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Kidd Kraddick’s daughter co-writes song to honor him

Posted 10:06pm on Saturday, Jul. 26, 2014

Through the years, listeners to Kidd Kraddick in the Morning heard Kraddick (whose real name was David Cradick) talk about his daughter, Caroline. KKITM fans know that she’s a singer, that she studied musical theater at Oklahoma City University (she graduated in 2012), and that she sang at last year’s public memorial for Kraddick in Dallas.

Cradick, a Fort Worth resident, is getting ready to move to Nashville to pursue her music career. And one of her music projects is very personal.

“I just wrote a song for my dad that I’m actually going to play for radio people at a dinner on Saturday,” she says. “I’m excited about that. We’re still wrapping it up, but once it’s done, the proceeds will go to Kidd’s Kids.” (After her father died, Cradick took over leadership of the Kraddick Foundation, which includes Kidd’s Kids, the charity Kraddick founded for terminally and chronically ill children and their families).

Cradick co-wrote the song, Just Love, with Nashville-based songwriter Chris Roberts and Lindsay Lawler, a singer-songwriter friend who’s a former Kidd Kraddick in the Morning intern.

“[Chris] actually met my dad, so he co-wrote the song with me,” Cradick says. “ He only met [Kraddick] once, but my dad made such an impact on him. He really tuned in to what I was trying to say.”

The song, which is not yet available for download, features Roberts on vocals and piano in a simple arrangement that also includes Mark Evitts on strings. It begins: “Life -- they say it’s all about the things that you leave behind/I know you wish you had a little more time/Just a little more time to sing your songs.”

Listen to an excerpt of Just Love here.

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