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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!

The Wicked Witch & Tin Man Visit Seacrest Studios Atlanta

Video by: Barbara Rego (former Seacrest Studios intern)

Patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta eagerly awaited the arrival of the Wicked Witch and the Tin Man  – as the live production of The Wizard of Oz blew into town.

We learned that the Wicked Witch isn’t wicked at ALL!…in fact, Shani Hadjian, who plays the Wicked Witch of the West, Ms. Gulch, charmed everyone with stories of what happened when she forgot a line in the middle of the show, started to giggle on stage from something a young audience member yelled, and the magic of how she “melts!” Jay McGill, who plays the Tin Man, confessed that Stage Fright is real (he’s had it!), and bragged that he can do an entire costume/make-up change in two minutes (because he has to!)  The actors fielded patient questions left and right which made for a wonderful afternoon. And in the end, it was unanimous….”There’s NO PLACE like Seacrest Studios!”

Many thanks for their wonderful visit!

DNCE Returns To Seacrest Studios Atlanta For A Second Visit

Patients were very excited to welcome DNCE  to Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for their second visit. Our interns chatted with the band about what they’ve been up to since their last visit and Joe, Jinjoo, Cole and Jack told everyone that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is always the highlight of their day. Since we last saw them, DNCE performed in Grease Live! in January, released a new single and music video, and appeared at numerous award shows.  They’re currently touring with Selena Gomez on her US Revival Tour until July 8.

The band discussed their favorite parts of touring and how ecstatic they were when their huge hit Cake By The Ocean went double platinum recently.  Jinjoo and Joe shared their love of SnapChat filters and Cole said Fantasia is his most favorite Disney movie. When asked if he “could eavesdrop on a conversation between any two people, who would it be?” Joe responded, “the Ninja Turtles.” That was followed by one very young patient giving Joe his own Ninja Turtle figure. Joe promptly put it in his pocket!

Some patients asked about the origin of the band name, and Cole shared that it was actually a typo that turned into a huge success.  DNCE even wished a Happy Birthday to one lucky patient…talk about a great birthday present!

After the interview, the group signed posters for the patients and took photos with everyone. We love when DNCE visits us and we can’t wait for them to stop by again.

Emblem3 Performs 3 Of Their Hits For Patients In Seacrest Studios Atlanta

Emblem3 felt the love from patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta when they performed an acoustic set of “End o Of The Summer”, “Chloe”, and “XO” in Seacrest Studios.

The band asked patients for their song requests from their latest EP and then sang snippets from each one. The fun-loving guys with a knack for freestyling were put to the test to create a couple of verses using random words drawn out of a hat. They didn’t disappoint!  Using “Kanye”, “guacamole”, “flip flop” and “cheese,” Emblem3 whipped up a rap fans couldn’t believe!

And in the Q&A, patients may or may not have learned who inspired their hit song “Chloe” and if a Kardashian Christmas party had anything to do with it! Hmmm. We’ll leave you to wonder! Thank you Emblem3 for an amazing visit to Seacrest Studios Atlanta. Until next time!

 

Jake Peavy and Coy Bowles Perform Together at Seacrest Studios Atlanta

Music & Sports!….and a PARTY of sorts!!  The two worlds collided in spectacular fashion at Seacrest Studios  in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, when San Francisco Giants pitcher, Jake Peavy & his friend Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band popped in to greet a studio full of enthusiastic fans.

Fresh off the mound after an impressive outing against our Atlanta Braves, Peavy celebrated his birthday jamming with Bowles and a host of other talented musicians. Hours later, the celebration resumed in Seacrest Studio with performances from Jake and Coy, story time with Coy as he read his latest book, Will Powers– Where There’s A Will There’s A Way, and gifts – a patient-made birthday card for Jake and signed baseballs from him and autographed books from Coy! The two, both with southern roots, impressed patients, families and staff with their kindness and generosity. Thanks to Jake and Coy for such a special day in studio.

Kevin Spacey Makes A Special Visit To Seacrest Studios Atlanta

While in town filming, Kevin Spacey spent his Saturday morning cracking jokes with patients in Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The patients asked a slew of silly questions and learned that he has a dog named Boston, used to drive a 1968 VW Bug and loves the color blue.  It was so much fun getting to know him and the young musician, Marissa, he brought with him to perform in studio. We loved having Kevin in studio and hope he visits again soon!

 

The Florida State Seminoles Make A Special Stop At Seacrest Studios Atlanta

Led by a police escort, the Florida State Seminoles football team came charging into Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta passing out FSU souvenirs and Chick-Fil-A cows to loyal fans.

While some team members toured the floors, others headed to Seacrest Studios for fun and games. Head Coach Jimbo Fisher and  All-Americans Dalvin Cook and Jalen Ramsey fielded questions about their upcoming game. It had been a week of team challenges for the ‘Noles, so we conducted a few of our own in Seacrest Studios which they tackled with enthusiasm.

Cheers to the maroon and gold for an outstanding season and an unforgettable day at Children’s that can best be described as a VICTORY!

Dancing With The Stars Live! Makes A Memorable Visit To Seacrest Studios

Several cast members from the sold out Dancing With The Stars Live! Tour spent part of their New Year’s Eve day dancing with new partners – the patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  The studio couldn’t contain all the fun which spilled out into the lobby. The professional dancers were equally inspired by such beautiful and courageous patients.  Many thanks for such a special day!