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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!!

Zara Larsson Interviewed By Patients At Seacrest Studios in D.C.

Swedish pop singer Zara Larsson paid a visit to patients and families at Children’s National! Zara talked about her experience on the Swedish version of America’s Got Talent and how it kicked off her career. She told patients that her favorite song to perform is “Never Forget You.” The patients got to ask Zara everything they wanted to know about…from her idol—which happens to be Beyoncé—to her favorite outfit that she wears on her tour. We talked about our favorite candy, and how Zara misses Swedish candy. She confirmed that Swedish fish are not really from Sweden!

Zara admitted that she doesn’t know what it’s like to be in the shoes of our patients, but she advised them to stay strong and keep fighting. When asked how it feels to be a famous singer, Zara replied that she doesn’t consider herself a famous singer! “My goals are so high and I want so much. So what I’m doing right now, I’m really living my dream—don’t get me wrong. But I’m just getting started.” Thanks for spreading your love throughout Children’s National and we hope to see you soon!

Daniel Skye Plays Games With Patients At Seacrest Studios Washington D.C.

Daniel Skye continued his tour of Seacrest Studios by visiting our studio at Children’s National. During his interview he talked to us about how he got his start in the music business, his new life in Los Angeles, and all about what it’s like to be on tour. Daniel also told us his biggest inspiration when he writes his music: his life. “I write about real life experiences, what happens to me on a day-to-day basis.” Daniel’s piece of advice for all of our patients, “Be yourself!”

After the interview, Daniel and our patients took turns doing dramatic readings of popular song lyrics. After someone would read the lyrics, everyone had to guess what the song was. It was so much fun! After the game, patients had the chance to take pictures with Daniel. Thank you Daniel for spending time with us in Washington D.C.!

DNCE Plays “Finish That Song” With Patients at Children’s National

It was a good day at Children’s National Medial Center when DNCE visited with patients and families in Seacrest Studios. Joe told us all about his love of bacon, JinJoo demonstrated her “wake up” sound effects, Cole busted out his dance moves, and Jack talked about his desire to fly! We loved getting to goof off, play games and dance it out with DNCE. They topped off their visit with a special graduation ceremony for one of our Seacrest Studios Stars, Leah.  Thanks for taking time to make our patients smile!

 

 

Katie Ledecky Visits Seacrest Studios D.C. Straight From The Olympics

Katie Ledecky broke a Seacrest Studios world record by visiting Children’s National Medical Center for the 3rd time! Patients, families and staff cheered on Katie as she walked into the studio sporting her gold medals. She excitedly told us about her experience competing in the Rio Olympics, how she prepares for big swim meets, and how she sets and reaches her goals. We debuted a new game during her visit called “Who Would Win” where Katie guessed which sea creature would win in a swim race. We wrapped up the visit with pictures and autographs where Katie let every patient try on her gold medal. Thanks for visiting Children’s National Katie…you will always be a Seacrest Studios star!

 

 

Daya Talks About Her Music & Secret Talent In Seacrest Studios D.C.

Seacrest Studios was filled with smiles, laughter, and lots of girl power when pop singer, Daya visited patients and families at Children’s National! The 17-year-old talked about her rise to stardom, hit songs, and what we can expect from her in the future!

Patients in the studio and in their rooms were able to talk with Daya who left no question unanswered. Daya also talked about how her life as a typical teenager has changed since the release of her wildly popular song, “Hideaway.”  She described the experience as “crazy but cool,” saying one minute she was going to prom and the next minute she was performing for fans at the White House. When asked if she had any hidden talents, Daya laughed and said she could play a piano upside down! Daya topped off her awesome visit with pictures and autographs; taking the time to follow our friends on Instagram. One patient even decorated a microphone for Daya to remind her of her first Seacrest Studios visit. These Daya-Dreamers can’t wait to see what she does next and hope she can visit Children’s National again soon!

Flo Rida Takes Home A First Place Medal From Seacrest Studios in D.C.

Flo Rida spent time at Children’s National in Washington, DC to visit with patients at Seacrest Studios.  During his visit, Flo Rida answered questions from patients both inside and outside of the studio and from the patient rooms. He played a game on air and got to take home his very own first place medal!

We learned about his life growing up with seven sisters and that he is a fraternal twin! Our patients asked him what other artists he would like to work with and he told us that Beyonce is at the top of his list. He topped off the visit with personalized autographs and pictures with patients and families. Congrats on your new single, Flo Rida …we hope to see you again soon!

Seacrest Studios Opens At Children’s National in Washington, D.C.

The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is thrilled to open Seacrest Studios today at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C.  We are so excited to share this broadcast media center with the patients and their families, and we hope it contributes positively to their healing process.

To celebrate the launch of our ninth Seacrest Studios, we invited our friends Lucy Hale, Cam, Katie Ledecky and Robin Thicke to help Ryan with the first broadcast.

In addition to spending time with the patients, Cam entertained the crowd with her acoustic rendition of Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson‘s “Uptown Funk.” During her live performance, the country singer-songwriter tossed to Robin, who triggered laughter with his vocal improvisation of the track’s funky beat.

RSF ambassador Nick Jonas, who is busy promoting his Future Now tour with Demi Lovato, was unable to attend the ceremony, but he made sure to send his love via Twitter.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the day, or follow along on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be a part of the fun!

See more photos from the event down below:

 

Sweetest ever. #seacreststudios @ryanfoundation @ryanseacrest

 

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owe it all to you Nate. Thx for being a champion for #SeacrestStudios at @childrensnational

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loved meeting all the patients at @childrensnational today. You guys are the real rockstars #SeacrestStudios

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