Tuesday, July 30, 2013
12 bands Kidd Kraddick championed on mainstream radio
Kraddick was a fierce advocate for musicians, and many considered him a mentor.
During Kidd Kraddick's more than two decades in the radio business, he regularly promoted artists he believed in. He played their music on the trendy Kiss FM station, invited them onto his "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" radio show, and promoted their brand on his Facebook page, which has now reached nearly 700,000 likes.
"He was so good about exposing new music," said Lee Leipsner, executive vice president of promotion for Columbia Records.
His sudden death on July 27 was a shock to radio listeners and musicians. He served as a mentor to many he hosted in the studio.
Kraddick created New Music Tuesday, a segment on "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" where he would play brand-new music. The big wasn't just about big artists' new albums -- though he did some of that -- he also played up-and-comers' tunes in hopes to turn his listeners onto bands he loved.
"That is unheard of, for a guy [whose radio show plays] in 100 cities," said Leipsner. "He was so excited about new music -- and it didn't have to be pop or dance music."
Fort Worth singer/songwriter and jam-piano player Tim Halperin is one of the artists Kraddick championed. Kraddick felt Halperin was voted off of American Idol Season 10 too soon, so he soon began to invite Halperin into his studio, re-exposing him to Top 40 listeners.
"Kidd was one of those people who did not need to help me out by any stretch," Halperin said. "From the moment I met him, he was all in. ... He offered me a lot of wisdom, but he also offered me every connection or anything he had. He never hesitated. We would sit in his office and he would think think think -- who could he connect me with to get me where I want to be?"
A Concert For Kidd’s Kids with Jonas Brothers / Jason Derulo / Andy Grammer / Tim Halperin /Cimoreli
- House of Blues
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Halperin joins the Jonas Brothers -- also another favorite of Kraddick's -- on August 15 for a concert in Dallas to raise funds for Kidd's Kids. Other performers are Jason Derulo, Andy Grammer, and Cimorelli.
Based on feedback from Leipsner, Halperin, and a host of Kraddick listeners, here is a list of recent bands Kraddick was said to have loved during his many years on the radio:
The Fray: This Colorado band was one of Kidd's biggest groups to support. They performed in Kraddick's studio in 2007 and played a Kidd's Kids party at Kraddick's home in September 2011. Several people named The Fray first as a band Kraddick heavily supported.
Gavin DeGraw: It can't be coincidence that before Kellie Rasberry and the rest of the "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" crew came on air on Monday, just 36 hours after Kraddick's death, they played "Chariot" by Gavin DeGraw. Kraddick was fond of DeGraw's music. He performed an intimate version of "Sweeter" on the show in November 2011. He said he was "crushed" when he heard about Kraddick's death. "Great human being," he wrote.
Hanson: Said Kraddick in an interview in 2013: "I've never seen anything like November 21, 1997, Grapevine Mills Mall ... 8,000 girls knocked the doors down on the mall." Kraddick had been a longtime fan. They first came into the studio in 1996, and when they made a comeback recently, Kraddick took to his Facebook wall to defend them: "Anyone who thinks they are a retro band or living off the teenybopper hits simply hasn't taken the time to hear them lately. They are a great band of skilled, accomplished musicians making amazing songs. The Village Voice newspaper called them 'one of the best bands in the world.' Go listen to some of their new stuff and see if you agree." After hearing about Kraddick's death, the band tweeted, "We are still reeling from the tragic loss of our friend @KiddKraddick. We're glad to be a small part of his story."
One Direction: Though One Direction's star rose on its own, Kraddick spoke highly of them and interviewed them several times. One Direction singer Harry Styles tweeted, "Absolutely devastated to hear about the sad passing of Kidd Kraddick. He was always so nice and will be incredibly missed. Lovely man. RIP."
Forever the Sickest Kids: The Dallas pop/punk band considered Kraddick a friend. They posted on Facebook, "Our band lost an incredible friend today, Kidd Kraddick thank you for more than any band members could ever have dreamed of! Our prayers go out to all your family." Band member Jonathan Cook referred to "countless memories" with Kraddick on Twitter, and on the day after Kraddick's death, he said he couldn't stop crying.
Big Time Rush: In 2011, Kraddick asked Big Time Rush to join his Kidd's Kids foundation in Disney World, where they staged a surprise concert. The band members are featured on a Nickelodeon show called Big Time Rush. Kraddick was a regular supporter.
Cobra Starship: Kraddick added Cobra Starship's album Night Shades to his weekly feature New Music Tuesday in 2011, spotlighting them on his show.
Hot Chelle Rae: Featured on a segment called "Music That Makes You Cooler," Hot Chelle Rae performed on the show in 2010 and 2012. Kraddick promoted their new video "Honestly" in 2012 and wrote on Facebook that he is "So happy for them." They also appeared on KiddTV.
Ryan Cabrera: Kraddick was one of the first big supporters of Cabrera. Cabrera posted this silly pic of them after he heard about Kraddick's death. He also Tweeted, "Kidd, I will always remember you and just smile...untill we meet again my friend."
Jonas Brothers: The family band from the Dallas area is playing August 15 at Dallas' House of Blues for the Kidd's Kids benefit concert. Nick Jonas Tweeted on July 27, "Really hope this is not true about Kidd Kraddick. You will be missed."
Tim Halperin: The former Idol contestant had a huge fan in Kraddick. The two shared a love for Ben Folds' music, and Halperin remembers fond memories jamming at a piano with Kraddick playing or listening. After one such session, Halperin recalls this exchange: "[Kraddick] said, 'Tim, do you ever get discouraged?' Truth be told, I had been discouraged around that time. He said, 'Don't. You're closer than you think.' I'm thankful for that, and that was the last time we hung out in person."
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