Justin Moore Makes Patients Smile At Seacrest Studios Cincinnati

Recap written by Seacrest Studios intern, Jessi Zachman
Video by by Seacrest Studios intern, Meghan Tillery

Country music singer/songwriter Justin Moore kicked back his cowboy boots with patients and families at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. In the midst of his American Made Tour, Moore answered questions about how he made it from a small town in Arkansas to the country music scene.

With encouragement from his family, Justin moved to Nashville when he was 18. After a lot of hard work and bit of luck, Justin signed a record deal. Looking back, one of his favorite moments in his career was the first time he played the Grand Ole Opry. “It was a really cool moment to be able to stand on the same stage that all of my heroes in music had stood,” Justin shared.

We also learned about the inspiration behind his songs and his advice to anyone trying to follow their dreams. He believes that you can do whatever you put your mind to, and “if you’re going to dream, you might as well dream big”.

During the Q&A session, we learned about some of Justin’s favorite things to do! He enjoys watching Disney movies with his three daughters (Beauty and the Beast is his favorite) and eating at Waffle House after his concerts. His favorite sports teams to follow are the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On the topic of movies, patient Eli shyly whispered his favorite movie into Justin’s ear— Cars with Lightning McQueen. Justin agreed that it was a great movie and told Eli that while McQueen was pretty cool, Tow-Mater was his favorite character.

Towards the end of his visit, Justin played a fun game of “Would You Rather”, where we learned that he would love to be able to fly. Next up was the “Moore or Less” game where he shared with us what he would like more or less of in his life. Dishes? Less! Songwriting? More!

We are so grateful Justin stopped by and hung out with us and we  hope we get to spend “moore” time with him some time soon.

Dancing With The Stars: Live! Visit Patients in Seacrest Studios Cincinnati

Recap by Seacrest Studios intern, Isabelle Hanson
Highlight video by Seacrest Studios intern, Hank Risemberg
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Dancing with the Stars: Live! cast members took a break from their tour to hang out with the kids and families in Seacrest Studios at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It didn’t take long for a few avid fans to get emotional after nine of the dancers stepped foot in the studio.

Trading in dancing shoes for a microphone and headphones, we went live on air with a question and answer session–chatting about everything from Disney princesses and superheroes to the dancers’ dream jobs. When asked her biggest inspiration, Sharna Burgess shared, “We have the opportunity to make people feel great or enjoy their day or change their mood or inspire them, and I think that is actually what inspires us the most.” We learned the dancers have other talents as well, as Keo Motsepe broke out into an endearing version of Lionel Richie’s song “Hello”.

Next up was an exciting game of charades. Channeling their inner-animals, Laurie Hernandez, Alan Bersten, Jenna Johnson, and Keo gave us their best versions of monkeys, birds, elephants, and more. The patients and dancers guessed the enacted animals at a rapid-fire pace. Val asked the kids in the studio where they are from and their favorite sports team. The studio was bursting with laughter when an adorable patient named Kailee said, “I’m from my house.”

The visit concluded with a meet and greet picture session. Dancers surprised kids with toys and stuffed animal gifts.

A big thank you to the Dancing with the Stars: Live! cast members for making each patient feel special and filling the studio with energy and laughter!

Miss America Visits Seacrest Studios Colorado

Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, stopped by the Seacrest Studio at Children’s Hospital Colorado during her whirlwind country-wide tour during her year as Miss America. She told us all about what it takes to be Miss America and what she’s learned in the process, saying she learned that “my insecurities don’t have to be my limitations.” Savvy also told us about her partnership with IHOP to help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals all over the country by fundraising during their National Pancake Day on March 7.

We found out that Savvy has a pet “schnoodle” (cross between a schnauzer and a poodle) named Daisy, her favorite band is One Direction, and she learned a little Spanish from one of our patients, too! A huge “Thank You” to Savvy Shields for visiting us at Children’s Hospital Colorado!

Tucker Beathard Sings To Patients In Seacrest Studios Charlotte

Video Recap by: Nichole Mondshein, Seacrest Studios Intern
Blog by: Karleigh Holt, Seacrest Studios Intern 

We kicked off the new year at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte with a visit from Tucker Beathard! We learned about the inspiration behind his music and his advice to listeners on following their dreams. He said that he has “always been a believer in following your heart” and “tuning out what others say”. He showed his competitive side as he played the “Tucker 12” where he told us about his 12 favorites in under a minute.

