Nothin’ Like… Christmas Eve With Ryan Seacrest & Dan + Shay!

It was the morning of Christmas Eve when Ryan Seacrest made a surprise visit to Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Greeted with a running hug from patient, Chase, the visit proceeded with live performances from Billboard chart-topping country duo, Dan + Shay.

The Nashville-based band started the visit with their own rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” before jumping into current number-one “Speechless.” They came full-circle and finished with their first ever country hit, “Nothin’ Like You,” from the debut album Where It All Began.  

Between songs patients asked all three special guests pressing questions. Chase naturally stepped in as interviewer wanting to know, “If you were stuck in an elevator and forced to listen to only one song, what would it be?”

Both Dan and Shay had an immediate answer come to mind:

Dan: Happier by Bastille and Marshmello
Shay: I will Always Love You by Whitney Houston

Chase’s answer? “Fireflies” by Owl City.

This prompted a quick follow up question – Have you ever been stuck in an elevator? While patients recounted some laughable elevator moments, Ryan Seacrest took the cake when he told a story from New Year’s Eve three years ago:

“It was a normal day. We were riding up to the ball to practice for New Year’s Rockin’ Eve when our elevator got stuck.”

Ryan Seacrest

Firefighters were called, and everyone involved was relieved the incident did not happen while broadcasting live. 

With the holidays in mind, another patient asked,“If you could be a character in any holiday movie, who would you be?” While the entire studio laughed at Ryan’s quick-witted answer that his height would categorize him as an elf, Shay won the prize for best response.

“I would be the good guy… in every Hallmark movie ever.”

Shay Mooney

After celebrating Christmas Eve, and Ryan’s 44th birthday, the visit concluded with a toy giveaway from JAKKS Pacific and a meet & greet with all three stars.

We are unbelievably grateful for Dan + Shay, Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and all those who came together to make this Christmas Eve in #SeacrestStudios one patients and families will never forget.

Dan + Shay Sing Along With Patients At Seacrest Studios

Video created by: Chris Coleman
Photos taken by: Chris Coleman
Recap written by: Cody Hudson and Chris Coleman

The country music duo Dan + Shay paid a special visit to the Seacrest Studios in Children’s Hospital Colorado. The group was in town opening for Blake Shelton that night at the Pepsi Center on their Ten Times Crazier Tour.

Dan and Shay were greeted by a room full of excited kids as they took their seats to eagerly explain the story of how they got their start as a group in December, 2012. Dan recalled that he didn’t have enough money to pay for heat, so he created a tent inside his living room to stay warm. Shay laughed as he said it “felt like something out of Narnia” and Dan reported that it gave the feeling of writing songs and playing guitar in a circus tent.

When asked about the headliner on their current tour, Blake Shelton, Dan reported that Blake always plays basketball before the show but looks pretty goofy in his basketball shorts. Shay likes to poke fun at Blake’s age, telling him, “You’re like a grandfather to me.”

Then we threw the interview to the kids; Angelina asked, “Would you rather have a unicorn, alicorn, pegasus, or flying pink moustache as a pet?” The duo was in total agreement; the best way to go would be with a unicorn with a hot-pink moustache!

One patient asked about animals and Dan described his dog, Joy, who loves to tour and meet fans. Dan even joked that Joy is more popular than he and Shay, especially on social media. A starstruck teen asked just how tall the guys are. “With or without our hair?” Shay asked with out missing a beat, giving a nod to his tall hairdo. “It’s a 5 inch difference!” he laughed.

Other kid-questions included “what do you think is the greatest invention?” With little hesitation Shay responded, “the guitar…and girls,” (which got a good laugh from the studio audience) while Dan shared that he is huge coffee fan so he is grateful for the automatic flavored coffee machines. The kids in the studio also learned that Dan and Shay are big ping pong fans, but Shay reports that Dan is the better player. When asked what they would do with 5,000 ping pong balls they excitedly answered, “play 5,000 games of ping pong!”

Dan and Shay performed their latest single, “Show You Off,” inviting the audience to sing along on the “ay-oh” parts of the chorus. There was no hesitation in playing a game that has quickly become a celebrity-visit studio favorite, Backwards Forwards. Dan went first and attempted the phrase, “Where It All Began,” (the title of their current album). When this was played backwards the studio erupted in laughter and Dan remarked it sounded like Shay’s language late at night. Dan had to retry his challenge, “Ten Times Crazier” (the tour they are currently on), after he broke down laughing while attempting the backwards version.

Before the guys spent time taking photos and signing autographs, Dan and Shay gave a special shout out to a patient upstairs and left the kids with an encouraging message. “No matter what you do or dream, never give up on it because the craziest dreams can definitely come true!”

Huge thanks to Dan + Shay for brightening the day at Children’s Hospital Colorado!

Dan + Shay + Seacrest Studios!

One of country music’s newest duos, Dan + Shay, stopped by Seacrest Studios in Charlotte this week!

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney brought energy and music to Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH.)  The Warner Brothers Records Nashville stars told patients about life on the road (they are currently on tour with Hunter Hayes) and about being best friends.  Their album, “Where It All Began,” debuted at number one on the country charts when it dropped in April, making Dan + Shay the first country duo to ever land their debut album on top!

The patients at LCH learned that Shay used to pretend Michael Jordan was his imaginary friend, and that watching movies on the tour bus is a daily ritual for the duo.

The singers, who have written over 90 songs together, told patients to never give up – a message that was much needed!

We were thrilled to have the “19 You + Me” singers visit our studio in Charlotte – the ACM nominated duo will remain at the top of the charts in our hearts!