Cole Swindell Welcomed Back to Seacrest Studios, Dallas

After his first visit to Seacrest Studios in Dallas Cole Swindell said, “I’ll see ya later,” and the country singer made good on that promise and came back to visit his friends at Children’s Health!

Many young fans packed the studio to welcome Cole back to Seacrest Studios. Cole shared what he’s been up to since the last time he visited and why it’s so good to be back in Texas. He also got to know some new friends, who gave him some restaurant recommendations for his time in Texas.

Cole was excited to perform for the crowd and even let the kids request the songs. Jacob wanted to hear “Flatliner” so Cole and his buddies jammed to that one! Kevin asked to hear “Middle of a Memory,” so Cole played that one, too! We also sang along to “Let Me See Ya Girl.” It was a mini concert exclusively for the kids in Seacrest Studios and those watching on tv from their rooms. What an experience!

Thank you, Cole and friends, for coming back to Seacrest Studios! We’re cheering you on and can’t wait to see you again soon!

Crowder Jams at Seacrest Studios in Dallas


We love filling the Seacrest Studios with live music and fun guests and that’s exactly what happened when Crowder came to town!

Singer-songwriter and all around cool guy David Crowder met some pretty awesome kids during his visit to Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. In fact, he learned a lot from the talented teens who interviewed him! Check out the video to see how Connor, 14, opened the interview with a question in a foreign language!

We knew we were in for a treat when Crowder’s band started loading their instruments off the tour bus including a guitar, upright bass, banjo, cajon and a fiddle! Bring on the toe tapping and clapping along!

Crowder’s music is eclectic and hard to fit into one musical genre, which was evident when he and his band performed three songs. Elements of folk, blues, gospel, rock and rap were woven together in the performance of “I Saw the Light,” and Crowder’s song “Prove It.”

Crowder slowed it down and ended with the powerful song “How He Loves,” a popular Christian worship song made famous during his time with David Crowder Band. Some of our patients and parents even sang along – what a beautiful sound!

Music can bring such joy and peace into the hospital setting and Crowder, you certainly added to that! Thank you for visiting Seacrest Studios!  And thanks for the swag for the kids, too! Well, Boots claimed a bandana and a stuffed animal – it’s his favorite, too!



Lindsey Stirling jams in Seacrest Studios

Thank you Lindsey Stirling for coming to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas! We loved meeting you and learning more about you and your music.

Check out the video to see the awesome performance with Lindsey and her band!


Halsey makes friends with a princess in Seacrest Studios Dallas

Once upon a time, a famous singer came to Seacrest Studios in Dallas in search of a magical princess.

You see, Halsey tours the world but heard she would be able to meet some particularly incredible young fans at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. And that she did! Halsey was greeted by several young fans who quickly became her friends. They talked about all sorts of things like her music, her inspirations and what she likes to do for fun.

And then, as their time together was wrapping up, a tiny, young princess dressed in a gorgeous white gown and topped with a crown and veil appeared. Her name was Carli and she was ever so precious. Halsey knew instantly, this was the special princess she was supposed to meet. The two talked about their favorite Disney princesses, which sparked Halsey to sing a song from the Tangled movie.

Princess Carli and Halsey became best friends in an instant. And everyone lived happily ever after!

Thank you, Halsey, for coming to visit us! We loved meeting you! See you next time!


Brett Eldredge Spreads Smiles at Seacrest Studios in Dallas


Written by: Paula Cuadrado


Eight-year-old Brylie knew she would get to see country superstar Brett Eldredge when he came to Texas on tour, but it went a little different than she planned. See, Brylie and her family had tickets to see Brett and his pals in concert in Dallas but the tour date came when she was hospitalized for a lengthy stay and couldn’t make it out to the concert.

But that’s where the Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center Dallas works its magic. Since the children who are hospitalized can’t make it out to the concert, we bring the concert and events to them, right there in the hospital. So instead of being one in a crowd of thousands, Brylie and other patients at Children’s Health got the VIP fan treatment with Brett Eldredge!