Tucker’s interests range from football to dolphins to Reese’s Puffs to Spiderman! His country music knowledge was tested as he worked with a patient to fill in the blanks for the lyrics of the popular country song and its name. (As expected, the two got most of them right!) We also learned about his experience being a big brother as well as his fashion sense, where he told us about his cross necklace — he can’t leave home without it! To finish off the visit, Tucker sang and played guitar, performing an acoustic version of his most popular song, “Rock On” (as listeners sang along.) Following his performance, Tucker also spent time visiting patients’ rooms, signing autographs, and handing out guitar picks. Patients gladly accepted Tucker’s kind gifts and smiled proudly for their pictures with him. He met Bryson, a loyal Seacrest Studios fan, who couldn’t stop grinning as Tucker talked to him. Bryson introduced all of his stuffed animals to Tucker and even showed him his brand new John Deere tractor. We are so grateful for the time that Tucker spent with us and hope he will return back to Seacrest Studios soon!

 

Wesley Stromberg & Spencer Sutherland Visit Patients in Atlanta

Patients and families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta received an early holiday treat when singers Wesley Stromberg (of Emblem3) and Spencer Sutherland popped into Seacrest Studios. In town for a show, the guys talked about the ups and downs of their current tour and how much fun they’re having together. Having met each other when Spencer co-wrote the song “Forever Together” on Emblem3’s EP several years ago, the guys admit they’re now best friends.  Spencer impressed patients and a group of Atlanta debutantes with his vocal range with his new single, “I Like You.”  The fun and games continued with pictures and autographs before Spencer and Wesley headed out to prep for their show. Thanks for the visit – we had a blast!

 

T.I. Brings Joy To Patients in Atlanta

Mr. Clifford Harris, better known as T.I, is a three time Grammy recipient, and has chartered more than 20 times on the Billboard Hot 100. He stopped by Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and shared with us why he believes philanthropy is so important. He says, “It’s a personal belief of mine that it becomes an obligation for you to give back”. He generously donated more than 40 toys to the kids at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. It’s safe to say, he brought an abundance of holiday joy to so many of our patients! We look forward to having him back!

 

Judah and the Lion Jam For Kids in Seacrest Studios Dallas

Judah and the Lion performed a mini concert inside Seacrest Studios during their visit to Children’s Medical Center Dallas. The band spent time performing in patients’ rooms before coming to the Seacrest Studios to play for kids there, as well as children watching the broadcast from their hospital rooms.

Before their performance, patients got to interview the band and asked about their instruments, the band name and what they like to do for fun. Patients clapped along and danced while Judah and the Lion performed several songs, including “Take it All Back.” Thanks, Judah and the Lion, for bringing your music to the kids! We loved jamming to your music and getting to know you!​

Chloe x Halle Brightens The Day At Seacrest Studios Dallas

Sisters Chloe x Halle brought smiles, hugs and lots of joy to patients at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas during their visit to Seacrest Studios.

The sister duet giggled at cute questions the kids asked and even danced along when 13-year-old Jesus asked if they knew “Juju on that Beat.”

Chloe x Halle wowed the studio crowd when they performed several songs for us – from Christmas carols to their song “Drop.”

Jireh, 16, brought his guitar and performed a Christmas song for the sisters, who effortlessly chimed in to harmonize with their new friend.

After the interview, Chloe x Halle posed for pictures and obliged to all the requests for silly Snapchat selfies. Thank you Chloe x Halle for stopping by to see our friends in Seacrest Studios! They’re still talking about how much fun it was!

Olympic Gold Medalist Jordyn Wieber Inspires Patients In Philadelphia!

Guess who beamed their way into Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia? One of the original Fierce Five, Jordyn Wieber! No stranger to some tough challenges herself, Jordyn inspired patients and families with her remarkable stories of perseverance toward winning the gold. As she continues to pursue coaching for future olympic gymnast hopefuls, we certainly hope she can come back and teach us a thing or two. Keep it up, Jordyn!

 

 

The Chainsmokers Visit Boston Children’s Hospital!

Video by Gemma Gamberdell and Maxwell Svec

Written Recap by Gemma Gamberdell

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Last month, Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, the famous DJ duo known as TCS (The Chainsmokers) spent the day with patients and staff at Boston Children’s Hospital! Drew and Alex answered some great questions from patients like what superpowers they would love to have, who their favorite Star Wars characters are, and “what do you think about the bee crisis?”

After the interview, Drew and Alex led everyone in a fun new game called Nose Goes! where they looked at pictures of celebrity noses and had to figure out whose they were. They correctly guessed Spongebob’s, Sully’s (from Monster’s Inc.), Goofy’s, and Rudolph’s noses before trying to guess the noses of various dog breeds.

Following, Nose Goes! Drew and Alex took on a basketball challenge, throwing as many paper balls into plastic bins as they could! Alex’s team ended the round with 41 points, but Drew’s team bested them with a score of 91. While neither of them broke the record (98 points by the Celtics Jae Crowder) everyone had a great time being part of a team and cheering them on.
Drew and Alex ended their time at Seacrest Studios by taking photos and signing autographs with patients, before heading off to their show at the House of Blues. Thanks Alex and Drew for stopping by — everyone had a great time!