We Are Champions

I am so pleased to share this new song with you. “We Are Champions” is a song about courage and hope that I wrote to honor children fighting cancer and their families, and will be used as the theme song for Rady Children’s Hospital Celebration of Champions. A wonderful team of volunteers helped me bring it to life including my Kathryn Cloward Band, producer Kris Dawson, and a chorus of youth singers. Scroll down to see the production credits, some photos taken while making the song, and the story behind “We Are Champions” which shares how Samara, a character in my Kathryn the Grape’s Piece of Love book, was my personal inspiration while writing it.

We Are Champions – Production Credits

Lyrics, melody, and music written by Kathryn Cloward
Music co-written by Chris Anderson, Israel Garcia, Arnie Garcia, and Kris Dawson
©2017 Kathryn Cloward  | ℗2017 Kandon Unlimited, Inc.
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Executive Producer — Kathryn Cloward
Produced, Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Kris Dawson
Drums, Conga & Hand Percussion — Israel Garcia
Bass — Chris Anderson
Electric Guitars — Arnie Garcia
Vocals — Kathryn Cloward
Youth Choir —Sarah Ball, Megan Bankes, Brooklin Bowles, Cabri Etzler, Kaden Gray, Teagan Lisama, Luigi Zarcone, Daniel Zuchelli

Photos From Bringing “We Are Champions” to Life

Kathryn’s Story Behind “We Are Champions”

I have a special place in my heart for helping Rady Children’s Hospital because it helped save the life of one of the Kathryn the Grape characters, five-year-old Samara, the daughter of my dear friend Jennie Lapointe. For the past nine years, Jennie has helped me develop many of the concepts shared in the Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series. Readers meet illustrated Samara in Kathryn the Grape’s Piece of Love. In the story, Samara and her mom help others by taking toys to children in the hospital. This is the “piece” they decided to share in the book because that’s what they actually do.

When Samara was 20 months old, the doctors at Rady Children’s removed one of her kidneys due to a tumor and she immediately started chemotherapy. In a span of 19 weeks, little Samara endured 13 chemotherapy treatments. As you can imagine, that was an extremely stressful time for Samara and her parents. With so much uncertainty in their midst, the compassionate and optimistic care provided by the expert staff at Rady Children’s and the programs provided by the hospital helped them get through the ordeal.

During that time, the one thing Samara looked forward to after every treatment was the opportunity to pick a new toy from the hospital’s toy box. This was huge for toddler Samara! In fact, the purple syringe she received in a toy medical kit has sat in my meditation space among my crystals since the day Samara gave it to me a three years ago. Ever since Samara’s main treatments ended, she and her parents have donated new toys for the toy box because Samara wants to help other kids feel happy after their treatments the same way she did.

Samara just celebrated her fifth birthday and she’s in remission thanks to Rady Children’s! While she’ll be in its continual care until she’s 18, Samara is considered a success story and her parents give all praise and gratitude to the hospital’s kind-hearted, expert staff.

As divine timing would have it, I was the featured guest on KSON Radio last year for “Write-A-Tune Tuesday” and it just happened to be a day when there was a Rady Children’s Hospital “Fill The Bucket” fundraiser happening throughout San Diego. With only 45 minutes to prepare, I wrote a song with my bandmate to support that fundraiser.

When the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary heard the “Fill The Bucket” song, I was invited to share it at its Week of Giving gratitude event. Before I performed the song on stage with two of my bandmates, I spoke about Samara and how Rady Children’s helped her through cancer and how much I was personally affected as I did my best to help my friend Jennie during that time of uncertainty. I also shared how cancer affected my family, with my Dad’s passing less than a year prior. After performing the song, I was approached by the founder of Celebration of Champions and asked if I could help with its event. After learning about its needs and heart-centered work to help children and families fighting cancer, I offered to write the event’s new theme song.

I had a coffee meeting with the Celebration of Champions board members to get a well-rounded sense of their desires for the song. Inspired with purpose, I spent a few weeks writing the lyrics, melody and core music for “We Are Champions” as inspiration came to me. I invited Chris Anderson and Israel Garcia from my band to help develop the music, and together brought “We Are Champions” to life to debut at the 2017 event. It was life-changing for me; after I performed the song, I walked away and cried, knowing I was doing what I’m here to do — sharing messages of love in my unique way.

As a surprise, I worked for a few months behind the scenes with my Kathryn Cloward Band (Chris Anderson, Israel Garcia, and Arnie Garcia) and our producer friend Kris Dawson to bring “We Are Champions” to life as a recorded song. Knowing I wanted youth voices on the chorus like I did for my Kathryn the Grape’s We’re All In This Together album, I invited a few boys and girls to join me in the studio to sing on the track. You can hear the voices of Sarah Ball, Megan Bankes, Brooklin Bowles, Cabri Etzler, Kaden Gray, Teagan Lisama, Luigi Zarcone, and Daniel Zuchelli joyfully singing with me on the chorus and bridge of the song.

Rady Children’s provided me with some photos to share, and I put together a photo video to help bring the story of the “We Are Champions” to life. On February 6, I’ll headline a four-band concert at Belly Up to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital and Celebration of Champions. I’ll perform with my Kathryn Cloward Band, the same band that helped me bring this song to life.

I’ve never felt more joyful and fulfilled. But I wouldn’t be doing any of this if I hadn’t listened to my intuitive call to action to wake up and start writing. The last nine years of being in the flow of channeling, writing, producing, and publishing the Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series and my Kathryn Cloward music has helped me cultivate the awareness that being an unblocked conduit for receiving and sharing messages of love for people of all ages is my purpose. Everything connects.

For anyone seeking a deeper sense of fulfillment and desiring to cultivate sustainable joy, I encourage you to tune into what makes you unique and align your natural gifts with the energy of helping others. When you do that, you’ll discover how joyful it feels to journey on The Purposeful Path of your life, too.

We Are Champions – Lyrics

by Kathryn Cloward

We are gathered together
Today we celebrate
Every champion who carries the torch
Every legacy that’s lit the way
We are bonded through courage
May our spirits be lifted high
As partners in hope
With light and love we’re unified

This is a Celebration of Champions
A celebration of joyful fun
This is a Celebration of Champions
We are strong
We are champions
We are champions

In gratitude we offer
Our abundant praise
For every helpful heart
Who’s blessed us along the way
May we experience
Together as one
The light shining
In every champion

This is a Celebration of Champions
A celebration of joyful fun
This is a Celebration of Champions
We are strong
We are champions
We are champions

Yes we are, yes we are, yes we are
We are champions
Yes we are, yes we are, yes we are
We are champions

This is a Celebration of Champions
A celebration of joyful fun
This is a Celebration of Champions
We are strong
We are champions
We are champions
We are champions
We are champions
We are champions