Carly Rae Jepsen makes her first trip to the studio at CHOP!

Carly Rae Jepsen was greeted by many excited patients at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia last week. This was Carly’s first visit to a RSF studio and while visiting she took the time to answer a lot of patient questions and sing!

The patients interviewed Carly and got to learn about her musical journey up until this point.  Carly, who was 7 years old when she first performed on stage, sang “Beauty and the Beast” while her dad played guitar. It was not until she was 17 years old that she purchased her first guitar and learned how to play the basic chords. Once she learned how to play, the first song she wrote was a love letter to her crush.  Carly was always performing in a variety bands (one was a swing dancing band) and was always playing music when not working at the local coffee shop.

Carly’s parents and family are very important to her. Both of her parents are teachers and are both very musical and encouraged her to follow her dreams at an early age.

Carly also talked about her first real big break…Canadian Idol.  Canadian Idol is just like American Idol but takes place in Canada.  During her time on the show (she placed 3rd) she was living in a mansion with her fellow contestants. She let the patients in on a little secret… before she would go on stage she would always listen to Corine Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On” for motivation.

After Carly sang the chorus to “Call Me Maybe” she talked about what inspires her when she is writing songs.  Most of her songs, she explained, come from listening to the people around her.  In fact, she has written three songs based on conversations about one of her friend’s love life!

When the patients asked Carly what she likes to do when she was not performing she said that she loves reading and baking. She loves being in the recording studio so much though, that she will often spend as much time there as possible.

Carly is still deciding on what her next single will be.  She is a little nervous about all the attention that has been put on this album (because it is all so new for her) but is very excited to continue to do what she loves!

The patients at CHOP were so happy to spend time with Carly and we thank her for stopping by and hanging out!

The Wanted Makes Their Second Visit to CHOP!

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia welcomed The Wanted back for their second visit to the hospital! The patients were so excited to spend time with the band before they opened this year’s Q102 Springle Ball concert!

The guys took the time to perform “Glad You Came” for the patients, sign autographs, take pictures and answer some questions.  They talked about their experience in the United States so far and how rewarding it has been. They never could have imagined that the everyone would be as receptive to their music as they’v been and the band has loved their time here. One of their favorite experiences so far has been performing on American Idol.

The patients had another wonderful experience with The Wanted and we want to extend a big thank you and invite for them to come back and hang out any time!

Nickelback Creates Smiles At CHOP!

Nickelback stopped by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia last week and the patients greeted the band with open arms (and hugs)!  Check out the great pictures from their visit below!

After the visit, Nickelback wrote on twitter:

“WOW! @RyanSeacrest has this place DIALED! Full studio wired 2 all the rooms in the hospital 4 every kid to see & hear! Thanks 2 the wonderful staff @ChildrensPhila & @RyanFoundation 4 having us today! These kids are the real rockstars! These amazing kids are an inspiration to all of us! @RyanSeacrest keep up the good work with the @RyanFoundation!!”

Thank YOU, Nickelback, for making it such a special and memorable day at CHOP!

Selena Gomez Named Ambassador to Ryan Seacrest Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that Selena Gomez is joining the Ryan Seacrest Foundation as our first ambassador.  Selena has been an amazing supporter of our foundation and has brought smiles to countless faces at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  We are so excited she will continue to do so at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Children’s Hospital of Orange County and Boston Children’s Hospital, where we will build three new broadcast media centers.

“From the beginning, I could tell that Selena really understood our mission. I’m so grateful that she’s decided to take on this larger role with us, joining our efforts to bring hope and spirit to seriously ill and injured kids,” said Seacrest, founder and chairman of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. “With her as ambassador, we will continue to expand our programs at children’s hospitals throughout the country.”

Selena was on Ryan’s radio show today and spoke about her experiences with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and her excitement about joining our team. To watch the full interview about all the great things she is doing click HERE.

The Fresh Beat Band Stops By CHOA!

The Fresh Beat Band stopped by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta bringing smiles to all of their happy fans! Arriving with posters, CD’s and lots of goodies, the patients were so excited to get autographs from the group.  The band even took time to sing with a four-year old patient (who knew all the words to the song).

When asked about touring, the band let the patients know that they travel all around the country on one bus. If they are ever feeling tired from all the traveling they are immediately energized by the cheers of their fans. So if you are a fan of The Fresh Beat Band, like we are, remember to cheer loudly at their next show!

The Fresh Beat Band left the patients with some inside scoop…sometimes the producers use the actors’ hidden talents in the episodes.  We thought that was really cool!

It was such a great day at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. We wanted to thank the band for stopping by and we hope they visit again soon!

Hot Chelle Rae Welcomed Back To CHOP!

Hot Chelle Rae stopped by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for their second visit to the studio.  Patients welcomed the band back with open arms and were very excited to hear about everything they had been doing since they last visited.  The band was thrilled to return for another interview before playing (that evening) at their first ever sold out Philly show.

