RSF Spotlight: Meet Ryan!

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


Ryan is one of the awesome patients at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and can often be seen hanging out in Seacrest Studios! Learn a little more about him in his own words:

  • How old are you? I’m 11
  • Who is your favorite artist and or song? Flo Rida
  • What is your favorite thing to do in the studio? Bingo. I love it because we get prizes!
  • Who was your favorite studio guest? The Vamps. They were great and they sang in studio.
  • Do you have a special hidden talent: I can skateboard!

Thank you Ryan for alway filling the studio with your great smile!

Daniel Skye Makes His First Trip To Seacrest Studios Philadelphia!


Written by: Eric Newby

Daniel Skye visited Seacrest Studios in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for the first time to hang out with patients.  During his interview, Daniel weaved through his story as a young 13 year old who was encouraged to sing after speaking at his own Bar mitzvah. Daniel talked about how, at 15, it was difficult to move across the country with no friends; an experience that a patient had in common. After recounting his love for his mother’s spaghetti and meatballs, Daniel became the first Seacrest Studios Philadelphia guest to try out Virtual Reality for the patients!

Thanks so much to Daniel for visiting our patients, and inspiring us all!

Olympic Gold Medalist Jordyn Wieber Inspires Patients In Philadelphia!

Guess who beamed their way into Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia? One of the original Fierce Five, Jordyn Wieber! No stranger to some tough challenges herself, Jordyn inspired patients and families with her remarkable stories of perseverance toward winning the gold. As she continues to pursue coaching for future olympic gymnast hopefuls, we certainly hope she can come back and teach us a thing or two. Keep it up, Jordyn!



Tove Lo & Hey Violet Visit Seacrest Studios in Philadelphia!


Recap by staff member Andrea Dillard

This year’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour stop brought artists Tove Lo and American band Hey Violet to Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Hey Violet raved about listening to a wide range of music from jazz, classical, and rock, to Ariana Grande and even a visiting patient’s favorites from High School Musical! They also filled us in on how they like to binge watch parodies and memes of Bee Movie when they aren’t busy working on music.  Before leaving the band sang one of their favorite Holiday songs “Last Christmas” and gave us a mini glance of their “brand new moves” by dancing to “Can’t Stop the feeling”!

We later learned a lot about Tove Lo and how she started out with music by acting out and singing Disney movies in Swedish! With 2016 coming to an end she let us know that one of her greatest accomplishments this year was releasing her 2nd album and short film both on her birthday! Before leaving she left our patients with some simple, but important advice… “If you love it and it makes you feel great keep doing it”! Special Thanks to both Hey Violet and Tove Lo for stopping by!



Eric Paslay Performs his hit song “Angels In This Town” for Patients in Philadelphia!

Recap by by studio volunteer Desiree Zimmer


Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia welcomed country music singer and songwriter Eric Paslay to Seacrest Studios! When patients asked about the start of his career he explained that he originally wanted to be a doctor, but his love for playing instruments and writing songs inspired him to be a singer.

He even admitted to writing over 13,000 songs since he was a young kid! Before performing his song “Angels In This Town”, the country star gave advice to future singers, songwriters, and musicians: “Be yourself and have fun. If you want to make music – go for it!.” Thanks for stopping by, Eric! Come back soon!


Sabrina Carpenter Sings For Patients In Seacrest Studios Philadelphia

Written by: Seacrest Studios Volunteer, Kevin Shirley

Seacrest Studios at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) welcomed another exciting celebrity guest, Sabrina Carpenter! Sabrina sat down with the patients to discuss singing, acting, and her local connection.

While Sabrina has spent the last three years acting on a TV sitcom, she came back to her home state of Pennsylvania for her original passion, music. The Bucks County native expressed her excitement to play a hometown show in Bethlehem, PA. Sabrina also looked forward to a Hershey Park concert, and reminded everyone she would be sure to grab a few chocolate bars on the way out.

Sabrina also took some time to reflect on her experience acting in Girl Meets World. She talked about growing up with her character Maya; she is glad to be able to learn from Maya, while also using her own life experiences to help her play the character. Sabrina is proud to work on Girl Meets World. She sees the cast and crew like her own family, and she also credits the show for teaching kids great life lessons.

Before signing autographs, Sabrina sang “Eyes Wide Open” from her first music album of the same title. She is currently working on her second album, and we can’t wait to see what she has to offer in the near future. CHOP would like to thank Sabrina for visiting the studio and hopes she stops by agains soon!

Alessia Cara Sings At Patient’s Bedside During Seacrest Studios Visit

Alessia Cara returned to Seacrest Studios at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and visited patients one on one. Getting a close look at the tough experiences faced by patients who often endure long and isolated stays in their rooms, Alessia lit up faces of children and parents alike. She joked, sang and danced at their bedsides before leaving her own personalized message for those she didn’t get to see.

