Kids of All Ages won a Gold Mom’s Choice Award, for being among the best in family-friendly media, products, and services.
Cloward collaborated with San Diego musician and producer Astra Kelly to create the music CD, which was produced and mixed at local Capricorn Studios. Kelly is the lead vocalist, while Cloward sings backup vocals along with six “everyday San Diego kids.”
In early 2014, her entire Kathryn the Grape series of children’s books and music CDs scored four Family Choice Awards. “This is great news for us, as we are an independent brand working hard to gain traction in a market led by Disney,” she told the Reader. “Earning these awards helps affirm that our purposeful work is hitting the mark for families.”