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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!!

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!