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Jason Mraz performs “Have It All” for patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta!

Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz showed up at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with his all-female back-up singers to perform for patients and families in Seacrest Studios recently. Jason makes positivity a priority and it was evident from his visit!  He was so much fun, joking with and encouraging patients, living up to the lyrics in his song, “Have It All.”

We learned he has performed on every continent and his favorite place was Myanmar, where he sang for over 70,000 people even though it was illegal (until then) to have gatherings over twelve! Jason even taught us a phrase from Myanmar that inspired his song, “Have It All!” When a patient asked Mraz if he had ever forgotten his lyrics while on stage he mentioned one of his band members gave him the following piece of advice…”Say MEOW in place of the forgotten lyrics!”  Then Jason admitted he had been “meowing” at one of his recent concerts! Thank you for such a great visit Jason!

 

AJ Mitchell performs for patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Fresh off his performance on the TODAY show, singer songwriter and social media sensation, AJ Mitchell, popped into Seacrest Studios and performed for patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! Here to promote his new EP, Hopeful, the 17-year old talked about how exciting the last couple of years have been since moving from his small town in Illinois to Los Angeles to pursue his career as a recording artist and songwriter.

Having started piano at age four, it was no surprise to his parents that by age six, Mitchell has already written his first song — featuring a little bird. He even sang a verse or two before performing “I Don’t Want You back” and “Girls,” both on his debut EP. AJ hopes to go on tour next year, and we hope Atlanta will be one of his stops! Best of luck to this rising star, and thank you for visiting us in Seacrest Studios!

 

Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers, visits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta!

And the winner is….

Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! We scored big time with a visit from the beautiful and talented, Miss USA 2018, Sarah Rose Summers! Just two moths into her reign as Miss USA, Sarah Rose felt right at home in a hospital setting – a place she’d become familiar with earlier in her career as a certified Child Life Specialist. She was an instant favorite among patients and families.

She encouraged questions from the audience, citing it was “practice” for her upcoming Miss Universe pageant in December, and for the “talent portion” of the visit, Sarah Rose promptly volunteered to learn – and participate in –  the popular dance move coined “the floss” with an excited patient.

Many pictures, autographs, hugs and smiles later Sarah Rose is headed back to NYC. Thank you so much for visiting Seacrest Studios a second time! We are honored you want to visit all ten, and cannot wait to cheer you on in the Miss Universe pageant!

 

A “Glee” filled visit with Darren Criss!

The end of June brought a big visit to Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta!  Darren Criss, most notable as Blaine from Fox’s hit series “Glee”, came to chat with patients, play a fun game, and take pictures and sign autographs.

Darren is actually touring alongside fellow “Glee” cast member Lea Michele – the pair performed at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center following his visit at Seacrest Studios!

One special patient, Sarah, played Jimmy Fallon’s “Whisper Challenge” with Darren. Hi wore headphones, listening to really loud music, while she mouthed Disney quotes, and he had to guess what she was saying.

Patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta loved having Darren in studio, and we hope he returns soon!

Isabela Moner Surprises Families at Seacrest Studios in Atlanta!

The multi-talented Isabela Moner (actress, singer, songwriter, dancer, & Ukulele player), surprised patients and families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta when she popped into Seacrest Studios on her way to the nearby neighborhood set where she is currently filming the dramedy, Instant Family.

She may be best known for her lead role on the Nickelodeon television series, 100 Things To Do Before High School or as Izabella inin the 2017 film, Transformers: The Last Knight, but soon she’ll be known for her role in Instant Family – a relevant film that shows the importance of adopting foster children. Patients wanted to know what type of film she’d like to do next and were surprised when she said “an alien blaster/Atomic Blonde type movie where I can train and get really jacked for a role!” Her dream co-star? Natalie Portman. Favorite cheat treat? Girl Scout cookies! Once the filming for Instant Family wraps, the 16 year old hopes to get her driver’s license.

Before heading to the set, Isabela inspired us with her words to live by – “Today is the most important day of your life. You’ve got to look at every day like the most important otherwise you’re just existing, you’re not living.” Thank you Isabela! Your visit was definitely the highlight of our day!

Actress & Singer, Seanna Pereira Makes a Special Visit to Seacrest Studios in Atlanta

Patients and families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta enjoyed a special treat this week when actress & singer, Seanna Pereira stopped by Seacrest Studios to chat about and preview her upcoming movie, An Enchanted Ruby. Seanna stars as Ruby Strangelove in a story that features love, family, magic and music. Speaking of music, the 13 year old recorded ten songs for the film and happily accommodated a patient’s request to sing something live.

We were so entertained by her stories and adventures, like when she had to film in Bulgaria for six months and got so sick production was almost haltedI But the teenager has such a strong work ethic she powered through! (See if you can detect her terrible cold in a few scenes!) What a trooper! Seanna also told us how she was able to learn and perfect a very difficult Arabic accent in just ONE day while filming the hit 24: The Legacy. She is amazing, inspiring and was very encouraging to young fans who expressed a desire to act one day. She has a lot on the horizon but promised to return and share more movies and adventures with us. In the meantime, check out An Enchanted Ruby …a very sweet film with an anti­ bullying message and lots of singing by Seanna !

 

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!