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Children’s National Patient Teaches Sabrina Carpenter How To Floss!

Make sure you grab your dancing shoes because it’s always a party when Sabrina Carpenter visits Seacrest Studios!

Sabrina made her ninth stop at a Seacrest Studio while visiting Children’s National in Washington, D.C. A loud roar of cheering patients and fans welcomed Sabrina to the studio. She was prepared to give tons of hugs, laughs, smiles and encouragement to our patients and families.

As a Ryan Seacrest Foundation Ambassador, Sabrina mentioned that she loves visiting Seacrest Studios because she loves meeting the patients and these visits always brighten her day.

Sabrina shared some fun “secrets” about herself including that she loves to write and draw, that she can’t cook, she would love to learn Japanese, she has never been a babysitter and that she loves to indulge her sweet tooth by tasting a slice of chocolate cake in every city she visits!

Our patients definitely weren’t nervous or star struck as they couldn’t wait for Sabrina to answer their questions! Many patients asked Sabrina how she got her start as an actress, what her favorite part of filming was and whether she was a fan of the original series “Boy Meets World” before she was cast in the Disney Channel show “Girl Meets World.”

 Sabrina expressed her love for musicals and that she hopes to one day be in one! While visiting the patients at Seacrest Studios at Children’s National, Sabrina played a fun game where we asked her to create her own musical by choosing roles including choreographer, director, and even actors and actresses!

While playing the musical game, we learned that Sabrina could do the “The Worm” and that she couldn’t “Floss.” However, Sabrina soon learned how to “Floss” as one awesome fan showed her step-by-step on how to do the dance perfectly. We’re not surprised that Sabrina was able to pick it up so quickly!

Sabrina then gave our patients such inspiring advice about going after their dreams and reminding them to continue to spread positivity everywhere they go.

Thank you so much for visiting us in Seacrest Studios at Children’s National! You were such an inspiration and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for you! We hope to see you soon!

We’re Better When… Meghan Trainor Stops By Seacrest Studios!

Our long time friend, Meghan Trainor, stopped by Seacrest Studios at Children’s National and we were feelin’ all the ways! Patients and families greeted her with a warm, D.C. welcome and we were so excited to ask her questions on-air.

Meghan talked about her rise to stardom, hit songs, who inspires her, and what we can expect from her in the future! Patients in the studio and in their rooms were able to talk with Meghan as she made sure that no question was left unanswered.

One patient alluded to her song,“Dance Like Yo Daddy”, and asked Meghan if she was able to touch her toes. Meghan stood up from her chair and showed patients that she can indeed touch her toes and she can even touch the floor. We were one big happy family when Meghan pointed to the front of the studio and introduced us to her mom, her brother, and her fiancé. She said that her family travels everywhere with her and that they are her biggest support system and good luck charm.

Not only did Meghan visit us right before the holidays, but she even celebrated an early birthday with us. Her new friends at Children’s National gave her a special birthday present and sang Happy Birthday on-air. She was touched by the birthday wishes adding “Guys that was so nice. Thank you!” When asked if she would live in a tree house or a castle, Meghan chose tree house saying that she would decorate it really cute too.

Meghan topped off her awesome visit with pictures and autographs; taking the time to talk to everyone who was inside and outside of the studio. These Megatronz can’t wait to see what she does next and hope she can visit Seacrest Studios again soon!

Patients In Seacrest Studios Quiz The Chainsmokers!

The Chainsmokers did not let us down as they made a special stop to Seacrest Studios in Washington D.C. Patients and families packed the studio and were so excited to hang out with the dynamic duo on-air!

We learned that Drew loves Quizno’s chicken carbonara sandwiches and knows a lot about Pokemon while Alex loves Golden Retrievers, prefers turkey and cheese sandwiches with no toppings, and is a Yankees fan.

When asked who they hope to collaborate with in the future, Alex told us that he slid into Shawn Mendes’ DM’s and hopes to work with him in the future.

A patient wanted to know what their favorite city to visit and Drew responded “Tokyo is very cool. It feels like the future when you’re there. Everything is very efficient, clean, and the food is amazing. Those are the three things that we like, efficiency, cleanliness, and good food”.

The guys shared that they have been working together for a little more than six years. We decided to challenge them to a little game of“How Well Do You Know Each other”. We asked them a series of questions and asked them to answer for the other person. When asked their favorite emoji to use when texting, both guys started to draw the emoji’s for patients in the studio. Drew prefers the nail polish emoji while Alex says that the hang ten emoji is his go-to.

The band was so excited to meet their fans inside the studio and sent well wishes to patients who were up in their rooms. Thank you, Alex and Drew, for spreading laughter and joy to everyone at Children’s National and we hope to see you soon!

lovelytheband Visits Not One, but TWO Seacrest Studios in a Week!

Cincinnati Written Recap by Seacrest Studios Intern, Jamie Flaugher

Seacrest Studios at Cincinnati Children’s had an amazing visit from lovelytheband! The trio instantly felt at home, inviting one patient, Eli, to get up close and personal with lead singer Mitchie’s guitar! Eli was able to strum the singer’s guitar, and Mitchie even gave him his guitar pick as a souvenir! After an awesome performance of the band’s song, “Broken,” they played “Love It or Hate It” in which they debated their preferences on: iPhones, cats, cold pizza, vinyl and so much more!

