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Travis Scott Celebrates Seacrest Studios’ 8th Birthday at CHOA!

You know it’s a big deal when E! News wants the scoop…and a BIG DEAL it was when rapper and record-producer, Travis Scott stopped into Seacrest Studios recently to help celebrate the studios’ 8th birthday at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Though there was already a party vibe with decorations and cupcakes, Travis was definitely the icing on the cake to this birthday celebration!  Also worth celebrating….the success of Travis Scott’s latest studio album, Astroworld, which has officially made it to platinum status!  The generous star even went out of his way to bring birthday presents (in the form of tour merchandise!), so every single patient walked away with their choice of hat, t-shirt or sweatshirt!

It was a lively and fun Q&A session with the patients and when one parent asked how tough it was to be on tour without his baby daughter, Travis was happy to share that he brought his two favorite roadies—Kylie Jenner and Stormi–along with him! It really got interesting when we played a round of “Scott or Not” and learned he’s okay with wearing matching holiday pajamas but not so much when it comes to changing diapers (many others in attendance would agree!)

It was certainly a visit we’ll never forget! Thank you Travis for making this Seacrest Studios’ birthday the BEST yet! #8isgreat!

 

Riley Clemmons Makes Second and Third Trips to Seacrest Studios!

Talk about feeling inspired!  Patients were very “SMILEY” with RILEY after Christian pop singer, Riley Clemmons recently performed for grateful families in Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Levine Children’s Hospital!

Among her favorites, she sang “Better For It’ and “Hold On”.  Everyone was in awe of the 18 year old’s range, level of talent and maturity.  One fan was so excited to meet Riley after telling her she listens to her music every night before she goes to bed.  Another parent couldn’t help but admire how the young singer managed to find just the right words to comfort and encourage everyone in attendance.

Following her fantastic mini-concert in Atlanta, we wrapped up the visit with a fun game of Riley IN or Riley OUT? (with everyone else playing along ultimately!) We learned she’s IN with sushi, rollercoasters, sky diving, reality TV, karaoke with friends and the “floss” and OUT with scary movies, dyeing her hair purple, swimming with sharks and Uber pool.  Thank you Riley Clemmons for such a fun and uplifting visits! We are all “Better For It!”

 

Disney’s Aladdin Brings Magic to Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

It was as if a genie granted our wish when cast members from Disney’s Aladdin – the hit Broadway musical, stopped into Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently!  The musical scored great reviews from Atlanta critics but the visit to the studio scored even better reviews from patients!  After previewing the movie Aladdin earlier in the week, patients and families were excited to meet Clinton Greenspan (Aladdin), Lissa deGuzman (Jasmine), Zach Bencal (Babkak) and Michelle West (Ensemble) and chat about everything from speedy costume changes to special effects!

Interestingly, all four hail from different cities, and many took different paths (singing vs. dancing vs. acting vs. sports) to get where they are today – terrific performers enjoying their dream job!  It’s a good thing this talented foursome loves what they do because Aladdin, the musical will be on tour until 2020! There was no shortage of questions, just limited time as the cast had to head straight to rehearsal before the show that night. We are so grateful for the opportunity to meet the wonderful stars of Aladdin. Thank you for taking the time to visit and continued good luck with the tour!

 

Jason Mraz Performs “Have It All” for Patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta!

Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz showed up at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with his all-female back-up singers to perform for patients and families in Seacrest Studios recently. Jason makes positivity a priority and it was evident from his visit!  He was so much fun, joking with and encouraging patients, living up to the lyrics in his song, “Have It All.”

We learned he has performed on every continent and his favorite place was Myanmar, where he sang for over 70,000 people even though it was illegal (until then) to have gatherings over twelve! Jason even taught us a phrase from Myanmar that inspired his song, “Have It All!” When a patient asked Mraz if he had ever forgotten his lyrics while on stage he mentioned one of his band members gave him the following piece of advice…”Say MEOW in place of the forgotten lyrics!”  Then Jason admitted he had been “meowing” at one of his recent concerts! Thank you for such a great visit Jason!

 

AJ Mitchell Performs for Patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Fresh off his performance on the TODAY show, singer songwriter and social media sensation, AJ Mitchell, popped into Seacrest Studios and performed for patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! Here to promote his new EP, Hopeful, the 17-year old talked about how exciting the last couple of years have been since moving from his small town in Illinois to Los Angeles to pursue his career as a recording artist and songwriter.

