Neon Trees Sings Everybody Talks At Seacrest Studios!

Neon Trees stopped by Children’s Medical Center of Dallas before their concert at the American Airlines Center to hang out with patients at Seacrest Studios! Bass guitarist Branden Campbell, lead vocalist Tyler Glenn, drummer Elaine Bradley and vocalist Chris Allen answered questions about their early days and current successes. 

Glenn and Campbell chuckled as they told the story of how Neon Trees got its name. “There was an In-N-Out burger in Southern California that Tyler used to go to in high school,” Campbell explained. “And there was a neon palm tree in this restaurant.” They simply named themselves after something they saw, Campbell said.  

Most of the band members started playing music at an early age. Campbell traded his air guitar for a real instrument at age 11. Bradley’s parents finally transitioned her from pots and pans to drums in the 5th grade. Allen’s and Glenn’s fathers connected the two musicians as teenagers.

Although they miss many familiar things while they are on tour (cats, family members and daytime TV… just to name a few), the band members remarked how inspiring it has been to work with their tour mates.  They are encouraged by Maroon 5’s and Owl City’s longevity, humility, and kindness while touring with them.

Bradley encouraged patients in the studio and participating via Skype to go for their dreams. A counselor at a talent camp encouraged her at a young age, “We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses so just be honest with yourself,” she said. “Ask yourself: What do I want to do? What I am I good at? And then do that.”

The band members finished their time in the studio with a quick response trivia game and a live performance of Everybody Talks.

“We are just happy to be here. I think our favorite type of service really involves children,” Campbell said. “We get really touched and edified when we’re here.”

Many thanks to Neon Trees for spending some time with us!
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Thank you to Seacrest Studios intern, Lauren Devoll, for this awesome recap!

Emblem3 Hangs Out At Seacrest Studios And Talks About Music…And Superheroes!

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was very excited to welcome Emblem3 to Seacrest Studios! Band members Wes, Keaton, and Drew sat down in the studio to talk about their music and their experiences on The X Factor. The group spoke candidly as patients and guests asked them questions and then they stuck around to sign autographs and take pictures.

They started off by talking about what we all wanted to know – The X Factor. Listeners were surprised to learn that Emblem3 had never considered auditioning. They were actually invited to audition based on their videos on YouTube. At the audition, they sang an original song, Sunset Blvd. “We wanted to represent us,” Keaton explained. When asked how how they calmed their nerves before performing on the show, they explained that they spent some time skating in the parking lot!

Listeners found out that brothers Wes and Keaton grew up in a music household with their harpist mother and composer father. Keaton even learned a little harp – and we’re hoping to hear it in their future songs! The boys started their band when Wes and Drew were in 5th grade. The patients were excited to find out that their talents even exceed singing. In fact, all three members play guitar, bass, and the drums, and Drew “also shreds the Native American flute… We have our own individual strengths and we’re all best friends. It’s a good team.” 

They write all of their music collaboratively, and while some songs take 20 minutes to write, others can even take a year. But they agreed that the best songs are the ones that just pour out. Drew explained, “You’re not even thinking. It just comes out and sounds how it’s supposed to sound.”

They didn’t just talk about music, though. They were happy to share that they love Batman, Spiderman, and Superman – and all of the movies. Drew is also a huge Captain Underpants fan. Most importantly, they encouraged all listeners that hard work, dedication, discipline, and believing will help them achieve their goals.

Many thanks to Wes, Keaton, and Drew for a great visit! We’re so excited to hear your new single, Chloe, when it releases mid-April!
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Thank you, Jaycee Gruszecki, for this awesome recap!

Chris Wallace Rocked Out With Patients In Seacrest Studio!

Chris Wallace rocked out with patients in Seacrest Studio at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas last Friday. The singer/songwriter visited the hospital after performing at South by Southwest in Austin. He performed several songs, including his pop hit Remember When, and answered questions from studio staff and patients.

Wallace talked about his childhood in Indiana where he began his music career. He played sports and asked his parents for a guitar after a sporting injury. “I really haven’t looked back ever since,” he said.  Wallace said he started a band without a PA system or singer, so he began singing. He continued singing and songwriting and received a record deal after posting a song on Myspace.  “Dreams do come true if you work hard enough,” he said.

The former lead singer for The White Tie Affairs said he prefers performing solo because it allows him more creative control.  In addition to performing Remember When for the studio audience, Wallace sang Keep Me Crazy and Taylor Swift’s hit We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. He revealed a fun fact about his music when he told the crowd that most of his songs are written about his ex-girlfriends.

Wallace will be traveling a lot in the near future to promote his music. He said he has a trip to London planned and is excited to begin his national tour this summer. He is passionate about connecting with fans and encouraged everyone to reach out to him on Twitter.

Seacrest Studios Featured On TODAY!

Seacrest Studios was featured on TODAY Saturday morning!

TODAY’s Erica Hill joined The Ryan Seacrest Foundation at our opening of Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Erica got an inside look at our studios and got to meet some pretty amazing patients.

We love this report and are so happy that TODAY was able to join us!

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New Seacrest Studios Launch at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County

It’s a big day for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation as the “American Idol” host celebrates the grand opening of his fourth Seacrest Studios inside Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Miley Cyrus Visits Seacrest Studios at CHOC, Reveals Upcoming Album Details

This morning on NBC’s “Today“, Ryan gave Natalie Morales an inside look at the brand-new studio available to young patients and their families. “There’s so much great activity and energy that comes from these facilities inside the lobbies of these children’s hospitals,” Ryan said as he showed off the state-of-the-art technology.

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Taylor Lautner Visits Seacrest Studios at CHOC and Talks About His Upcoming Movie!

