Seacrest Studios Taken Over By Werewolves!

All the twihards were lined up to meet Julia Jones (Leah Clearwater) and Booboo Stewart (Seth Clearwater) from The Twilight Saga, when they stop bye Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Julia and Booboo sat down in Seacrest Studios for a fun interview with the patients. Here are some of the questions they were asked:

Q. What is it like working on the set of Twilight?

Booboo: It is really exciting knowing that you are making a Twilight movie.
Julia: We are all friends on set so it is fun just hanging out with everybody.

Q. What was it like knowing that Stephenie Meyer was picking the characters?

Booboo: It was pretty cool knowing that someone who wrote the books thought that you are the character they had imagined.

Q. What was your favorite part about being a werewolf?

Booboo: Seeing your werewolf on screen.
Julia: Going to work in comfortable clothes, though it was really cold in Canada!

Q. Were there any pranks while filming?

Booboo: I’m too nervous to play any pranks!
Julia: The entire cast choreographed a dance and in the middle of shooting a scene they broke out into this flash dance. It took days for them to learn so it was a huge effort!

Q. Booboo, how did you get your nickname?

Booboo: It was a name my parents gave me when I was a baby and it just stuck.

Q. Do either or you have any other hobbies?

Booboo: When I was 12, I started out doing music with my sister. We had a band for a little while, but now music is just a hobby.
Julia: The piano. I played when I was younger and then didn’t for like ten years but I recently started again.

Q. If you were not in the movie, would you be Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Booboo: I would stick with the wolfpack, the wolfpack is great!
Julia: Team Edward!

We were so excited to have Booboo and Julia in studio and thank them for hanging out for an interview and taking some awesome pictures with the patients!

Andy Grammer Gives Memorable Advice At Children’s Medical Center of Dallas

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas welcomed singer-songwriter Andy Grammer to the Seacrest Studio on Saturday, February 23rd. The talented musician sang several of his hit-songs during an interview with patients and studio staff.  He was in town to perform for The Junior League of Dallas and was enthusiastic about spending time at the hospital.

Grammer opened up to the packed studio about his rise to fame. He moved to Los Angeles and began his career as a street performer.  “I did that for three years, and then I was blessed to get a song called Keep Your Head Up, which went on the radio,” he said.  His manager discovered him while he was a street performer, using a car battery-powered amp to perform.

The musician shared his passion for music with the audience as he played the guitar, sang, and showed off his beatboxing ability. “I love music, it makes me so happy,” Grammer said. He performed Fine By MeThe Pocket, and encouraged patients to sing along to his Platinum song Keep Your Head Up. Grammar is currently working on a new album and explained that getting a good song is like getting a good movie script. “Then, you make it shiny,” he said.

Grammer gave advice to kids who dream of becoming musicians and left studio guests with a memorable message. “Life is hard, and you have to smile,” he said.

Britt Nicole Performs “Gold” At Seacrest Studios!

Children's Medical Center of Dallas welcomed performing artist Britt Nicole to Seacrest Studios during her whirlwind promotion tour to announce the re-release of her album GOLD.  Britt participated in an interview, performed original songs, and signed posters for patients and guests.

Britt writes her songs hoping they encourage fans through their darkest days. "GOLD was written on a day I was feeling really down and sad," she said. Britt reminded us that the hard days we get through can become some of our greatest moments (that can, in return, help other people.)

A patient co-host asked Britt about her role models. The Southern girl with a tight family has always looked up to her older brother and draws inspiration from her friend Natalie Grant. The room lit up with smiles as Britt performed three songs, including her hit GOLD. Patients enjoyed talking and taking pictures with Britt after the interview. Before she left, Britt laughed as she watched 12-year-old patient Harrison Janik's Harlem Shake video recorded in the studio. Many thanks to Britt for spending time with us in studio!

Thank you to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas intern, Lauren Devoll, for this great visit recap!

Thank you to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas intern, Lauren Devoll, for this great visit recap!Children's Medical Center of Dallas welcomed performing artist Britt Nicole this past Friday, February 22nd. She stopped by Seacrest Studios during her whirlwind promotion tour to announce the re-release of her album GOLD and hang out with patients.  Britt participated in an interview, performed original songs, and signed posters for patients and guests.
 
Britt writes her songs hoping they encourage fans through their darkest days.  "GOLD was written on a day I was feeling really down and sad," she said. Britt reminded us that those hard days we walk through could become the greatest moments that help other people.
 
A patient co-host asked Britt about her role models. The Southern girl with a tight family has always looked up to her older brother and draws inspiration from her friend Natalie Grant.
 
