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Megan Nicole Inspires Patients At Seacrest Studios Colorado

Recap written by Seacrest Studios Intern, Miranda McHodgkins
Photos by Chris Coleman
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Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital Colorado got a special visit from the multi-talented singer/ songwriter/actress/model, Megan Nicole, during her 2016 tour stop in Denver, CO. Megan hung out with patients, performed two songs, played games, signed autographs, and posed for pictures.

Lots of kids were eager to ask questions, so the interview began right away with Maya asking, “what is your favorite TV show?” Megan pondered the question for a few seconds as she explained she goes through “Netflix binges.” She then decided on ‘Bob’s Burger’s, which is her all-time favorite show. “I just love the whole family. It’s hilarious and Tina Belcher is one of my favorite characters,” said Megan. Raja asked, “If you could enter a food eating contest, what food would you eat?” Megan quickly replied with cheese pizza as her answer. Fun fact though, Megan didn’t like pizza until she was 12-years-old!

Abby asked if there was a backstory to Megan’s popular song, ‘Mascara.’ Megan said there was…she wasn’t in a very good relationship and decided that she was done crying over the guy and wasn’t going to waste her energy on him. After that she came up with the line ‘I’m not going to waste my mascara on you.’ “I just hope that people are able to listen to it and can feel empowered and know that they shouldn’t let anyone else bring them down,” said Megan. This made Raja curious if all her songs have backstories and Megan said, yes they do! “A lot of them I write from personal experiences or friends experiences and I also pull inspiration from the world around me.” Megan thinks it’s a fun process to express herself through song writing. Another song that patients asked about was ‘Summer Forever.’ Megan laughed because she had actually written the song in December when it was cold; she wanted to have a fun song that captured what summer time meant to her, which is being carefree and hanging out with friends.

Megan’s attempt at Backwards Forward had her laughing as she attempted to say “blue sushi” backwards. When Megan’s backwards phrase was reversed, it sounded more like “grandma’s sushi” than “blue sushi,” filling the studio with laughter. Some other fun facts the we learned about Megan: she is a huge Star Wars fan and Chewbacca is her favorite character. Her favorite activity to do in the snow is tubing. And her favorite ride at Disney Land is Splash Mountain.

After asking her tons of questions, the studio was ready to hear Megan sing. She launched into her tune, ‘Mascara,’ the studio full of fans sang along. Megan was kind enough to sing an encore and decided to play ‘Summer Forever,’ again being joined by the studio audience. Before Megan signed autographs and took pictures with everyone she wanted to share this advice: “Whatever it is you’re passionate about, love and, enjoy—work hard at it and don’t give up. That’s something I’ve learned along the way.” Then she thanked everyone for having her in the studio.

It was so fun having Megan in the studio and we hope she visits again when she’s in Colorado!

Straight No Chaser Performs At Seacrest Studios

By Whitney Osborne, Seacrest Studios Intern

Seacrest Studios at Cincinnati Children’s was so excited to welcome all ten members of the a cappella group Straight No Chaser!  It was a wonderful day with exceptional music.  The men got their start in the mid-1990s as college students at Indiana University and let us in on a little secret—they sang to meet their fellow female classmates and get free food!  After college, it was time to get “grown up” jobs and scatter around the country.  But many years later, the group posted a reunion song on YouTube and a music executive called and offered them a record deal.

Straight No Chaser could not emphasize enough (to the patients) the opportunities available with platforms such as YouTube.  But the message was consistent throughout—that they should be exploring music for the fun of it.

After a very entertaining interview with our patients and families, Straight No Chaser performed the holiday hit “Christmas Can-Can” and a cover of Pharrell’s “Happy.”  They even took requests from our audience!  After showing off their talents, they split into two teams to play a popular studio game show.  Laughter and jokes filled the studio during the visit. At the end of their visit, Straight No Chaser took time to visit and take photos with all the families that came to see them. We thank Straight No Chaser for the wonderful afternoon and the entertainment they provided the studio and viewers at Cincinnati Children’s!