Halsey makes friends with a princess in Seacrest Studios Dallas

Once upon a time, a famous singer came to Seacrest Studios in Dallas in search of a magical princess.

You see, Halsey tours the world but heard she would be able to meet some particularly incredible young fans at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. And that she did! Halsey was greeted by several young fans who quickly became her friends. They talked about all sorts of things like her music, her inspirations and what she likes to do for fun.

And then, as their time together was wrapping up, a tiny, young princess dressed in a gorgeous white gown and topped with a crown and veil appeared. Her name was Carli and she was ever so precious. Halsey knew instantly, this was the special princess she was supposed to meet. The two talked about their favorite Disney princesses, which sparked Halsey to sing a song from the Tangled movie.

Princess Carli and Halsey became best friends in an instant. And everyone lived happily ever after!

Thank you, Halsey, for coming to visit us! We loved meeting you! See you next time!

 

Actor Brandon Spink Visits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta!

Actor Brandon Spink caused quite a stir among young female patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta when, on his way to an audition, made a pit stop at Seacrest Studios! At just 13, Brandon has already built an impressive resume’ having starred in notable films, Miracles From Heaven, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Mother’s Day as well as recurring TV roles In NBC’s Game of Silence, ABC’s Once Upon A Time, and he is currently staring in EPIX’s Berlin Station!

With more roles in the works, it’s a wonder this talented guy has any time for middle school or his other passion, baseball!  Thank you Brandon Spink for spending one-on-one time with every single patient… and since you’re a Georgia boy, we hope you’ll be back to visit again SOON!

 

 

The Revivalists Visit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Studio Staff, Whitney Osborne

New Orleans band, The Revivalists, started off their visit to Seacrest Studios at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with a performance of their hit song, “Wish I Knew You.”

Lead singer David talked about being home here in Cincinnati, and receiving the key to his hometown, Hamilton, Ohio.  For a day they renamed the city to “Jamilton” in honor of David and the concert The Revivalists put on every year.

When it came time to for their interview patient Mary Kate wanted to know how long they have been a band – which has been for 10 years!

Jerra asked her infamous “How would you rearrange the food pyramid?” question. David would choose to eat as many fruits and veggies as possible. Zack seconded that motion and said to add nuts in there too. From this question we learned they also love to enjoy Sour Patch Kids every once in awhile.

Emmalynn joined in to sing some “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” with David and Zack! Zack had lots of fun facts to share with us including that our “ABC’s” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” have the same melody!

Our patient entertainer, Emmalynn, went back and forth with Zack on who could tell the best joke; Zack’s pick was “Why did Adele cross the road? To say ‘Hello’ from the other side!”

When playing “Heads Up!” it was a team effort from Emmalynn, Mary Kate, and Zack to help David guess Princess Jasmine – the clue of an herb that smells good closed the deal!

It was a great morning in the studio filled with laughter and smiles. Thank you to David and Zack of The Revivalists for taking the time to lift the spirits of patients and families of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center!

 

PRETTYMUCH Visits Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

 

Written by: Studio Intern, Erica Hawkins

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia welcomed the amazing boy band known as PRETTYMUCH to Seacrest Studios. With their top notch harmonies and amazing good looks, PRETTYMUCH was an instant hit with the patients and families of CHOP. The group sung an acapella arrangement of R&B and Pop songs and showcased just why mogul Simon Cowell chose these guys to create the next big boy band.

Brandon, Edwin, Zion, Nick, and Austin shared how they all live in one house in LA. Even after being whisked away to live together for over a year, the group said they love every minute! The guys said that they are more like brothers and they do PRETTY MUCH everything together.

The guys also played a little game in which each band member received a sticky note with an impersonation. A few impersonations included your best evil laugh and sing a song in a chipmunk voice. The kids loved their rendition of “The Chipmunk Song.”

To end their visit PRETTYMUCH took pictures with patients and their families and signed a few autographs.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Seacrest Studios thanks PRETTYMUCH for visiting and spreading joy to our patients and families.

Michael Ray Brightens Up Seacrest Studios in Boston!

