Kathryn Cloward Band
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Kathryn Cloward Band

San Diego, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | INDIE

San Diego, CA | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2016
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"Kathryn Cloward Double Album Release"

Americana singer/songwriter, Kathryn Cloward, released her second double album “Ripple Love” and “Secret Keeper”, just two years after her double debut album in 2015.

I have been a huge fan of the southern California vocalist from the first time I saw her headline at San Diego famed, Belly Up Tavern, in January of this year and I was very honored to be asked to review this recent release.

Kathryn Cloward, is nothing less than a power writer, which is a perfect pairing to the powerful messages and raw emotion she sends out in her music. Each track is more of a story rather than just lyrics and poetry. I have had both albums on repeat for some time now and have reached the point where I can now sing along with each story. Some I relate to my own experiences in life, some make me smile as my own memories come back to life through her words and music. Some make me cry as I struggle to understand what it would be like to be the character within her tale and others just make my heart warm and fuzzy, as if a best friend is inside your head and knows exactly what to say and do, and still more make me believe that I truly am a “Warrior Woman” and I can conquer the world no matter what obstacle looms in front of me.

“Ripple Love” is filled with songs that are meant to empower and inspire. The young, the not-so-young, the heartbroken and the whole-hearted. Kathryn’s sweet and lilting vocals send you on a journey, like a guiding hand in the dark, she leads you into faith, strength and hope.

“Secret Keeper” tells the tales of love everlasting and love not meant to be. Organic and raw yet still refined and polished. The most haunting track is its title song that speaks of personal experience and healing. Kathryn has an uncanny way of putting feeling into words and words into music that softly awaken a sleeping soul, renewing its energy and appetite.

Her music is refreshing, encouraging and uplifting. Whether you are searching for answers, healing from hurt, recovering from loss, celebrating love and life, looking for a change, there is story on one of these albums that delivers a seemingly tailormade homage to all.

In addition to the four full-length albums Kathryn has released in the last two years, she is also the author of a wonderful series of children’s books entitled, Kathryn the Grape. As a messenger of positive affirmation, Kathryn the Grape, inspires and teaches children of the ripple effect of love and kindness. The books are accompanied by music and songs also written, produced and distributed by Kathryn, herself.

Kathryn is currently performing all over San Diego county including guest spots on our local radio stations, live Kathryn the Grape shows and benefits for our local communities and various charities and fundraising events.

You can find her event calendar, breaking news and purchase Kathryn Cloward and Kathryn the Grape merchandise, her new release, “Ripple Love” and “Secret Keeper”, along with her debut albums, “Free to Fly” and “A Soft Place to Fall” on her website: wwwkathryncloward.com and www.kathrynthegrape.com.

You can also follow along with Kathryn and Kathryn the Grape on all major social media sites, see her videos on YouTube and listen to her music on most reputable music service sites. - Backstage360.com


"Using Her Music to Connect with Others and Share Her Story"

There was a different dream that Kathryn Cloward realized she had for her life — a dream that led her back to her childhood and her love for singing and writing songs. After spending years in sales and starting her own business, some significant life changes led her down a new path in music.

“My dream, the vision for my life I’ve had from my earliest memories, was to write songs and share them with others. While I tried a few times in my early 20s to do that, I never gave it my all. I didn’t believe in myself enough then,” she says. “Then, one day, I had enough of feeling that way. I didn’t want my entire life to pass me by without giving it my all to try to do what I always dreamed of doing and experiencing.”

Five years ago, she found her way to working with producers and musicians, taking voice and guitar lessons, writing songs, recording two albums and performing live. With the recent release of her two latest albums, Cloward is performing at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, in a benefit for Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. She’s worked with their auxiliary, including writing the theme song for their annual event to support children with cancer.

Cloward, 43, has a 10-year-old son and also writes the Kathryn the Grape series of books and music with messages of affirmation for her readers. She took some time to talk about her journey back to music and her live show tonight.

Q: You say you dreamed of becoming a singer as a kid. What was it about singing that you seemed to connect with back then?

A: My oldest joyful memories are of me writing songs and singing them to my dolls in my room. I loved being in the sanctuary of my own room creating and pretending. Ever since I was a little girl, I have heard lyrics and melodies streaming in my mind at the same time. That’s how I receive songs, the words and melodies come to me as one. It’s always been that way.