Thanks for coming, Alessia! We can’t wait to see you again in the Fall!

Reece Whitley Interviewed In Seacrest Studios Philadelphia

Recap written by intern: Madison Elliott

“He’s an Olympic trial qualifier, one of the best swimmers for his age group in the nation, and only 16-years-old! Let’s welcome Reece Whitley to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia!”

Whitley, who is on the junior national team, has been making a splash within the last couple of years. He broke the record for the 200 yard breaststroke in his age group when he was only 13 years old! When he was 14 years old, his breaststroke time qualified him for the U.S. Olympic Trials. He is young, but he is gaining momentum fast.

“I try not to think about my age too much,” Whitley said, talking about his early success.

The 6-foot-8, 235 pound swimmer at Penn Charter visited the Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, March 29th to talk with kids. They learned all about how he got started, his routine, how he eats, and all the serious swimming it takes to be one of the best.

Whitley described how he first got into swimming, and it’s not the story you would expect. When he was only a small child, he failed a deep water test. But, that only pushed him from a young age to get back into the pool.

When he was 7-years-old, he said he just “plopped in the pool one day,” raced a 200-yard breaststroke, and happened to swim a good time. And then he thought, “Ok, I can do this!” The rest is history, and now Whitley is one of the top recruits in the country for the class of 2018.

Racing takes a lot of training and Reece described his intense routine. He spends two and half hours in the pool at a time and trains almost every day of the week, all while eating about 5,500 calories a day!

All of this hard work has really paid off. In San Antonio at Junior Nationals, he was swimming the 200-yard breaststroke in the B final. The A final had Olympian Michael Phelps. After both races were over, Bob Bowman, Phelps’s coach, came over to Whitley to tell him he had swam the same exact time as Phelps. Crazy!

“That is something I will keep with me for the rest of my life,” Whitely said. And when asked how it felt to be called the next Michael Phelps, he casually replied, “There is never going to be another Michael Phelps. But I would like to be the first Reese Whitley.”

While Whitley is quite the athlete, he also has a less serious side outside of the pool that the kids at CHOP got to learn about. Like any other sixteen year old, he loves Netflix, hanging out with friends, and taking lots of naps! Though a big teenager with big ambitions, he also has an equally big heart and the kids at CHOP loved meeting the one and only, Reece Whitely.

Charlie Puth Makes A Return Visit To Seacrest Studios Philadelphia

Blog written by Intern – Isabelle Dzwonczyk​

Charlie Puth made a return visit to Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia to visit patients, answer their questions, and perform on the hospital’s new piano! The singer-songwriter has kept busy since his last trip to the Philadelphia studio. While touring for six months, Charlie took time to put together his first full album Nine Track Mind. His favorite song on the album? Charlie says it’s a toss-up between “One Call Away,” a song he surprisingly wrote during a bout with the flu and an impending trip to China, or “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” a song that he collaborated on with Selena Gomez. Other artists he’s had the pleasure of working with include Meghan Trainor, Stevie Wonder, and Fergie.

Charlie talked a lot about his background during this visit. He grew up in Long Branch, New Jersey with his parents and a brother and sister who are twins. Charlie’s choice to pursue music came from his parents’ love of Barry White and James Taylor, two artists that have been a big influence on his work. He wanted to make music that his parents would respond to and enjoy. To this day, his parents are still an influence on his choices when it comes to which of his songs to release as singles. Surprisingly, Charlie did not begin singing until he was seventeen or eighteen! In addition to his parents’ music, he is influenced by David Foster, John Mayer, and anything classic.

Something new we learned about Charlie on this visit was his love of cars! He considers himself a car trivia enthusiast and spends much of his time reading books and magazines about automobiles. He says his dream car is a Mercedes-Benz S-Class 500, though he would be happy with any car that was understated and not too flashy. In addition to his car hobby, Charlie likes to spend time with his dog, a cavalier spaniel named Brady who he misses while on tour.

After a Q&A with patients, Charlie ended his visit with a performance on the piano of “One Call Away.” Best of luck on your tour, Charlie, and we can’t wait for your next visit!

A Great Big World Performs For Patients At Seacrest Studios Philly

Recap Written by Intern: Cailin Vasile

A Great Big World stopped by Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to talk about their new album and tour Kaleidoscope. The group is made up of Ian Axel and Chad King, both talented singers and songwriters. The two started their singing career together after meeting at their college, New York University.

Ian said he felt insecure about his own singing voice until he met Chad who convinced him to not “run away from your fears, run at them!” Since then, their inspirations have come from all things positive and colorful, saying “we want to make music that makes people happy.” If these two aren’t amazing enough, they even performed their hit songs “Say Something” and “This is the New Year” on CHOP’s brand new Steinway grand piano!

Big thanks to A Great Big World, we hope to see you sing here again!