Hot Chelle Rae has had a busy year, having played a show in Australia with Taylor Swift (one of their favorite shows) and winning an American Music Award! They are so grateful for all of the support they have received.

They talked to the patients about their music, letting them know that they are inspired to write songs from many things and that song ideas can come from anywhere.  Most of their inspiration comes from touring, traveling and meeting fans.  Once they have an idea for a song they all work together to write it.  After the song is complete they listen to their fans and know if the song will be a huge hit depending on how the fans cheer at their concerts.

From the interview we also learned that all of the guys’ parents are on Facebook and Twitter (it is how their parents check up on them.) They also shared that when touring, they always ask for peanut butter and jelly and sliced pineapple in the green room.   The bandmates also had some interesting hobbies: Ian juggles and is a photographer, Ryan draws and golfs, Jamie golfs and play baseball and Nash plays a lot of instruments.  In fact, they all love instruments so much that they collect guitars when they travel and now have 13 different guitars on the road with them.

The band let everyone at CHOP in on a little secret… they are all obsessed with Katy Perry and would love to work with her one day (as well as with The All-American Rejects, who stopped by CHOP the very same day they did.)

A big thank you to Hot Chelle Rae for helping make it such a special day at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia! We hope they return for another visit soon!

The All-American Rejects Sing At CHOP!

The All-American Rejects hung out at Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia this past weekend and the patients learned all about “Kids In The Street,” the first new album they have released since 2008.  They told the patients the reason they waited so long to release a new album was because they really wanted to take their time and make each song unique and special.  They wanted to share some of their new music with everyone and played an acoustic version of their song “I For You.”

The guys spoke about how they originally formed the band. Nick and Tyson were friends in highschool and one day when they played a show they met Chris and Mike, who were playing for the band opening for them, and asked them to join the group. They have been extremely close ever since and their friendship continues to grow because of their love for music.  It’s good that they all like each other because since 2008 they have traveled the world twice and toured all around the country.  When talking about touring, they explained “touring is as close as you can get to time travel, because you go to bed in one place and wake up in another!”

When asked what their favorite songs to play were, they said that “Dirty Little Secret” and “It Ends Tonight” are a lot of fun and they really enjoying playing them.  They also talked about what they would be doing if they were not in the band… Nick said he would most likely have a paper route and Tyson said he would want to be a science teacher.  They also let us in on their own dirty little secret, they all love cupcakes!  We are sure they will definitely be eating a lot of those next week when Tyson turns 28!

Everyone at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia were excited to meet, interview and listen to The All-American Rejects and we want to thank them for stopping by!  You can watch the music video to their album-titled single, “Kid In The Street” here.

WWE Superstars Zack Ryder and Alex Riley Visit CHOA!

WWE Superstars Zack Ryder and A-RY (Alex Riley) made a special appearance this week at The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to participate in a radio show hosted by the patients.

Read a full recap and see a great video about the visit HERE.

A big thank you to WWE for the great video, pictures and recap!

WWE Teams Up With RSF And CHOP!

WWE Superstars R-Truth and Santino Marella made a special appearance today to participate in a radio show hosted by the patients at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Read a full recap and see a great video about the visit HERE.

A big thank you to WWE for the great video, pictures and recap!

Adam Lambert Makes A Special Visit To CHOA!

Adam Lambert stopped by the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to hang out with excited patients and answer their questions in studio.

Adam’s visit drew quite a crowd, with patients and families inside and outside of the studio listening to his interview and posing for pictures with him.  They learned quite a lot about Adam and his passion for music, which started at quite a young age.

Lambert explained that he grew up around music. His father had been a DJ in college and was always playing music around the house. The earliest musical influence he was exposed to was Bob Marley, as well as, a number of classic rock and soul musicians.  He knew he wanted to be a performer when he was 10 years old and was hooked after his first performance on stage of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.”   He also performed in the musical “The Wiz” when he was younger and says he learned a lot from the music in that production.

When the patients asked him what it was like to be onAmerican Idol,” Adam explained that it was exciting because every week he had the opportunity to explore different genres of music.   Even though the show could be very stressful at times, he loved the pressure and competition.  His favorite moment on American Idol was his “Queen” performance on the finale.

Adam said that he practices his music every day and always tries to get a lot of sleep, drink a lot of water and do vocal warm ups.  He also really likes jogging and believes exercise is extremely important.

When asked what he does when he is not performing or practicing, Adam explained that he loves to go to the movies, listen to music and go out to eat with friends.  He also shared a few fun facts about himself…Adam is right handed, loves the board game “Chutes and Ladders”, loves ice cream and if he wasn’t a musician he thinks he would be a designer.

Adam, who is currently doing a promotional tour for his next album, is very excited about the music he is going to be releasing in the next few months.  He worked with Bruno Mars and Pharell on this album and wrote a lot of the songs on his own.  The first single he is going to release is called “Better Than I Know Myself.”

The patients had such a great time meeting Adam and we are so thankful for his visit to CHOA!

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A special thanks to two of our great interns, Carmen Williams and Justy Diaz, for their help with this blog post!