Q: What is it about singing you connect with now, as an adult?

A: I am a writer first. A messenger. I know my gift to the world is to simplify life experiences and lessons into stories shared through my songs and my books. I know that in being transparently authentic through my songs, I’m able to help other people who are journeying through similar circumstances. In my live shows, I don’t just get on stage and sing. I share, I connect.

Q: Tell us about album release show at the Belly Up.

A: There will be four bands performing at the Belly Up tonight, including my full band, as well as Ezekiel Jay, Heather Nation, Steve Denyes and their bands. It’s going to be an awesome evening of live music. We are intent on putting on a great show for everyone. We will play songs people recognize as well as our originals. What better way to spend a summertime Sunday evening than listening to live music, enjoying adult beverages, and collectively helping to raise money for programs at Rady Children’s Hospital that support children with cancer and their families?

Q: What made you decide to make this a benefit performance for Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego?

A: In celebration of my new music releasing, I desired to create a meaningful event that had a significant giving-back element to it. In the last several months, I’ve been helping the hospital’s auxiliary more and more, including writing the new theme song, “We Are Champions,” for its Celebration of Champions, an annual event that supports children with cancer. Samara, the daughter of one of my best friends, went through treatment for cancer at Rady Children’s when she was a toddler, and is now in remission and a thriving 4-year-old. Samara is also a character in my “Kathryn the Grape’s Piece of Love” book. So, aligning the concert to benefit Rady Children’s is just a natural fit.

Q: How will the hospital benefit from the performance?

A: We’re giving $2 from every ticket purchased to Peckham Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s. I will be donating 50 percent of all CDs sold to Rady Children’s as well.

Q: What style of music are you drawn to creating and singing?

A: When I was growing up, I was drawn to female rock bands of the ’80s. I loved the Go-Go’s, Pat Benatar and The Bangles. In the ’90s, women in country music were on fire and I was super inspired by Wynonna and Faith Hill, and the songwriting of Mary Chapin Carpenter and Gretchen Peters. My songwriting and performing are a mixture of all those influences. I identify with the Americana genre of music because my music is a blend of country, folk, and rock and roll. As a passionate and expressive woman, I illuminate a full spectrum of emotions and life experiences through my songwriting, so naturally my music has a full spectrum of sounds.

Q: What’s your process for songwriting?

A: I have written most of my songs while sitting on the floor of my bedroom. For the past three years, I have had my meditation space set up in my bedroom. That is the space where I most often receiving inspiration. I also receive a lot of inspiration on my walks. I have a lot of voice memos on my phone from songs that come to me when I’m walking. I crave solitude because it is in the quiet that I am a clear channel for songs to flow through me; I just have to be ready to catch them and cultivate them. When I’m working on a song, it lives in me and follows me around until it’s done.

Q: What does the act of creating music do for you?

A: Music has helped me experience true freedom. My spirit feels free doing what I love. It has been through songwriting that I have been able to gift myself with space to heal and grow. Above all else, writing and sharing my songs has helped me feel empowered to shine my own unique light without comparing myself to others or compromising my integrity. I wish for everyone to feel free and empowered to shine, too.

Q: What do you want people to get from your music?

A: There are so many people who feel alone and misunderstood, especially those who mask it well. Some people feel stuck in a particular life circumstance or lack a spark they once had and don’t know how to ignite it again. Through the transparency of my lyrical storytelling, I hope for people to feel connected and understood. I hope my songs help people feel empowered, courageous, and joyfully free to shine their unique and colorful light.

Q: What’s been challenging about your work, creating your art?

A: As an independent artist, at any given moment I am doing one of a dozen things, from writing and recording songs, rehearsing and performing, booking shows and marketing, and so much more. Juggling these roles is what challenges most indie artists like me. We are energized by the manifestation of our artistry, yet we also need to handle the business of being artists, and that takes a lot of time and relentless determination. That is why we are all so appreciative when people support our music and come to our live shows. We pour our love into our art. We simply want to share it with the world and make an impact.

Q: What’s been rewarding about it?

