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We’re Better When… Meghan Trainor Stops By Seacrest Studios!

Our long time friend, Meghan Trainor, stopped by Seacrest Studios at Children’s National and we were feelin’ all the ways! Patients and families greeted her with a warm, D.C. welcome and we were so excited to ask her questions on-air.

Meghan talked about her rise to stardom, hit songs, who inspires her, and what we can expect from her in the future! Patients in the studio and in their rooms were able to talk with Meghan as she made sure that no question was left unanswered.

One patient alluded to her song,“Dance Like Yo Daddy”, and asked Meghan if she was able to touch her toes. Meghan stood up from her chair and showed patients that she can indeed touch her toes and she can even touch the floor. We were one big happy family when Meghan pointed to the front of the studio and introduced us to her mom, her brother, and her fiancé. She said that her family travels everywhere with her and that they are her biggest support system and good luck charm.

Not only did Meghan visit us right before the holidays, but she even celebrated an early birthday with us. Her new friends at Children’s National gave her a special birthday present and sang Happy Birthday on-air. She was touched by the birthday wishes adding “Guys that was so nice. Thank you!” When asked if she would live in a tree house or a castle, Meghan chose tree house saying that she would decorate it really cute too.

Meghan topped off her awesome visit with pictures and autographs; taking the time to talk to everyone who was inside and outside of the studio. These Megatronz can’t wait to see what she does next and hope she can visit Seacrest Studios again soon!

RSF Ambassador Nick Jonas Visits Seacrest Studios in Atlanta!

Ryan Seacrest Foundation Ambassador and Seacrest Studios favorite, Nick Jonas, returned to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to visit patients before his performance at iHeart Radio’s annual Jingle Ball. The singer, who has visited Seacrest Studios Atlanta many times, is always up for whatever shenanigans we throw at him.

This time it happened to be a fun Q&A game called “Only Your Bro’ Knows”. Of course, without his brothers Kevin, Joe or Frankie present, there’s no way of knowing how “accurate” Nick’s answers really were! He’s always a good time and we can’t thank him enough for spreading some cheer at Seacrest Studios!

 

 

Flo Rida “Shows Love” To Seacrest Studios

Flo Rida packed the house at Seacrest Studios when he stopped by for a visit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Taking a break from rehearsals for his performance at the Jingle Ball, Flo Rida answered a wide variety of questions from excited patients, and ended his appearance by meeting with and signing autographs for all in attendance!

Sporting a Santa hat and his signature sunglasses, Flo Rida enlightened the audience about what got him into music.  His passion started at fourteen years old when he would listen to tapes in his aunt’s garage with his cousins and eventually started coming up with his own raps.  Flo Rida, whose hits include “Good Feeling” and “Wild Ones,” cited his cousins as the ones who encouraged him to continue pursuing music.

One of the audience’s most burning questions was how he came up with his famous moniker.  Flo Rida, whose real name is Tramar Dillard, explained that he and his friends were stumped as to what his performing name should be until he had the inspiration to pay homage to his home state – Florida.  The name also has significance because of his fast rapping style, which is referred to as “flow.”

His visit to CHOP is just one of the many charitable things he does.  He talked about his two charities, Florida Youth Football League and Big Dreams for Kids Foundation.  Both are dedicated to improving the lives of children, a cause which to close to his heart.  He emphasized how important it is to him to show his gratitude for all he has and to give back to others.  “Be humble, show love,” he stated, adding that he loves to receive smiles and give smiles to others.

Flo Rida’s music career is so busy that, when asked by a patient, he could not remember how many songs he has made.  A lot of these songs are collaborations, which he said that he enjoys doing because they allow him to make new friends, as well as grow as an artist. T-Pain has been his favorite collaborator, because of the huge success of their song “Low,” which was one of Flo’s early hits.

Everyone had a great time meeting Flo Rida and hearing his answers to the many questions he was asked. It was a great visit and we hope he stops by again the next time he is in Philadelphia!
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Written by Seacrest Studios intern, Erin McInerney 

CHOC Patients attend KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball!

There were smiles filling up the Staples Center, as Children Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) patients Robert and Lorena, along with their guests, got a VIP experience at the annual holiday showcase. Performing their biggest hits of the year, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, New Politics, Travie McCoy, Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Fifth Harmony WOW-ed the crowd, and even made time to meet some of their biggest fans before hitting the stage.

Robert and Lorena were first in line, posing for photos with the X-Factor stars: Fifth Harmony. Selena Gomez then extended open arms, calming the star-struck group with her sweet disposition and friendly conversation. Miley Cyrus shook hands with the patients, showing her silly side in photos, and reminding everyone to stay through the whole show to see her performance. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis made their way backstage, giving each fan the opportunity to pose for a photo in between the dynamic duo. CHOC patient, Robert, greeted Ariana Grande, complimenting her angelic outfit by saying, “you look like you should be at the top of a Christmas tree.”

The high-energy night was topped off with a visit from Ryan Seacrest himself, shaking hands with just a few of the people that his foundation has touched.

You can find all the great pictures and video from this truly special night on KIIS’s FM’s website!

Thank you to everyone at KIIS FM for making it such a memorable night!
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Written by Seacrest Studios intern, Mandi Ortiz.
Pictures by KIIS FM