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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!

Olivia Holt Sings ‘Phoenix’ At Seacrest Studios Atlanta

Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta was excited to have Olivia Holt visit and sing for patients! The Tennessee native, and former competitive gymnast answered LOTS of questions from excited fans. Things we learned:

– She loves Reese Witherspoon (we think Olivia could easily be cast as Reese’s daughter!)

– She wants to become a better dancer (and if asked, would absolutely entertain the idea of being on Dancing With The Stars)

– She loves going to movies in her spare time.

Speaking of movies, 2017 is gearing up to be a big one for Holt as she has two movies in post-production and one more on the way. And as if that isn’t enough, the multi-talented star is also busy making great music! Patients and families loved Olivia’s live performance of her hit single, “Phoenix” and her new release, “History.” THANK YOU Olivia for hanging with your biggest fans in Atlanta and making it a day we’ll never forget!

Debby Ryan and the cast of ‘Insatiable’ Visit Seacrest Studios Atlanta

Video by: Seacrest Studios Intern, Barbara Rego

Actress Debby Ryan turned her visit into a PARTY when she bopped into Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta bearing gifts of bubble wands and bunny ears recently. Patients were eagerly anticipating Debby’s visit, but when she showed up with Alyssa Milano, Kimmy Shields and Sarah Colonna – well, it was just too exciting for words!  Plus, Sarah even added to the cool factor by bringing her talented husband, Seattle Seahawks punter, Jon Ryan (along with his Super Bowl ring!)

The cast mates could barely squeeze in the reason they’re all in Atlanta together because they were too busy fielding questions from patients about their former TV series – clearly fan favorites!  Finally, they let us know they were here filming an exciting, new pilot for a potential new series on the CW called Insatiable. With the proven track record of this awesome bunch, it’s bound to be another HIT!

DigiTour Stars Play ‘Speak Up’ In Seacrest Studios Washington, D.C.

Our favorite stars from Instagram, Musically, Youtube and SnapChat hit the road for DigiTour Winter and made a stop in our nation’s capital! Blake Gray, Weston Koury, Baby Ariel, Mark Thomas, Sophia Kameron, Zach Clayton, and Nathan Triska visited Seacrest Studios at Children’s National and had patients and families smiling the entire time! We kicked off the visit with questions from patients. They all shared what life was like before they were social media stars and how some of their lives changed overnight. Combined they have more than a million followers on social media, but despite their popularity, they all agree that they are typical teenagers. “We like to go the mall, hang out with our friends, be regular teens”, said Baby Ariel.

Patients were eager to watch our new friends play a game of “Speak Up” where Mark and Zach tried to read hilarious and outrageous phrases with a dental spacer in their mouth. The game was such a hit that Mark even asked if he could take the spacer home to play with his friends! They topped off their visit with a friendly challenge of “Dress Up” where they competed to see who could put on a hospital gown, gloves, and mask the fastest. Patients enjoyed learning how much they had in common with the social media stars and we can guarantee that they gained more followers after the awesome visit! Thank you Blake, Weston, Baby Ariel, Mark, Sophia, Zach, and Nathan for taking time out of your tour to visit us at Children’s National!

 

 

 

Ocean Park Standoff Performs In Seacrest Studios Atlanta

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta was excited to welcome Ocean Park Standoff into Seacrest Studios for a special visit with patients.  Samantha Ronson, Ethan Thompson and Pete Nappi warmed the hearts of everyone with beautiful flowers and stickers for every  patient.

When one particular patient recognized Ethan from American Idol (but couldn’t believe it was really him!), he serenaded her on the spot with a song from the show, making her feel like the most special girl in the room. That performance, along with “Good News” and  their next release, filled our hearts with joy! A big thank you to the band for spending time with us in studio.