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Bridgit Mendler Visits Seacrest Studios And Meets Her Excited Fans!

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One of our favorite Disney starlets, Bridgit Mendler, visited Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas while on her Summer Tour.  The actress-turned-singer opened up about life in the spotlight and sang along with the studio audience. 

The 20-year-old is best known for her role on the Disney sitcom “Good Luck Charlie”.  Mendler talked about her favorite moments on the show as it is scheduled to end after the current season. “You know, Toby and I bonded a lot towards the end there,” she said. She even pointed out her favorite episode. “I like the Battle of the Bands one where I got to sing with everybody. All my friends on the show.”

 

Mendler’s “Good Luck Charlie” chapter may be closing, but she has a lot to look forward to. Her debut album, Hello My Name Is…, was released last year. It includes both of her hit singles, “Ready or Not” and “Hurricane”.  “I love writing songs, so it was just an awesome opportunity to make a full album and tell fun stories and make music that hopefully people will enjoy listening to,” Mendler said.

Thanks for a fun and memorable visit to the Seacrest Studios at CMCD!  

Smurfs “Bluetify” Seacrest Studios in Dallas

Some of our favorite little blue characters stopped by the Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas while promoting their new movie, The Smurfs 2.  Papa Smurf, Smurfette, and Clumsy played games with patients and showed off their dance moves while in the studio.  The Smurfs then headed outside to plant flowers in front of the hospital. This was part of their nation-wide effort to clean up parks, plant trees, encourage recycling, and “bluetify” the country. The Smurfs 2 will be in theatres on July 31.  Thanks to our little friends for visiting the studio and leaving a BIG impression on the guests.

Teen Pop Sensations Cody Simpson and Ryan Beatty Perform at Seacrest Studios

Teen pop-stars Cody Simpson and Ryan Beatty stopped by the Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center before a concert in Dallas. The musicians are traveling the country this summer as Beatty opens for Simpson’s Paradise tour. The teen heartthrobs visited the studio separately, each performing original songs and opening up about life in the spotlight. Simpson performed an acoustic version of his hit single “Pretty Brown Eyes”, and Beatty performed his originals “Hey L.A.”and “Every Little Thing”.

Simpson said his career took off after becoming a YouTube sensation with millions of viewers. The 16-year-old Aussie has gone from recording music in his bedroom to touring with musicians like Justin Bieber. “People started listening and started requesting me to do different songs. It just sort of snowballed,” he said. “I was excited when I got 100 views on YouTube, and then 1,000 views.”

Beatty shares a similar story. The 17-year-old also gained fame on YouTube and used the platform to attract a massive fan base. Beatty said he and Simpson met in 2011 and quickly became close pals. He was thrilled when Simpson asked him to tour with him this summer. “Rather than a business thing, it was like ‘Hey, you want to come on tour?’ It is really cool to go on tour with friends,” he said.

The two have full plates as they finish high school, learn to drive, tour the nation, and hang out with millions of screaming admirers. Simpson will release his new album, Surfers Paradise, in July and his autobiography in the fall. We are thankful that they took time to stop by the studio and spend time with some of their biggest fans!  

Scooby-Doo Live! Visits Seacrest Studio in Dallas before Solving a Mystery!

The cast of Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries stopped by the Seacrest Studio at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas on their way to solve a very important mystery. Daphne, Velma, Scooby-Doo, and Shaggy were called to the Allen Event Center where a ghost was reportedly haunting the theatre.

“We got a letter that said a ghost was haunting the theatre, threatening to close it down if we don’t get there to solve the mystery,” Velma said.

The Mystery Inc. gang made time to visit the hospital before heading to the theatre in the legendary Mystery Machine. They answered questions from patients and participated in a guessing game with some of their biggest fans.

Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries is traveling around the country, solving similar mysteries in front of an audience. There are plenty of musical numbers to accompany their sleuth skills, including the Scooby-Doo theme song, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?”

“It’s like if you went on a road trip with your best friends around the country. It’s pretty great!” Velma said.

A big thank you to Scooby-Doo Live for such a fun afternoon in studio!

Timeflies Freestyles with Patients at Seacrest Studios in Dallas

Pop/hip-hop duo Timeflies visited Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas during a promotional tour. Cal Shapiro and Rob “Rez” Resnick dished about their past, answered questions from patients, and performed a soulful version of their hit single “I Choose You”. 