A: The rewards are twofold: It’s incredibly fulfilling when someone tells me the messages shared in one of my songs resonates with them or our stage show inspired them. On a personal level, I feel like I’ve allowed the little girl in me to be fully free to shine, finally. I love that my son is experiencing his mom to be joyful and free. I want to inspire him by example to experience what makes him experience untethered freedom and joy. I want that for everyone, actually. We’d be a much more peaceful and unified world if we all tuned into and dwelled in the simplicity of experiencing childlike joy and being of service to each other through sharing our natural gifts.

Q: What has it taught you about yourself?

A: I have learned that personal fulfillment is an inside job. It has been through my journey inward that I am now able to share outwardly through my songs and books in a way that is authentically me.

Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

A: Trust your intuition.

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?

A: I’m a total introvert. I guess I’m an outgoing introvert, but an introvert all the same. My spirit needs alone time like our bodies need water. Cultivating alone time is life-giving to me.

Q: Describe your ideal San Diego weekend.

A: I love going for long walks, staycations by the ocean and eating Mexican food. Any weekend that blends those three things is ideal for me. - San Diego Union Tribune


"Kathryn Cloward - Kindness Confetti"

It is no secret that I love to see people succeed. I especially love it when women succeed by chasing their dreams, their passions and never give up on what makes them independently happy!

San Diego native, multi-award winning, singer/songwriter, Kathryn Cloward is one of those women! A woman, that had a young girl’s dream, lost it, found it again and made it come true; one of which transpired on January 4th, 2017, when she found herself headlining at San Diego’s favorite music venue, the Belly Up Tavern, in beautiful Solana Beach.

As a young girl, Kathryn grew up doing what many little girls do…she picked up a hairbrush willed it into a microphone, sang from her heart and dreamed of being a star. While many of us finally turned the microphone back into a hairbrush, started singing from the radio and settled for just gazing at a star, Kathryn pursued her childhood dream until the day…she didn’t. She simply stopped. She gave up. Kathryn stopped singing, she stopped writing and she stopped chasing her dream and did what most of us do…when reality slaps us in the face and you are left with only survival skills to find your way back and lucky for us that is exactly what she did.

Enter Kathryn, the Entrepreneur, the mom, and creator of the children’s book series, Kathryn the Grape! Kathryn Cloward, singer/songwriter, became the author of a wonderful series of children’s books and music, featuring, none other than herself, as the focal character. The affirmation series is a colorful journey through the eye of a child and is independently published and distributed by her “mom owned” company, Kandon Unlimited, Inc. You can read more about and purchase these beautifully written, illustrated books and recorded CD’s on the Kathryn the Grape website: www.kathrynthegrape.com.

Through the encouragement of friends, she began singing and writing again and took to the stage! In 2015 she released her debut, DOUBLE album; Free to Fly and A Soft Place to Fall and in May of 2017 she will release two more albums, Ripple Love and Secret Keeper. 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!

The Belly Up Tavern is no easy room to behold. Its reputation alone is enough to intimate any rising star; but Kathryn and her amazing, talented team of backup artists and vocalists made it their own!

Headlining in fundraising support and avocation of a local children’s charitable organization; Kids Korp/Hands on San Diego, Kathryn hit the stage with other San Diego artists, Christine Parker, Michael Tiernan and Lee Coulter, for a night of comradery, music and fun to raise awareness of what Kids Corp/Hands on San Diego is all about and some much needed monetary contributions. They did not disappoint! On a cold, January, Wednesday night in San Diego they filled the venue with fans, great music, a message or two and lots of goodwill.

Predominately an Americana artist, Kathryn fills her set with original music that sends her own message of life and love. Her clear and lilting vocals are perfect for the genre and she engages her audience not only during each song but in between, as well, through story telling or maybe asking a question or two, inviting her audience not only into her performance, but into her life!

As an accomplished guitar player, she and her instrument become one on stage. BUT…my very favorite part of the show was when she put the guitar down, and let loose with a fun, energetic and audience encompassing rendition of Elle King’s, Exes and Oh’s, proving that she is not just any Americana artist!

Kathryn has hit the ground running in 2017 but you can catch her…and so you should! You can find her and her music page on social media, on her You Tube channel and by way of her own website: www.kathryncloward.com. Keep an eye and ear out for her new double album; Ripple Love and Secret Keeper, that is scheduled to drop this Spring and follow along with her journey – it is bound to leave your heart and your feet dancing!

BackStage360 was lucky enough to sit with Kathryn for a personal interview the evening after the show. You can listen to what we chatted about in this issue by clicking on our “Interviews” tab.