 

Photos by intern Kate Bell

Video recap by intern Joyce Lee

Written recap by Molly McIntyre

Country singer Michael Ray stopped by Seacrest Studios at Boston Children’s Hospital during his tour! Michael shared stories of his lifelong interest in music, including playing in a band in high school. He also talked about what he’d be doing if he wasn’t a musician, which was following in his family’s footsteps and being a first responder!

Patient Ty asked Michael some fun “Would You Rather” questions, and Michael made the bold claim that he’d rather rake leaves than shovel snow! Afterwards, fellow patient Catherine jumped in with some questions of her own, where we learned that Michael’s favorite movies are the “Rocky” movies!

Michael was kind enough to sing his song “Get To You” for the kids, as well as sign autographs for everyone! He also posed for some amazing pictures with the kids, and even let future doctor Amia check his heartbeat! 

Thank you so much for visiting us, Michael! We hope you come visit us at Seacrest Studios the next time you find yourself in Boston! 

 

Old Dominion Makes a Special Visit to Levine’s Children’s Hospital

 

Video by Program Coordinator, Meredith Dean & Intern, Justin Lape

Blog Post by Intern, Danielle Miller

While visiting Charlotte, North Carolina, country music group Old Dominion stopped by Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital to answer questions, talk with patients, and play some games. This was the group’s second time visiting the kids at LCH.

The visit was Halloween themed and started off with the band members putting on Batman and Frankenstein masks and doing their best impersonations of the characters. When asked about what they would be dressing up as for the upcoming holiday, the group said that they were still thinking about their costumes, but they are leaning towards being superheroes such as Iron Man or Superman.

With roots in Virginia, we decided to quiz the band on their Virginia state knowledge. They were able to guess the state’s nickname, which is where they got their band name, Old Dominion. Matthew Ramsey knew the most out of the members, and was able to name the state capital and state bird as well. Another game we played was “Guess that country lyric” that the group did excellent at! Whit Sellers showed off his incredible Luke Bryan impression/accent during the game, and we even got everyone to sing a couple of country lyrics.

The patients asked the group a variety of silly questions. The group revealed that they all love to sing in the shower. They get hug attacks from fans sometimes at concerts or when they’re out and about. Brad, Matthew, and Trevor all admitted to snoring loudly in the middle of the night and proceeded to show us their snores.

Towards the end of the visit, the group gave patients their advice when they’re having a bad day. Brad said he loves to call his mom, dad, or friends when he’s having a tough day. Trevor said that getting hugs from anyone and everyone always makes him feel better and makes the rest of his day go better. Matthew concluded by saying when he’s feeling down, he goes to his music and likes to write things down or listen to his favorite songs.

The visit ended with patients taking pictures with Old Dominion. Even the Levine Children’s Hospital security guards and nursing staff got in on the action. We had so much fun with this energetic group and hope they come back soon to Seacrest Studios in Charlotte soon!

 

Our Founder, Ryan Seacrest Returns to His Hometown of Atlanta!

Ryan Seacrest returned to his hometown of Atlanta to visit patients and fans at his very first Seacrest Studio – where his dream of creating an uplifting environment and contributing in some small way to the healing process for patients who could be going through a difficult time – became a reality through his Ryan Seacrest Foundation in 2010. And it was great to have him back!

 

 

Patients were eager to tell Ryan all the things they love to do in the studio, from singing and playing games to hanging out with the interns and interviewing celebrities. Excited to take a crack at interviewing one of the best “interviewers” himself, patients took turns with hard-hitting questions.  Ryan especially enjoyed the one asking him which he loved more, “being on radio or being on TV?”  Hmmm, we’ll leave you pondering his answer! Lots of pictures, hugs and autographs followed the Q&A session. Then it was back to New York City and  Live With Kelly & Ryan, where he shared a wonderful video of his visit with us!  Thanks so much Ryan—we love you!

 

 

Sabrina Carpenter Performs Her Newest Song “Why” at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital!

Recap written by Studio Intern: Isabelle Hanson

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center witnessed just why Sabrina Carpenter is the Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s celebrity ambassador during her visit to the studio. Sabrina’s personable and sweet personality shined through as patients interviewed her before she performed her newest and favorite song, “Why”.

An actress herself, Sabrina said she hopes to act with Emma Stone in the future, one of the many actors on her growing list. But, her true celebrity crush as a young girl was Zac Efron.