Cal and Rez met at Tufts University in Boston, where they both attended college. At that time, the shower was the place Cal preferred to sing. “I was way too shy to sing in public,” Cal said. “He [Rez] heard me doing something and said, ‘You should probably come sing for my band.’ We won a competition and got to open for Ludacris, and then from there, we were like ‘Let’s do it!’”

Cal is now the lead vocalist and freestyler for the group, while Rez is the producer and beat mastermind. Both play multiple instruments, which make up their unique sound. “Every guitar, drums, or piano that would be in a rock band, I have played before,” Rez said. “A lot of what we do is computerized.” Timeflies will release their second album at the end of the summer.

The duo answered a round of “hot-seat” questions from one of the patients. We learned that their favorite cereals are Lucky Charms and Honey Nut Cheerios, their celebrity crushes are Taylor Swift and Amanda Bynes, and they each have a couple of quirky habits. Rez shaves his head on his fire escape, and Cal bites his nails.

The highlight of their visit came when Cal took a list of words from patients in the studio and used them to freestyle in their performance of “I Choose You.”

Thanks, Timeflies, for such a fun and upbeat visit!

The Band Perry Opens Up About Being Siblings, Their Love For Facebook and Owning A Horse Named Romeo!

The Band Perry strummed their way into Children’s Medical Center of Dallas on Friday, May 3. After performing two of their favorite tunes, Kimberly, Reid, and Neil signed autographs, took pictures and chatted with patients and their families.

Before the siblings performed in Seacrest Studios, they shared about their early days and career beginnings. Kimberly’s parents always encouraged her and the brothers to pursue music. Even when it came time for Kimberly to decide about attending college, they told her that “making music was the reason she was on the planet.”

“There were definitely many performances when there were more people on the stage than in the audience,” Kimberly laughed, as she encouraged audience members to keep pursuing their dreams no matter the odds.

Did you know Reid has a horse named Romeo?

That is just one of the cool things audience members learned as patients participated in interviewing The Band Perry.  In other fun facts, Neil draws inspiration from the Beatles. If Kimberly had not been a musician, she would have been a private investigator. Her brothers say she is an excellent Facebook stalker. Also, they all love Mexican food!

A big thank you to The Band Perry for sharing some time, music, and laughs with us!  

Written by Lauren Devoll

Hanson Brothers Bop Into Seacrest Studios In Dallas!

Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson have come a long way since their MMMBop days, and patients at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas got a taste of the band’s new sound. The brothers will release their sixth studio album ANTHEM in June, followed by a worldwide tour.  They stopped by the Seacrest Studio during a promotional trip to Dallas.

Hanson performed three songs; including, Thinking ‘Bout SomethinWhere’s the Love, and their new single Get the Girl Back. They participated in an interview between songs, including a list of “Hot Seat” questions from patient Allison Wright.

It’s hard to believe, but the former teen heartthrobs have been a band for nearly 21 years. All three have added “Dad” to their resumes. The youngest brother, Zac, started playing when he was just six years old. “Somebody said, ‘Do you want to sing?’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ It was just about a love of making music. Obviously, the attention was fun, and going on stage was fun,” said Zac.

The band got its start in Tulsa, Oklahoma where they currently live with their families. They said it’s a challenge balancing family life with a successful music career; however, their passion to perform still exists. “I think we had the dream and the fire to do it, and we still do,” said Taylor. “We feel totally in awe that we get to make this our job.”

When asked if their kids will someday form a group, the trio left the crowd guessing. “Who knows? Music is all around them, and obviously, we all love what we do. So, we support them if they want to do that,” said Zac.

Thanks to Hanson for stopping by the studio and spreading smiles with upbeat tunes.

MercyMe Stopped By Seacrest Studios To Perform For Patients!

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas welcomed the Christian rock band MercyMe to Seacrest Studio on March 28th. The band, which was founded in Greenville, Texas, performed several hit songs and chatted about their music with a large studio audience.