Brylie, along with Zoe, Jaci, Sarah and others got to interview Brett and ask him questions about his music career, his favorite color and what he likes to do with his dog, Edgar. Brett posed for pics and selfies with everyone who came down to see him, and even held one of his littlest fans, 3-month old Paisley.

Before the visit wrapped up, Brett pulled out his guitar and serenaded Seacrest Studios and all those watching on TV from their hospital rooms with his country hit, “Wanna Be That Song.”

Check out the video to watch the fun and laughter with Brett!

Thank you, Brett Eldredge, for making time to hang out in Seacrest Studios! You spread so many smiles, which is something you’re good at! We know you want to come back, “Don’t Ya”? But don’t take “The Long Way” to get back here because when we hear the “Beat of the Music” it makes us “Wanna Be That Song” and I may “Lose My Mind” as if I “Haven’t Met You” when really you will always be our “Superhero” and “The Reason” we want to “Bring You Back.” We know there’s “No Stopping You!”

Lizzy Greene Hosts Games For Kids In Seacrest Studios

Nickelodeon’s Lizzy Greene came back to Seacrest Studios in Dallas to see her friends and play some games!

Lizzy is from the Dallas area and loves to visit the Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center when she has time off at home. For her recent visit, we put her to work! Lizzy hosted our Bingo game for the day, entertaining the kids in studio and calling numbers for the kids who were watching and playing along from their hospital room.

The kids were excited to talk to Lizzy and get their picture together. Lizzy even delivered some of the Bingo prizes to the winners.

Lizzy also shared about how much fun she’s having on the set of Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn. Be on the lookout for some fun, new episodes! Thanks Lizzy for coming back to the Seacrest Studios! We’ll see you next time!

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Dallas Studio Managers

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


We are so lucky to have Chance and Paula running Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Their dedication to the patients and studio is inspiring and they make every day so much fun! Learn a little more about Chance and Paula in their own words:


  •  How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios: Five years. Wow, that’s gone by fast!
  •  Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: Our spring and fall concert series gives local musicians a chance to perform at the hospital.  There is great live music, prize raffles, bubble machine and popcorn. It’s so much fun!
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): It’s hard to choose one, but I have a great memory of Chris Martin’s visit. One of our patients played piano and sang a Coldplay song for him.  Chris was genuinely caught up in the song, and halfway through it, he started to sing along.  It was a great moment, and we were also able to send the patient and his family to the concert that night!
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): It’s not really hidden, but in my free time I enjoy training for triathlons and compete in Ironman races.


  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios:  I’ve worked at Seacrest Studios for three years and I’m loving every minute of it.
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: I love the games we play in studio. Hosting Bingo brings out another level of my silly side and delivering prizes to our winners’ hospital rooms is so rewarding. I love to see the kids light up with excitement!
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): My favorite thing about the Seacrest Studios is seeing the transformation within the kids. They walk in as hospital patients a little shy and next thing you know we’re all dancing the Whip and Nae Nae and laughing. It’s rewarding to see them have a little fun and joy during their hospital stay.
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): Not so hidden and definitely not a talent, but before working here I didn’t know I would dance so much at work. I enjoy doing my crazy dance moves just to make a kid (or their parent) smile!

Thank you Chance and Paula for making every day in Seacrest Studios such an exciting adventure!

‘Gifted’ star Mckenna Grace brings joy to Seacrest Studios

Photos by: Lori Wilson
Recap by Paula Cuadrado

Mckenna Grace, star of the new movie “Gifted,” stopped by Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas for a fun visit!

Mckenna helped guest host “Good Morning Children’s,” a tv show hosted and broadcast from the Seacrest Studios to all the patient rooms at the hospital’s Dallas and Plano campuses. Six-year-old Kailyn was able to skype in from her hospital room during the show to ask Mckenna a few questions, like what she likes to eat.

We talked about Mckenna’s movie “Gifted” and what it’s like being an actor at a young age. Mckenna wore an adorable headband with cat ears for her visit, so the co-hosts of Good Morning Children’s pulled out matching pairs of cat ears, too!