As they went through the game, the topic turned to the upcoming Halloween holiday. The patients got involved, going around and sharing their Halloween costume plans. During the meet and greet patients were able to share a little one on one time with the band while getting their pictures taken and autographs signed.  Lani was super excited when she learned the band loved sloths. During her turn with the band, she showed them pictures of when she met a real-life sloth! As one patient was leaving she said, “It was the highlight of my week!” Cincinnati Children’s was buzzing after the epic visit with lovelytheband!

At Children’s National, in Washington D.C., the band didn’t hesitate to jump right on air with our patient DJs. The group shared that they had been on tour since March of 2018 and they will continue their tour until the end of the year. The band mentioned that they love being on tour with one another for so long, however they each still needed some down time every once in a while. Guitarist, Jordan Greenwald aka “DJ Jazzy J,” said he hops in his bunk while on the tour bus and pulls his curtain back.

The guys shared that video games also help them pass time while on tour and even named a few of their favorites including Zelda, Spider-Man and FIFA. We also learned how the guys would spend a $1 million lottery ticket. Drummer Sam Price “DJ Curls” said that if he won the winning ticket, then he’d create a video game center and would invite all of the patient DJs to hang out! A tremendous roar of excited screams and chants encompassed the studio as all the patient DJs and staff members began singing Happy Birthday to DJ Jazzy J because his birthday was only two days before his band’s Seacrest Studios visit!

Due to their love of hot wings, the boys were challenged to a fun and silly game of “Hot” or “Not.” The trio unanimously agreed that they loved Converse and that the shoes can be very versatile depending on your mood and fashion sense. We then learned that the band also loved romantic comedies and Christmas music. The guys were in the hot seat during the last question of the game when they were asked whether they considered Seacrest Studios “Hot” or “Not.” The band ecstatically shrieked that Seacrest Studios was indeed on their “Hot” list. The amazing visit ended with the band performing an acoustic rendition of their hit single, “Broken,” which is currently taking over the charts nationwide.

Thank you guys for swinging by Seacrest Studios in both D.C. and Cincinnati! We can’t wait to cheer you on as you finish up your tour!

 

Lana Del Rey Brings all the Sparkle to Children’s National!

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Our friend, Lana Del Rey, stayed an extra day after her concert in Washington D.C. to make a special visit to Seacrest Studios at Children’s National! From the moment she was spotted through the studio’s glass windows at Children’s National, patients and families could not contain their excitement! The studio was packed with her fans and some of patients wanted to sit by the mics so they could ask her some fantastic questions! Lana told us all about what she’d been doing during her spare time in D.C., saying that she made a visit to see the White House with some of her friends. To everyone’s surprise Lana admitted she still has stage fright and gets super nervous before each performance. Lucky for the audience, however, Lana treated everyone to a private, up close and personal performance. She sang a few songs for us, including her version of “Once Upon a Dream” from “Maleficent”. She said that if she could put her own spin on any other Disney song, it would have to be something from “The Little Mermaid”.

The room was filled with smiling faces as Lana warmed everyone’s spirit. Lana also filled us in on her pre-show routine, saying she loves to sing along to songs by artists like Whitney Houston and Ariana Grande to warm up her voice before her concerts. We also found out that she loves cats, and her favorite color is anything that glitters!

After giving the patients some great advice on following their passions, Lana took pictures and signed autographs for everyone. One of the highlights of her visit was when a mother asked Lana for a special favor. It was her daughter’s birthday and she was a huge fan! Unfortunately, she was not in the studio for the visit. To the birthday girl’s surprise, Lana personally called her and sang “Happy Birthday” to her over the phone. Tears streamed down the mother’s face as Lana serenaded her daughter on her special day. It was a magical moment! Lana repeated how happy she was to be able to visit Children’s National. “This is where my heart is,” said Lana. Before leaving, she assured everyone she would come back again soon. Seacrest Studios can’t wait for Lana’s next visit! Lana, thank you so much for taking the time to visit us and good luck on the rest of our tour!

 

Children’s National Welcomes Delta Rae to Seacrest Studios!

Hey! Hey! Hey! Our friends, Delta Rae, stopped by Seacrest Studios at Children’s National and we enjoyed every minute of their visit! Patients and families greeted the band with a warm, D.C. welcome and were so excited to ask them questions on-air. The interview started with each band member introducing themselves and creating their DJ name. Vocalist and pianist, Eric Holljes, wanted to be called DJ Polar Bear. Brittany Holljes, another vocalist for the band, came up with DJ B-Sting and second female vocalist, Elizabeth Hopkins, chose DJ Mermaid as her on-air name. Bass Guitarist, Grant Emerson, laughed and called himself DJ Goatman. Ian Holljes, vocalist and guitarist, chose DJ Layla in accordance with his puppy named Layla. Percussionist, Mike McKee, made the audience laugh when he reluctantly chose the name DJ Baldmen.