The room lit up with smiles as Britt performed three songs, including her hit Gold. Patients enjoyed talking and taking pictures with Britt after the interview. Before she left, Britt laughed as she watched 12-year-old patient Harrison Janik's Harlem Shake video recorded in the studio.
 
Many thanks to Britt for spending time with us in studio!
 
Thank you to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas intern, Lauren Devoll, for this great visit recap!

Elmo And Cookie Monster Sing And Dance At Seacrest Studios!

It was a super fun day in studio at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas when Elmo and Cookie Monster from Sesame Street Live stopped by to play games, sing and dance with the patients (see video below!) A big thank you to them for making it such an entertaining afternoon!

Imagine Dragons Make CHOP A Stop On Their Tour!

On tour across the country, Imagine Dragons made a stop at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to hang out in Seacrest Studios before playing shows in Philly and New York.  Dan, Ben and Daniel (Wayne, the bassist, was not able to make it) sat down for an in studio interview, took pictures and signed autographs for patients.

Formed four years ago, Imagine Dragons was created when the guys met each other at Berkley. They started playing music together and had so much fun they decided to officially start a band. When asked where the name Imagine Dragons came from, the guys explained that Imagine Dragons is actually an anagram for a secret band name only the four of them know.

The group first started their careers together as a band playing cover songs in Las Vegas. They had all grown up playing so many different genres of music (from bluegrass to hip hop) that they had a lot of material to work with. Since they started to create their own original music, it has always been a very collaborative process. If one person has an idea, they will share it and then everyone works on building on to it to make it into something great.

The patients asked the band some really fun questions:

Q: What was your first inspiration?
Ben: Watching my dad strum on the guitar when I was little. Then I started playing with friends.
Daniel: My parents were always supportive and encouraged me with whatever music I was doing at the time.
Dan: I played music my whole life and took piano lessons for 10 years. I also play drums and guitar.

Q: Would you rather have a LEGO head or body?
Dan: Body. Because it’s more than the head.
Ben: Body!
Daniel: Body… because I can use it to make myself taller and beat Dan in basketball.

Q: If you were stranded on a desert island what would you bring?
Dan: A friend.
Ben: A lifetime supply of food and water.
Daniel: A cheese steak (everyone at CHOP loved this answer!)

When asked who they would like to collaborate with, they mentioned Jack White, Arcade Fire and U2. And when the patients asked how they could keep in touch with the band, they told them that Twitter is the best way. They love tweeting!

Many thanks to the band for such a fun afternoon!

The Cimorellis Sing at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas!

The patients at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas had a really fun afternoon when the Cimorellis stopped by for an in studio interview and performance. Everyone watching was so excited to listen to Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren and Dani sing some great songs a capella! You can hear their great performances in the video below. 

We would like to thank the sisters for stopping by and hope they visit Seacrest Studios again soon!  

Justin Bieber Makes It A Very Special Day At Seacrest Studios!

While the flu has not hit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta yet, there was widespread outbreak of BIEBER FEVER last week at Seacrest Studios!  This uncontrollable condition afflicted patients, nurses, doctors, staff, friends, and family and it all started when mega-watt pop star, Justin Bieber, stopped by during his Believe album tour.  

The teen music sensation, who calls Atlanta his “second home” and who is in high demand, carved time out of his busy tour schedule to stop by CHOA to take pictures with patients, sign autographs, and share a word of encouragement with adoring fans.  Notified just minutes before Justin arrived at CHOA, patients filled Seacrest Studios and spilled out into the adjacent lobby in hopes of catching a glimpse of the award-winning singer.  

Screams, cheers, and tears greeted Bieber as he made his way through the crowd of people, stopping to speak to each patient who lined up for a word with him.  It was hard to imagine the delight this one performer brought to the patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta but, no doubt, it was a day, and moment, that none will forget! Many thanks to Justin for stopping by!

Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel Hang Out At Seacrest Studios!

Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel stopped by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on Wednesday for a fun chat in studio. Here are some of the great questions and answers from their interview:

Q: When did you become involved with this movie [Safe Haven]?
-Josh: Early last summer or spring they casted. I was the first one and then Julianne came in and knocked their socks [off]. She really did.
-Julianne: And we were filming in South Florida. The water is warm and sand is gorgeous. It was like being at summer camp.

Q: So this movie is based on a book.
-Julianne: Yes Nicholas Sparks. There have been a lot of adaptations of his books to movies. So this has the thread of familiarity but it’s also a thriller and suspense.
-Josh: It’s a little scary but not too scary

Q: What are your super bowl plans?
-Julianne: I’ll be back in Los Angeles. I’m going to hang out with Ryan and watch the game and have a small super bowl party with wings and all of the really yummy bad food

Q: What are you favorite bad foods?
-Julianne: I’m a guilty pleasure foodie. Wings, pizza, sour patch kids!

