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Ed Sheeran Makes Seacrest Studios Visit Extra Special For Patients

Recap written by: Seacrest Studio Intern, Maurie Mickey
Photos taken by: Seacrest Studio Intern, Katie Sorden
Video by: Chris Coleman with additional footage by Seacrest Studios Interns, Chelsea Ruybal and Micah Bridges
Additional production by: Cody Hudson and Seacrest Studio Intern, Molly Casey
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Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital Colorado had a very special visit from singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran during his 2015 tour for his album X. Ed Sheeran played two sold-out shows at Red Rocks that week, and said he enjoyed playing at the iconic venue because it was so beautiful and unlike any other concert venue in the world. However, the altitude in Colorado is still something he has to get used to performing in…he said he ran out of breath half way through his first show at Red Rocks!

The patients of the hospital kicked off his interview right away, and Grace asked him what his favorite ice cream flavor was. Ed answered chocolate and added that he likes chewy ice cream and likes to bite into something crunchy. He also is a big fan of an English novelty which is whipped ice cream in a can. Grace let him down easy saying that America unfortunately does not have ice cream in a can. Josie asked Ed if he did not have any bones what would he do. Ed reckoned that sky diving would be pretty cool, even though he is scared of heights.

Ed showed a different side to him when asked, “are you into metal?” he admitted that his first album he bought when he was younger was Slipknot and he enjoys listening to the heavier genre.When given a goofy “would you rather” question, he revealed that he would rather have hot sauce tooth paste over salami underwear, and contrary to popular belief his hair is actually naturally red.

He was  also asked what the significance of his album title was, and he explained, “I called my first album + (plus) which was quite weird to do, it’s just the plus sign. But I released five EP’s before I signed a record deal and then + was the addition on to that. And this one is called X (multiply) because it was meant to make everything bigger than + did. Like multiply the audience, multiply the sales, multiply the production. It was just meant to be a bigger album.”

When Caroline asked Ed what he would want to see in super slow-motion, the interview soon took a detour to watch Ed shake his head in super slow motion. Ed said, “That’s the first time I have ever done that and seen myself in super slow motion.” We found out Ed is on a plane almost everyday and has only spent two weeks in the house he has had for four years. He enjoys being on a plane however, because, “It’s the only time no one can get a hold of you, you are not constantly on your phone or on the internet, or Facebook, replying to emails, you are just zen.”

The studio inside and out was filled with handmade signs for Ed Sheeran and he immediately asked if he could keep them. After Olivia asked what his favorite tattoo was, the studio found out he likes them all because they are conversation starters, although he does have a special place for his Ketchup bottle tattoo (which reminds him of his first sold-out solo show) and his tattoo he got for his mom, because he’s “cute like that.”

Many thanks to Ed for making such a fun and memorable visit!

Ed Sheeran ‘Multiplies’ Happiness at Seacrest Studios!

Friend to Seacrest Studios, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Ed Sheeran, stopped by our studio in Charlotte, North Carolina!

Having come straight from the airport, Ed made Seacrest Studios his first stop in the Queen City – even before seeing the venue he was to perform at that night!

Patients were ecstatic to welcome the British singer to Levine Children’s Hospital! Ed sat down and immediately started talking to our patients, and answering their questions.  He was very candid with our audience, telling them, “You can ask whatever you want! It doesn’t have to be musical – it can even be a very awkward question that will make everyone feel uncomfortable.”  Patients loved that about him!

He told us all about meeting the Queen of England and the protocol that goes along with that! Ed talked about performing (he just released his second studio album, X, [pronounced as Multiply], in June) and about how he decides what to wear on stage.  Patients laughed when Ed told them about wanting to get light-up shoes to wear during a concert performance.  He even told us about his cat, his love for animals, and how he gets pictured with so many baby animals.  “I like animals, some of them happen to be babies. And the ones that get the most likes on Instagram are usually the small ones.”  Surprisingly, Ed’s phone does not go off every time someone likes one of his pictures on Instagram – we asked!

Ed answered questions from patients about his hit song, “The A Team,” and about what inspired him to become a singer.  The audience at Levine Children’s Hospital got a special performance of “The A Team” after a patient requested Ed sing it.

We appreciate Ed taking time out of his tight tour schedule to visit with our patients – his adoring fans.  He “multiplied” smiles at Seacrest Studios!

Ed Sheeran Performs “Lego House” At Seacrest Studios

Atlantic Records recording artist, Ed Sheeran, stopped by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta while on a concert stop with Taylor Swift’s Red Tour last week.  Sheeran, the UK certified quintuple platinum singer/songwriter, who insists on no-fuss and no entourages, charmed the patients who were lined up to see him at Seacrest Studios.  The overseas singing sensation, who is taking America by storm with his acoustic guitar performances, has a long fan list that includes Taylor Swift, One Direction, rock legend, Elton John, and now . . . the patients at CHOA!

After a Q&A session, Ed Sheeran picked up James II, his guitar, famously marked with the “+” symbol (the title of his debut album) and captivated everyone in the studio with his hits, “The A Team” and “Lego House.” When asked about his now-famous Red tattoo, marking his gig with Taylor Swift’s big tour this year, Sheeran took off his jacket to reveal the colorful artwork that decorates his arm. 

The “Lego House” singer spent time with each patient who had come to see him.  He autographed guitars and pictures.  Sheeran hung around for a while, giving each patient special encouragement.  You could see the delight in the face of patients when Sheeran reached out to speak to them.

Ed Sheeran will be on the road through September with Taylor Swift and there is no doubt that thousands will flock to see him perform but, in a little corner of Atlanta, his biggest fans will be remembering a special day, in a special place, when a rising star stopped to speak to them.  Thank you, Ed Sheeran!