Having started piano at age four, it was no surprise to his parents that by age six, Mitchell has already written his first song — featuring a little bird. He even sang a verse or two before performing “I Don’t Want You back” and “Girls,” both on his debut EP. AJ hopes to go on tour next year, and we hope Atlanta will be one of his stops! Best of luck to this rising star, and thank you for visiting us in Seacrest Studios!

 

Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers, Visits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta!

And the winner is….

Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! We scored big time with a visit from the beautiful and talented, Miss USA 2018, Sarah Rose Summers! Just two moths into her reign as Miss USA, Sarah Rose felt right at home in a hospital setting – a place she’d become familiar with earlier in her career as a certified Child Life Specialist. She was an instant favorite among patients and families.

She encouraged questions from the audience, citing it was “practice” for her upcoming Miss Universe pageant in December, and for the “talent portion” of the visit, Sarah Rose promptly volunteered to learn – and participate in –  the popular dance move coined “the floss” with an excited patient.

Many pictures, autographs, hugs and smiles later Sarah Rose is headed back to NYC. Thank you so much for visiting Seacrest Studios a second time! We are honored you want to visit all ten, and cannot wait to cheer you on in the Miss Universe pageant!

 

Blake Cooper Stops by Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta!

Actor, Blake Cooper returned to Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently and shared a special advanced screening of his new movie, Measure of A Man. Blake stars as a bullied teen who experiences a turning-point summer in which he learns to stand up for himself.  The Atlanta native revealed what it was like to share screen time with the great Donald Sutherland and other fun facts about shooting the film in Rhode Island. Blake admitted he’s his own worst critic when it comes to watching himself in theaters, but his young fans in the studio gave him TWO THUMBS UP for his latest performance!  In preparation for his next role where he landed the lead character in the family movie drama, Chance, Blake had to endure many hours in a hair salon going from brunette to blonde! He’s headed to Cincinnati to begin filming but we can’t wait to have this talented and kind-hearted star back home and in the studio again to share more of his adventures with us!

 

R5 Gives Patients Advice About Following Their Dreams!

Written by Seacrest Studios Intern: Brittany Wade

Patients and families welcomed R5 to our Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! During their interview, they talked about how the fans love their new, self-produced album, and they said the best part about being in a band with your siblings is being with each other all the time. Ross talked about how much fun he had on the set of “Austin and Ally” while also making music with the band.

R5 performed their hits “If” and “Smile.” The band even invited a patient to sing a song from “Austin and Ally” with them! When asked for any advice they would give to our little stars in the hospital, they replied, “Practice hard and play because you love it.” Patients loved getting to meet and take pictures with the band. We loved having R5 in the studio and we look forward to their next visit!

DanTDM Visits Seacrest Studios Atlanta & Talks Minecraft!

You Tube Star, DanTDM  hopped across the pond from his British home to visit excited patients at Seacrest Studios in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta… and it seemed like almost all of his 15 million subscribers were in attendance! Okay, so not all 15 million…but suffice it to say  the majority of the patient population at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta are Minecraft aficionados and were thrilled to meet The Diamond Minecart live and in person!

Dan couldn’t have been nicer! He spent the majority of his time answering patient questions, and taking game/video suggestions willingly. He even made patients part of his daily vlog! Aside from missing his wife, Jemma, and his pugs, DanTDM is happy to be touring the United States and meeting his fans while performing before sold out shows. We’re so grateful he made Seacrest Studios Atlanta one of his stops!

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Atlanta Studio Manager

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

MEET WENDY!

Wendy is the studio manager at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (our first studio!) and has been with Seacrest Studios since the very first day we opened.

More about Wendy, in her own words:

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios: I’ve worked at Seacrest Studios since the first studio was born – November 5, 2010
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: My absolute favorite thing to do is connecting, one-on-one with each patient (whether through a game or just simple conversation).
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): My most memorable studio guest would have to be actor, CHRIS PRATT – because he called ahead to find out how many patients were in the hospital at the time because he wanted to personally send over a Jurassic World toy to each and every patient. He sent over boxes and boxes of toys ahead of time so they would be here when he came. He handed one out to every single person, along with hugs, fist bumps and high fives!
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): I can juggle!

Thank you Wendy, for your dedication to our studio in Atlanta and for making SO many patients happy over the years. We are lucky to have you as part of the RSF family!