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Patients Play “This or That” With British Band, Years and Years!

British synth-pop band, Years and Years, made a special visit to patients and families at Seacrest Studios in Washington DC. The talented trio lit up the studio with their electrifying personalities and warm spirits! There were tons of laughs and jokes going around from both the band and patients in the studio and up in their rooms.

The trio were asked hard hitting questions by our patient DJs. DJ BW called in and wanted to know- “Would you Rather never shower again for the rest of your life or never brush your teeth again for the rest of your life”. The bands reactions were mixed—with one member responding scientifically and thoughtfully saying “He would never brush his teeth again because you could always pop in a piece of bubblegum”. We were able to introduce the British band to some American staples such as Chick-fil-a, Wegmans grocery stores, Hulu, and Mambo Sauce.

One of the highlights of the visit was when the patients and band collectively made their best Chewbacca impression on-air! There wasn’t a dull moment in the studio as the patient DJs took over the mics. Before the visit ended, Years and Years played a speedy round of This or That. We soon learned who in the band is a cat or dog person, who prefers mayonnaise or BBQ sauce, and most importantly who favors pineapple pizza!

The visit was topped off with the band writing personalized messages and autographs to our friends in their rooms who were unable to join us in the studio. Thank you so much to our new friends, Years and Years for making our day brighter at Children’s National in Washington DC!

 

Miss USA Celebrates 4th of July with Patients at Children’s National!

According to Miss USA 2018, Sarah Rose Summers, this was the best 4th of July yet! She spent her entire evening at Children’s National, kicking off her visit in Seacrest Studios. Patients came prepared for the interview by asking her an array of questions. We even had a studio wide sing-a-long where we belted out a popular song on-air! Following our special on-air segment, we transitioned from the studio up to our outdoor Healing Garden where the party was just starting! Sarah Rose led a dance party with patients to the Cha Cha Slide, posed for photos with superheroes, took advantage of the face painting station, and created awesome crafts with patients. At the end of the night, we enjoyed the fireworks show where we could see fireworks from Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia! When the party was winding down, one patient said “I don’t want this night to end… I hope Miss USA comes back to visit”. It was a memorable July 4th for everyone at Children’s National!

 

 

The Unlikely Candidates Perform in Seacrest Studios at Children’s National!

The Unlikely Candidates made their first Seacrest Studios visit to patients and families atChildren’s National in Washington D.C.

DJ $ara, our Seacrest Studios patient correspondent, took over the mics and asked the band some awesome questions! We learned that when they’re on tour, they like to bring a blanket and pillow from home because it brings them comfort when they travel. Patients also joined the band for a fun round of Would you Rather! During the game, we asked would they rather perform a duet with Elton John or have a dance battle with Beyoncé. Their answers were split—half of the band wanting to join Elton John on stage and the other half wanting to dance it out with Beyoncé!

At the end of their visit, The Unlikely Candidates performed their song “Trampoline” live for patients and families. The energy was so strong and so positive in the studio that the guitarist actually broke his guitar strings in the middle of the song!

Thank you for an awesome visit! We hope to see you soon! 

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!

Tyler Miller Sings For Patients In Seacrest Studios Washington D.C.

Children’s National patients and families were so excited to welcome Tyler Miller to Seacrest Studios! We got to know Tyler on-air with a fun meet-and-greet followed by an awesome performance. Patients, families, and staff even stood outside the studio and watched and listened to his performance and were clapping from the atrium!

During his visit, he even helped one of our more shy patients come out of his shell and sing a Hamilton song on-air! When the patient finished singing, he looked over at Tyler and smiled and said “You aren’t the only one who can sing Tyler.” A staff member came in to the studio and wanted her picture with him and said “I can’t wait to see you on TV, you are something special.” It was a wonderful day and Tyler is always welcome to visit Seacrest Studios in Washington D.C!

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!

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.!