The band members that visited the studio were vocalist Bart Millard, percussionist Robby Shaffer, bassist Nathan Cochran, and guitarists Mike Scheuchzer and Barry Graul. MercyMe has been together nearly twenty years, receiving numerous Grammy Award nominations and Dove Awards. Millard is one of the founding members of the band and said the group’s name, MercyMe, was inspired by his grandmother. He was working as a youth ministry intern in Florida when he told his grandmother that he wanted to start a band. “She said, ‘Mercy me, why don’t you get a real job?’” Millard said.

MercyMe performed So Long SelfMoveFinally Home, and  I Can Only Imagine, as well as, Dont Bring Me Down (by Electric Light Orchestra.) The band said I Can Only Imagine was written after Millard’s father passed away, and the success of the single was unexpected. “When we wrote the song, we knew it was special to us, but we had no idea what was about to take place. It’s been surreal to say the least,” Millard said.

Millard’s son, Sam, was part of the studio crowd. The eleven-year-old was diagnosed with Diabetes when he was two, and he was treated at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Millard opened up about this during the interview. “Children’s literally saved his life,” he said. “We frequented this place a lot, and still do. So, it’s an honor for us to be here.”

The band recently wrapped up The Rock and Worship Roadshow and said they are looking forward to spending time with their families. They have several concerts scheduled in upcoming months and will slowly work on a new record.

Big thanks to MercyMe for the special visit!

Ariana Grande Sings “Who Let The Dogs Out” At Seacrest Studios!

Actress and singer Ariana Grande visited Seacrest Studio at Childrens Medical Center of Dallas last week. The Nickelodeon star is best known for her role as Cat Valentine in the sitcom Victorious. She released her debut single, The Way, on March 26 and stopped by the hospital during a nation-wide radio tour.

Grande opened up about her music and acting career during an interview with studio staff and patients.  “Doing both [acting and singing] at once is a lot of work, but it’s what I love, so I feel lucky,” Grande said. She described her first single as a happy song with a 90’s vibe. “I think it will make you want to dance and have fun. I love it,” she said.

The teen actress is currently working on a new Nickelodeon show called Sam and Cat, which is a spin-off of Victorious and iCarly. She said fans can expect lots of physical humor and crazy action.

Grande has more than five million Twitter followers and told the studio audience that she feels passionate about staying in touch with her fans. A patient, who is also one of her biggest fans, called in during the interview to request a song. Grande laughed when he requested Who Let the Dogs Out? “That is the best possible request,” she said.

Grande wrapped up her interview with some friendly advice. “It’s all about practice and pursuing your dreams,” she said. “Whether it’s performing in your living room for your grandparents or performing in a big stadium. It’s about doing what you love.”

A big thank you to Ariana for making it such a special day in studio for all of the patients!!

Neon Trees Sings Everybody Talks At Seacrest Studios!

Neon Trees stopped by Children’s Medical Center of Dallas before their concert at the American Airlines Center to hang out with patients at Seacrest Studios! Bass guitarist Branden Campbell, lead vocalist Tyler Glenn, drummer Elaine Bradley and vocalist Chris Allen answered questions about their early days and current successes. 

Glenn and Campbell chuckled as they told the story of how Neon Trees got its name. “There was an In-N-Out burger in Southern California that Tyler used to go to in high school,” Campbell explained. “And there was a neon palm tree in this restaurant.” They simply named themselves after something they saw, Campbell said.  

Most of the band members started playing music at an early age. Campbell traded his air guitar for a real instrument at age 11. Bradley’s parents finally transitioned her from pots and pans to drums in the 5th grade. Allen’s and Glenn’s fathers connected the two musicians as teenagers.

Although they miss many familiar things while they are on tour (cats, family members and daytime TV… just to name a few), the band members remarked how inspiring it has been to work with their tour mates.  They are encouraged by Maroon 5’s and Owl City’s longevity, humility, and kindness while touring with them.

Bradley encouraged patients in the studio and participating via Skype to go for their dreams. A counselor at a talent camp encouraged her at a young age, “We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses so just be honest with yourself,” she said. “Ask yourself: What do I want to do? What I am I good at? And then do that.”

The band members finished their time in the studio with a quick response trivia game and a live performance of Everybody Talks.

“We are just happy to be here. I think our favorite type of service really involves children,” Campbell said. “We get really touched and edified when we’re here.”

Many thanks to Neon Trees for spending some time with us!
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Thank you to Seacrest Studios intern, Lauren Devoll, for this awesome recap!