After the show, Mckenna had fun visiting with Boots the therapy dog and chatting with 13-year-old Loryn who came down from her room to hang out. Mckenna was intrigued by the studio’s prop collection and challenged studio staffer Paula to see how many hats they could each wear at one time!

Mckenna brought special handmade bracelets with thoughtful messages to give out to her new friends, as well as posters from her movie to help the kids decorate their hospital rooms.

Thank you Mckenna for visiting Seacrest Studios! We had so much fun being silly and hanging out with you!

U.S. Women’s National Team Visits Patients at Seacrest Studios

Written By: Paula Cuadrado
Video By: Chance Harris

Members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team stopped by Seacrest Studios to hang out and inspire some young patients at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

The team was in town for a match and made time in between training to give back and visit a packed studio of fans.

Natalie, 10, told the team soccer is her favorite sport. When she said she also liked to dance, the team asked if she could show them some moves. Natalie bounced out of her chair, the DJ cued up “Juju On That Beat,” and Natalie showed Team USA how it’s done!

It was an extra special day for Kailyn, who is six, to be able to leave her hospital room for a little while to meet the players and take some pictures with them.

The team shared about training and dealing with injuries as well as how young they were when they started playing soccer and the honor of being part of Team USA.

Thank you Women’s National Team for visiting Seacrest Studios!


Sabrina Carpenter Performs ‘On Purpose’ For Patients At Seacrest Studios Dallas

Written by Paula Cuadrado, Media Programs Specialist at Seacrest Studios
Video by Chance Harris, Media Programs Manager at Seacrest Studios

I love being able to tell our sweet patients that, yes, one of their favorite super stars is coming to see them right here in the hospital! I knew Sabrina Carpenter was interested in visiting to our Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and right before we nailed down the date and time, I was spending time visiting with one of my little friends who has frequent and lengthy hospital stays.

Ariana, who is seven, loves to interact with the Seacrest Studios. When she’s admitted here in the hospital, she usually can’t leave her room which means we bring the fun to her through our tv channel and by stopping by to see her. She loves to play Bingo and is always gracious for the prizes she wins like little ponies and stuffed animals.

The week before Sabrina came, she asked me if any celebrities were coming soon (her last hospital stay she got to talk to Keith Urban!) I asked her who she’d like to meet and told her, “I hear Sabrina Carpenter will be in town next week, should we invite her?” Her eyes widened and her head nodded up and down showing a big YES! I played it cool and told her I’d reach out and see if she could stop by, wink wink.

When we had the date and time confirmed, she was the first one we told! She almost couldn’t believe it! Since she wasn’t able to leave her room and join the crowd in the Seacrest Studios, we set her up to do a live video stream from her room so Sabrina could see her and talk to her, too. Ariana stroked her toy pony’s hair and asked Sabrina what she likes to do when she’s bored.

Several other patients got to sit next to Sabrina in the Seacrest Studios and ask her all their questions about her music and her roles on Girl Meets World and Adventures in Babysitting. It was so cute to hear the kids ask about specific scenes they remembered and ask their new friend about what was going on behind the scenes.

Right before Sabrina arrived we played her music in Seacrest Studios, and Jackee June requested her song “On Purpose.” That’s the song she ended up playing for the kids – a live, rendition of the song Jackee June had just requested! What a memorable moment!

After the interview, Sabrina signed an autograph for every kid who came by, and extras for those who couldn’t. She hugged many of the kids and took plenty of selfies with her fans. When the crowd cleared, she got to talk with Ariana again through the video conference. Ariana loves the app and is an expert at making fun videos set to music. She asked if Sabrina could make a video with her and the two lip-synced and danced together to make an awesome clip!

When a celebrity such as Sabrina comes to visit Seacrest Studios, the impact goes far beyond the hour or so they are there. The anticipation leading up to the event is a positive distraction from the hospital world and the memories they make during the visit are the details they share with friends and family about their time away from home. And every now and then there’s the once-in-a-lifetime to replay over and over again!

Thank you Sabrina for loving on our friends here in Dallas! We’ll see you next time!