After coming up with their awesome DJ names, the band took us through a vocal warm-up that they do before they go on stage. Patients and families tried the warm up but found themselves laughing too hard! When asked about how the band formed, Eric said simply, “Me, Brittany, and Ian are siblings who also happen to really love music so that was easy for us to come together. We have known Mike and Liz for a long time so we asked them to join the band shortly after. Then we met Grant and instantly knew we would have a great group”!

After a great interview on the mics, the band signed autographs and took photos with each patient and their family! Thank you, Grant, Liz, Brittany, Eric, Ian and Mike, for making our day at Children’s National a little brighter and we hope to see you the next time you’re in Washington D.C!

 

 

All American Rejects Fills Seacrest Studios with Laughter and Smiles

It was no little secret that the All American Rejects were visiting Seacrest Studios at Children’s National in Washington D.C! Patients, families, and staff packed the studio and were so excited to hang out with the band on-air!

During the interview, lead vocalist, Tyson Ritter, told us stories about how the band formed when they were just little kids living in a small town in Oklahoma. He said that they would all go to Nick’s House for band practice and the neighbors were always complaining about the noise! He talked about their rise to fame and how it never affected them growing up. Nick laughed and said “We didn’t have to grow up really fast. We have always been pretty immature.”

When asked who the most famous person they have met was, Tyson said “Bon Jovi was awesome to open for”. Chris laughed and said “Meeting Tom Cruise was pretty cool”.

During their time on-air, they reminisced when they wrote the song “Swing, Swing”. Tyson shared with us that he and Nick were driving to his grandparents house and they had a little porch swing out front. Tyson said one morning he went out and sat on the porch swing and was humming a melody. Nick came outside and Tyson shared the melody with him. He said that the song was written in 10 minutes.

The band was so excited to meet their fans inside the studio and sent well wishes to patients who were up in their rooms.

“Sometimes if you feel weird or displaced that the Rejects have always been there in that same feeling and that’s what got us where we are today. I think there is something to be embraced about the fact that you are unique and you are very special and that you are here for a reason. That reason will present itself even if it hasn’t yet”.

Thank you Tyson, Nick, and Chris for spreading laughter and joy to everyone at Children’s National and we hope to see you soon!

 

Dua Lipa Makes A Special Visit To Seacrest Studios Washington D.C.

Singer, song-writer, and model, Dua Lipa took time out of her North American headlining tour to make a special visit to Seacrest Studios at Children’s National! The studio was full of her biggest fans who were all eager to talk to her on-air!

The 21-year-old filled us in on how she got her start in the music business and some of her musical influences. She told us that she is obsessed with Nelly Furtado and P!nk and would always jam to their tunes in the car! She gave patients great advice to stay strong and always work hard in all that you do. After the interview, Dua and the patients played a fun, rapid fire game of This or That. She comforted all of her guests in the studio with a hug, autographs, and photos. The patients and families at Children’s National look forward to hearing her new album and hope she stops by again on her next tour!

Patients Celebrate ‘The Nocturnals’ With Face Painting & Crafts In Seacrest Studios D.C.

Three unlikely friends from The Nocturnals made a special trip across the country to Washington D.C. and brought smiles to the patients and families at Children’s National! Dawn the fox, Tobin the pangolin, and Bismark the pint sized sugar glider stopped by Seacrest Studios for a fun day filled with arts and crafts, face-painting, games, and a Skype meet-and-greet with The Nocturnals author, Tracey Hecht.

With more than 30 patients and families in the studio, The Nocturnals team went above and beyond to entertain each and every visitor! They brought along giveaways which included all 3 of the books in the series as well as cute stuffed animals. They even had artists on call for face painting, transforming patients to look just like the fun characters from the books! The team brought along other crafts as well as games for patients to play.

To top off their visit, The Nocturnals author, Tracey Hecht, was in another country but made a Skype call into the studio and spoke to patients in Seacrest Studios as well as up in their rooms.

The day with The Nocturnals team was one that our patients and families will never forget and we hope they can visit Children’s National again soon!

RSF Spotlight: Meet Kaylee

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

Kaylee, aka DJ Kaylee, is a One Direction expert, and a patient at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C.

Learn more about Kaylee in her own words:

  • How old are you? 11
  • Who is your favorite artist and or song? All songs by One Direction
  • What is your favorite thing to do in the studio? Sing One Direction and do my One Direction show every week.
  • Who was your favorite studio guest? Zara Larsson
  • Do you have your own show or program in the studio? Yes! I am DJ Kaylee: The One Direction Expert
  • Do you have a special hidden talent: I am very flexible! I can actually put my foot behind my head!

After hearing she had her own One Direction show, HOT 99.5 (iHeartRadio’s radio station in D.C.) surprised Kaylee this past Wednesday with two tickets to Niall Horan’s exclusive interview at their station. After sitting front row for the interview, she got to meet Niall (who is her absolute favorite!!), take a picture with him and ask her own questions. After the meet and greet, the team at The Kane Show took her backstage to his dressing room (see video below.) Kaylee said it was “the best day of my life.”

Thank you Kaylee for being such a Seacrest Studios rockstar!!