You can find more information and ways to donate to Kids Korp/Hands on San Diego on their website: www.handsonsandiego.org.

We thank you for supporting your local music and charities! - Backstage360.com


"Kathryn Cloward - Going Places"

San Diego (September 8) -Kathryn Cloward is going places. I covered her double CD release party at Navajo Live. back in June of last year. She had just released her debut CD’s, ‘A Soft Place to Fall’ and ‘Free to Fly.’ Hard work pays off. The West Coast Country Music Association awarded Kathryn four 2015 West Coast Country Music Association Awards, including Traditional Country Album of the Year for ‘A Soft Place to Fall’ and Traditional Country Song of the Year for, “Lightning Love!”

On Thursday night , at Navajo Live, Kathryn took the stage with her acoustic guitar as the “Featured Artist of the Week” with her bandmates, Barry Rosenbaum on keys, Alan Johnston on drums, Don Simmons on guitar and Chris Anderson on bass. The group performed a solid set of six Cloward original songs starting off with “Phoenix Rising,” and including my favorite, “Let’s Go Back,” then finishing the evening with “Free to Fly.”

Kathryn has currently entered her video “The Healing Road” in Guitar Center’s Singer Songwriter 6 contest. She’s currently finishing up two more CDs, AND she’s out taking her “Kathryn the Grape” children’s stories to bigger and better things! This lady really IS going places! - Boogie Magazine


"Kathryn Cloward Brings Love to the Beach"

Energy is a powerful force, and the beautiful Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach was glowing with positive energy Sunday night. Kathryn Cloward’s double album release party, which featured the albums “Ripple Love” and “Secret Keeper”, brought on a feeling of cheerfulness that left no face in the crowd with anything less than an ear to ear grin. The show kicked off with the title track on “Ripple Love” and immediately, the love did in fact, ripple through the crowd. Within one verse, dancing took over the crowd almost hypnotically. As the show progressed, the energy of the room progressed with it. By the start of the fourth song, everyone in the crowd was donning fluorescent blue glow stick necklaces and bracelets, which only made everybody’s faces light up even more, quite literally in fact. The show seemed to peak, just as the crowd did, when a group of young ladies joined hands and began swaying back and forth with grace. It was at this point in time that the positivity became palpable; even I began to sway to and fro in my planted position near the sound board. One by one the circle grew bigger until at least ten people were connected at the hand, letting the music take over their bodies. - Backstage360


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Kathryn Cloward Band is passionate about creating and sharing music with positive and empowering messages for people of all ages to enjoy. Entertaining audiences with their magnetic and upbeat pop rock Americana blues sound, blended with Kathryn’s award-winning authentic and resonant lyrical storytelling, Kathryn Cloward Band is on a mission to ripple love, compassion, and unity throughout the world — one song at a time.

Together, Kathryn Cloward (acoustic guitar and vocals), Israel Garcia (drums), Arnie Garcia (lead guitar), and David Stone (bass) enjoy performing in intimate venues as well as large stage shows. The band is aligned with purpose to provide engaging and positively charged live music experiences for audiences. Some featured shows include headlining multiple times at the acclaimed Belly Up (Solana Beach, CA); opening for 80’s icon Tiffany at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go (West Hollywood, CA); performing at the legendary Troubadour (West Hollywood, CA) and Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, 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.

Kathryn Cloward Band originally formed to support Kathryn’s four solo albums following her 2015 double CD release of “Free to Fly” and “A Soft Place to Fall,” and her second double CD release in 2017 of “Ripple Love” and “Secret Keeper.” Kathryn’s 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 Indie Music Channel Awards and she was recognized as Best Americana Artist by Indie Music Channel’s 2016 Radio Music Awards.

Through the gift of time and playing so many shows together, the band’s sound has naturally evolved, their songwriting has expanded, and their collective purpose streamlined. With the release of their brand new single “Ripple Love,” and launch of Ripple Love Movement through their charitable organization Kandon Cares, the band is intent on expanding a heart-centered ripple effect of change.

Through their Songs for Charity program, Kathryn Cloward Band helps select charities raise awareness for their cause by creating impactful songs with meaningful messages. The band recently released “We Are Champions,” a song supporting children fighting cancer. They are currently writing “I Am A Hero,” a song supporting children with MPS.



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