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Country Singer, Sarahbeth Taite Visits Seacrest Studios!

Sarahbeth Taite, country singer and friend of Seacrest Studios stopped by her third Seacrest Studio location – in Atlanta recently! The talented, young artist shared that when she was just 14 she begged her parents to take her to Nashville, which resulted in her first publishing deal! Then, at 17, after graduating early from high school, Sarahbeth made the bold move from Colorado to Tennessee.

When asked what’s been the hardest and scariest part of her journey thus far, she revealed it was toughest finding a new group of close friends. At least that phase certainly inspired some great songwriting…and we were lucky enough to hear her perform several songs. The patients loved getting to know Sarahbeth and we look forward to hosting her again!

 

Seacrest Studios Presents 5 Seconds of Summer at The Zone at Scottish Rite

By Gabbi Markle and Brittany Wade
Due to a massive water main breakage affecting a large portion of Atlanta, Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta had to make an eleventh hour diversion to the Scottish Rite campus to host the band 5 Seconds of Summer.
Instead of the traditional studio visit, the event turned into an intimate campfire-style Q&A with the patients. The Zone was filled with some of the band’s biggest fans who were so excited to ask the band some of their most burning questions. Drummer Ashton Irwin asked if there were any writers in the room and encouraged patients to always express themselves through the creative arts. He wanted them to know that anything can happen–just look at his band’s success!
After the patient-led interview, the band took photos with patients and parents alike, even pausing to sign shirts, socks, and anything else the kids wanted.
The patients at Scottish Rite loved getting to meet 5SOS, and we can’t wait until the next time they visit Atlanta!

Anthony Gonzalez from Oscar-Winning Animated Film, “COCO” Visits Seacrest Studios!

In celebration of the DVD release of the award-winning Pixar movie, COCO”,  Anthony Gonzalez, the talented 13-year old actor who provided the voice of Miguel, stopped in to visit with patients and families in Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Anthony is every bit as vibrant as the Oscar-winning film for Best Animated Feature, it’s no surprise he won the lead role!

He has been performing since age 4 and because he was blessed with a beautiful voice, he was happy to  perform several songs from the movie including the film’s  Oscar-nominated song “Remember Me.”  Patients gushed over him, the film and all the movie swag Anthony brought with him – mini blow-up guitars, stickers and big, colorful movie posters (which look great on white patient room walls by the way!)  Congratulations to “COCO” for winning Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards!

 

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!

 

 

Taylor Grey Makes a Special Visit to Children’s ATL

It’s not hard to fall in love with singer songwriter Taylor Grey, who made a special stop in Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently. She is as kind as she is beautiful and as talented as she is engaging.  Taylor started writing songs and performing at a very young age and now, at 20, she’s seeing her hard work pay off with last year’s release of her debut album, Space Case.

Hardly a “space case” herself, the Stanford junior explained how her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut influenced her album’s title. Grey performed two songs for patients (one of which she admitted she never performs live!) – what a treat! And before heading out, she made a detour to spend time with a fan who couldn’t make it to the studio. Taylor GREY, you have a heart of GOLD.  Come back anytime!

 

Charlie Puth Sings ‘Only One Call Away’ For Patients in Atlanta

Patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently welcomed Charlie Puth to Seacrest Studios! Charlie got all the patients’ attention by performing two of his hit singles “Attention” and “One Call Away” on an impressive setup, featuring his signature red keyboard.

He then talked about how he has perfect pitch (he’s a big stickler for it!). He shared that his brain automatically identifies musical notes in everyday life. While he was talking, a patient’s IV pole beeped, and he informed us that it is at a perfect C sharp.

When asked what his favorite candy is, he provided us with a new recipe involving mixing Butterfingers and Reese’s Cups into one chocolately stew. But he said he has to be careful of how many sweets he eats, so that he can physically keep up with his tour mate Shawn Mendes.

The patients loved meeting Charlie and getting their pictures with him. Come back anytime, Charlie, we are only One Call Away.

RSF Spotlight: Meet Monica

We’re shining the spotlight on some of the amazing people that help make our Seacrest Studios around the country so special.

MEET MONICA!

Monica, a patient at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and regular in Seacrest Studios, can often be found hanging out in studio (especially when special guests are behind the mic!) Get to know more about Monica in her own words:

  • How old are you? 21
  • Who is your favorite artist and or song? Paramore
  • What is your favorite thing to do in the studio? I just love hanging out in there.
  • Who was your favorite studio guest? Andy Grammer (because he’s so nice and he’s come to visit several times) and Tom Holland, because he came in his Spiderman costume and was so cool (and cute!)
  • Do you have a special hidden talent: I can talk in a chipmunk voice.

Thank you, Monica, for bringing your beautiful smile and personality to Seacrest Studios!

R5 Gives Patients Advice About Following Their Dreams!

Written by Seacrest Studios Intern: Brittany Wade

Patients and families welcomed R5 to our Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! During their interview, they talked about how the fans love their new, self-produced album, and they said the best part about being in a band with your siblings is being with each other all the time. Ross talked about how much fun he had on the set of “Austin and Ally” while also making music with the band.

R5 performed their hits “If” and “Smile.” The band even invited a patient to sing a song from “Austin and Ally” with them! When asked for any advice they would give to our little stars in the hospital, they replied, “Practice hard and play because you love it.” Patients loved getting to meet and take pictures with the band. We loved having R5 in the studio and we look forward to their next visit!

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Atlanta Studio Manager

We’re shining the spotlight on some of the amazing people that help make our Seacrest Studios around the country so special. 

MEET WENDY!

Wendy is the studio manager at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (our first studio!) and has been with Seacrest Studios since the very first day we opened.

More about Wendy, in her own words:

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios: I’ve worked at Seacrest Studios since the first studio was born – November 5, 2010
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: My absolute favorite thing to do is connecting, one-on-one with each patient (whether through a game or just simple conversation).
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): My most memorable studio guest would have to be actor, CHRIS PRATT – because he called ahead to find out how many patients were in the hospital at the time because he wanted to personally send over a Jurassic World toy to each and every patient. He sent over boxes and boxes of toys ahead of time so they would be here when he came. He handed one out to every single person, along with hugs, fist bumps and high fives!
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): I can juggle!

Thank you Wendy, for your dedication to our studio in Atlanta and for making SO many patients happy over the years. We are lucky to have you as part of the RSF family!

James TW Sings “Ex” In Seacrest Studios Philadelphia

Written by: Eric Newby

We learned a lot about James TW during his visit to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He shared fun stories about himself; he prefers to sleep in a tour bus over a tent and on tour he often played ping pong with Shawn Mendes (and skipped the morning work out).

Patients video-called in from their rooms to ask questions, and we learned “Different” from his first EP was his favorite song to record because he performed all the instrumental and vocal parts himself. He started learning the drums, moved to guitar, piano and voice and may take up saxophone some day! To top his visit off, he played his original song called, “Ex” to top it all off! We loved having James with us. Thank you for the great visit!