Q: What about pancakes? What are your favorite types of pancakes?
-Julianne: Banana. I like to make them
-Josh: Blueberry but if I don’t have blueberry I like to put peanut butter on them.

Q: Josh, can you marry my sister?
-Josh: I’m already married!

Q: What is your favorite candy?
-Julianne: Sour patch kids. I like the sour candies so that and skittles- anything sour.
-Josh: I like milk duds with caramel popcorn. That’s what I get at movies.
-Julianne: Add hot tamales to that combination.

Q: What motivated you to come and talk to us?
-Josh: I love hanging out with kids. Im a big goofy kid myself. We were in Dallas visiting the hospital there and when we found out there was one [a studio] at CHOP, I wanted to come. I relate to kids more than adults.
-Julianne: I’ve been here before and the last time I was here I had such a good time. I hope we lift everyone’s spirits but really you lift ours and we leave feeling better so thank you.

Q: What is it like to see movies that your friends are in?
-Julianne: it’s exciting! It’s always hard to see yourself on screen so it’s always fun to see someone else you no know screen and to cheer for them.
-Josh:  It’s cool to see someone you know. I’m always happy to see my friends because there’s enough for everybody.

Q: what’s your favorite thing to wear?
-Julianne: I like jeans, a simple shirt, a leather jacket, and heels because I’m short and I dance with heels.
-Josh: If I try anything outside of a t shirt and jeans, I’m trying to hard.

It was a really fun day in studio, and we are so thankful that Julianne and Josh stopped by to spend time with us. We hope they come back and hang out again soon!

Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel & Nicholas Sparks Dance Around Seacrest Studios!

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas warmly welcomed Nicholas Sparks, Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel to Seacrest Studios Tuesday evening. The best-selling author and actors were in town promoting Safe Haven, an adaptation of Spark’s novel that stars Hough and Duhamel.  The three visited with patients and their families, participated in a brief television interview, signed autographs, and made time for singing and dancing in the studio. Check out the video below to see the in studio dance party!

Safe Haven is the eighth book written by Sparks that has been turned into a film. While Sparks, Duhamel and Hough discussed the movie, they eagerly answered a variety of questions from patients and Seacrest Studio staff.  When asked how he felt about his books being adapted to films, Sparks said he had always hoped his novels would become movies but never planned on it happening. Sparks said he is pleased with his career as an author and cannot imagine becoming a movie director after spending sufficient time on movie sets. 

Hough admitted to being a huge fan of Sparks before she decided to take on the role of Katie in Safe Haven. The actress said A Walk to Remember was her favorite novel by Sparks.  When asked what she would do if she was not an actress, Hough said she would want to be a hair and makeup artist.  She spoke passionately about a foundation she is working with called Kind Campaign, that promotes self-confidence in girls and focuses on anti-bullying.

Duhamel will be hosting Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on March 23. He said he worked closely with child actors in the making of Safe Haven, and he enjoys working with children. He said they are fun to work with, and they bring a special light to the acting world.

Hough and Duhamel wrapped up their evening at Children’s Medical Center watching patients sing along to their favorite Taylor Swift and Rhianna songs. They literally danced their way out of the studio, leaving lots of smiling faces behind. 

Many thanks to Julianne, Josh and Nicholas for making it a very fun (and entertaining) evening in studio!

Thank you to Sara Loeffelholz at Children's Medical Center Dallas for this great recap! 

Pip Arnold Spreads Holiday Cheer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta!

Pip Pip Hooray!!!!  The patients, parents, and staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta were definitely cheering for Pip Arnold, contestant on NBC’s The Voice, when he stopped at Seacrest Studios for a visit during the holidays.  Accompanied by his high school friend and guitarist, Pip came and sang several songs to help put patients in the holiday spirit.

This young musical sensation gave us some insight into what auditioning for The Voice is like. He said there are many rounds contestants go through before actually making it on the show.  Once there, it is hard to win over all four celebrity judges but that is just what Arnold did, convincing all four judges to turn around and vie for Pip’s talent on their team.  He had a tough decision to make!

“They cut it down on television but it was actually quite long  – I was up there for a while because they were all trying to yell at me to go with them, and yelling at each other.  But eventually, Adam [Levine] just kind of sold himself the best and I could tell he really knew what he wanted to do with me and go in the right direction with me.”

Pip said he still stays in touch with contestants from season 2 of The Voice.  Now that he lives in LA, he is able to get to know the other singers on a whole new level.

Pip’s new EP was released on January 4th. He brought copies of his CD to our studio and signed them for the patients who came to hear him sing! We wish Pip the best of luck and can’t wait to hear, and see, more of this rising star in 2013!