Miley Cyrus, The Wanted and Victoria Justice were some of the big stars that attended the grand opening. “We’ve seen [the studios] create energy,” Ryan said. “It creates a spirit inside the hospitals. It’s really special.”

The Wanted Talk Living in LA and Perform Live In Studio at CHOC

Taylor Lautner Visits Seacrest Studios at CHOC and Talks About His Upcoming Movie!

Taylor Lautner stopped by the launch of Ryan Seacrest Foundation‘s Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital of Orange County Friday and talked about everything from his past birthday celebration to his upcoming movie!

Taylor, who recently turned 21-years-old, shared he didn’t go crazy over the milestone of a birthday, sharing: “It was I guess considered quiet for a 21-year-old birthday party, I spent time with the family and friends. It was more low key. I didn’t do any crazy bash. I’m not a big partier so there wasn’t any nutso party, but I enjoyed it.”

So now that Twilight has wrapped, what’s Taylor working on now?

Aside from starring in Grown Ups 2, alongside Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and fellow funnymen of Hollywood, Taylor revealed he’s getting ready to shoot a new movie.

Sharing, “it’s a little too early to talk about.” But still revealing, “it’s got a little bit of everything. There’s a great love story. There is action in it as well, and it would be something different for me which I’m very excited about. It’s darker and much grittier than anything I’ve done before.”

And more importantly, after seeing those Ashley Benson dinner photos, we had to wonder, does our favorite Twilight hunk have a girlfriend?!

When asked by a fan at the hospital, Taylor responded: “The answer is actually no. No, I’m actually single!”

Miley Cyrus Visits Seacrest Studios at CHOC, Reveals Upcoming Album Details

Miley Cyrus stopped by the launch of Ryan Seacrest Foundation‘s Seacrest Studios, an in-house multimedia broadcast center inside Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s), and revealed she’s collaborating with none other than Snoop Lion!

Miley, who laughed she arrived two hours early, shared: “I did a song with Snoop and it’s coming out very, very soon…I can finally say I’m going to have a song with Snoop coming very soon.”

Furthering, “it’s recorded, done. I’m so excited!” “He was in Europe when he was recording but he’s here this weekend so I’m pretty excited I’m going to take a bunch of my friends and go hang out.”

So what can we expect from Miley’s upcoming album?

“I want this record to be different and a bunch of passion projects which the first thing I wouldn’t have calculated like, ‘Oh the first song I want to come out is me and Snoop Dogg.’ I never thought that would be [my first single], I’d think it’d be my own single first but I’ve been able to do these things where I’ve just been in the studio at the right time and these projects have just magically come.”

The Wanted Talk Living in LA and Perform Live In Studio at CHOC

The Wanted boys Max George, Nathan Sykes, Tom Parker, Jay McGuiness and Siva Kaneswaran helped ring in the launch of Ryan Seacrest Foundation‘s Seacrest Studios, an in-house multimedia broadcast center, inside Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) and talked living in Los Angeles as well as performed “All Time Low” live in studio!

As for moving to Los Angeles and now living in Hollywood for their upcoming E! show, the boys share “it’s been great” and like being on “holiday.” The band members share the house is “very Entourage” complete with a pool and jokingly address those rumors that it’s so big there may or may not be a moat.

So have the boys gotten into any trouble in their new pad yet?

The boys hint at a possible jacuzzi malfunction, laughing, “we had to empty out the hot tub because a few of the boys had a little mess.”

Listen to the full interview below to hear their live performance of “All Time Low” and to find out which member forgot the lyrics!

Victoria Justice Chats with Ryan Seacrest While On Her Way to the Grand Opening of Seacrest Studios at CHOC

Victoria Justice phoned in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” while on her way to the launch of Ryan Seacrest Foundation‘s Seacrest Studios inside Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) and revealed she still needs to take her driver’s test!

The 20-year-old, who was being driven by her mom, joked: “I’m riding with my mom. Yeah, this is the thing, my permit expires April 9th so I’m legitimately getting it before then because I don’t want to take the whole permit test thing again because that’s kind of a pain in the butt.”

As for what Victoria was filming the other day that was “top secret“?

“I don’t know if I can divulge too many details about it. But I will give a hint. Do you guys know the TV show on MTV Jersey Shore? I’m not going to be on Jersey Shore or anything but it involves one of the members of Jersey Shore and something cool that he’s doing and yeah it was a lot of fun…it will air on MTV.”

And be sure to check back in April to hear the big announcement Victoria is making about her tour!

Seacrest Studios Welcomed Stephenie Meyer And The Actors Of The Host!

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas received a large and exciting group of visitors when author of the Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer, and actors from the film adaption of her latest book, The Host, stopped by Seacrest Studios. Meyer, Max Irons, Jake Abel and Chandler Canterbury answered questions, spoke about their experiences, and signed posters for giddy patients and guests.

Meyer gave listeners an inside glimpse of her writing process. She never thought Twilight would become such a sensation. After spending a year writing The Host, she had similar hesitations. “I didn’t even think The Host could be made into a movie,” she said. But she has enjoyed watching her words come to the big screen with help from directors and actors.

Abel and Irons answered questions about their auditions and the fear of not getting cast. “We actually didn’t think we’d get the parts,” Abel remarked. “All the other guys had muscles,” he chuckled.  Irons reminded listeners interested in acting or writing that they should be proactive and not afraid to start.

The staff hosts were joined in this interview by a patient through Skype. A Twilight fanatic, she asked Meyer insightful questions and even got the actors to sing a Justin Bieber song on air.

Many thanks to Stephenie Meyer, Max Irons, Jake Abel and Chandler Canterbury for spending some time with us!    

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A BIG thank you to Seacrest Studios intern, Lauren Devoll, for this great recap!