When Lauren asked the inspiration behind her song, “Thumbs”, she said we all go through times where we feel we are not living the life we want to, but we must start listening to our own voice.

We learned Sabrina would be living her best life if sweets were at the top of the food pyramid, after patient Jerra asked how she would redesign the pyramid. An overwhelming majority of the studio audience agreed to having a sweet tooth, too. She may eat kale salad for lunch, but goes for the chocolate cake right after.

“When one door closes, another door opens,” is Sabrina’s life motto. She said working hard while staying optimistic is important. “There are so many times where things will happen and we don’t know the reason why. And then a year later we’ll look back and we know the reason why. And it’s because it was making room for something else to happen that’s better for you and that was meant for you,” said Sabrina.

Thanks, Sabrina, for visiting Cincinnati Children’s Seacrest Studio and supporting the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you again soon!

 

 

Ed Sheeran Makes a Surprise Visit to Boston Children’s Hospital!

 

Video recap by Intern Joyce Lee

Blog Post by Intern Nicole Cutinella

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British singer-songwriter-sweetheart Ed Sheeran recently added a surprise stop on his tour: Seacrest Studios at Boston Children’s Hospital!

Patients and families flooded the studio and the connecting Patient Entertainment Center to hang with Ed— making this the most attended VIP visit at Seacrest Studios in Boston ever! Excited Ed Sheehan fans came equipped with handmade signs, cards for him, and instruments to be signed. He also had some very excited callers from upstairs on the units!

Ed answered questions from patients including “What is your hidden talent?” (Making a funny popping noise with his mouth) and “Where is the coolest place you’ve ever been to?” (Manila in the Philippines)!

After the interview, Ed pulled out his guitar and sang for his audience. The whole crowd, was in awe of Ed’s flawless live vocals. First, he took a request from an in-studio super-fan who was seated next to him! He played an amazing rendition of her favorite song, “Lego House”. Then everyone in the crowd joined Ed in singing his most recent hit, “Shape of You”. Ed also took the time to sing a very special “Happy Birthday” to a young patient sitting at the studio desk!

Before he left to get ready for his show, Ed stuck around to meet and sign autographs for every patient and family member in attendance, which we estimate to be over 300 people! He also made some special video messages on parent cell phones for patients who couldn’t make it down to meet him in person.

Ed’s generosity and talent warmed a lot of hearts at Boston Children’s Hospital. Thank you so much, Ed! You’re welcome at Seacrest Studios anytime!​

 

Brett Eldredge Spreads Smiles at Seacrest Studios in Dallas

 

Written by: Paula Cuadrado

 

Eight-year-old Brylie knew she would get to see country superstar Brett Eldredge when he came to Texas on tour, but it went a little different than she planned. See, Brylie and her family had tickets to see Brett and his pals in concert in Dallas but the tour date came when she was hospitalized for a lengthy stay and couldn’t make it out to the concert.

But that’s where the Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center Dallas works its magic. Since the children who are hospitalized can’t make it out to the concert, we bring the concert and events to them, right there in the hospital. So instead of being one in a crowd of thousands, Brylie and other patients at Children’s Health got the VIP fan treatment with Brett Eldredge!

Brylie, along with Zoe, Jaci, Sarah and others got to interview Brett and ask him questions about his music career, his favorite color and what he likes to do with his dog, Edgar. Brett posed for pics and selfies with everyone who came down to see him, and even held one of his littlest fans, 3-month old Paisley.

Before the visit wrapped up, Brett pulled out his guitar and serenaded Seacrest Studios and all those watching on TV from their hospital rooms with his country hit, “Wanna Be That Song.”

Check out the video to watch the fun and laughter with Brett!

Thank you, Brett Eldredge, for making time to hang out in Seacrest Studios! You spread so many smiles, which is something you’re good at! We know you want to come back, “Don’t Ya”? But don’t take “The Long Way” to get back here because when we hear the “Beat of the Music” it makes us “Wanna Be That Song” and I may “Lose My Mind” as if I “Haven’t Met You” when really you will always be our “Superhero” and “The Reason” we want to “Bring You Back.” We know there’s “No Stopping You!”