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Lana Del Rey Makes a Special Surprise Visit to Seacrest Studios!

By: Katie Klochany

Patients were all smiles when Grammy nominated artist and friend to Seacrest Studios, Lana Del Rey, made a surprise appearance at Monroe Carroll Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Immediately after landing in Nashville, the talented musician stopped by the studio to answer questions, sign autographs, and play games with patients in the hospital.

Before heading to Bridgestone Arena for her “Lust for Life” tour, fans were let into the singer’s inner circle learning how she tackles nerves and prepares for a big show. With a musical family and an uncle in Nashville, Lana confessed she feels more anxious when playing a smaller venue such as The Ryman, over a larger show like Bridgestone Arena. She then gave patients the inside scoop on her pre-show ritual: Lemons, hot water, and 30 minutes watching another artist give a live pop performance to spark her own energy. The visit continued with questions from patients like, “What is your favorite emoji?” In a struggle to determine just one studio-goers learned she loves both the double pink hearts and the unicorn.

After all questions had been answered, the singer was swept into a game of “Lana Del YAY or Lana Del NAY”.  Featured in the video above, Lana was prompted with questions to which she had to quickly respond with a ping pong paddle: one side featuring a happy photo, yay, and the other more intense, nay.

In a room full of fishbowl questions tightly clenched between small fingers, Lana Del Rey set out to make a rainy Tuesday just a little bit brighter. With a lingering smile she noted, excursions such as visiting Seacrest Studios make touring through countless cities all the more meaningful. Thank you for visiting with so many incredible patients throughout your tour Lana, you’ve left fish pebble in our hands, and a stamp on our hearts!

 

Diana DeGarmo & Ace Young, Play “Finish the Lyric” at Seacrest Studios

Video by intern: Savannah Stewart, from Lipscomb University

Recap by: Sierra Sparks, from Lipscomb University

The dynamic duo of husband and wife, Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young made a visit to Monroe Carroll Jr. Children’s Hospital to help spread some cheer! The American Idol stars joined forces and played an exciting game of “Finish the Lyric!” Patients clapped along and sang while the couple tag-teamed the game! Together they were the perfect blend of fun and spunkiness—just what our friends at Children’s Hospital needed!

Diana and Ace were a delight to have in the Studios and we hope to have them back soon!

 

Khalid spends his first time in Nashville at Seacrest Studios!

19-year-old, five-time Grammy nominee, Khalid, visited Seacrest Studios in Nashville for the River of Hope Radiothon at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Reminiscing on a tweet from three years ago, Khalid mentioned he has always dreamed of attending the Grammys. However, he never imagined doing so as a nominee. Khalid explained, “Back in 2014 when I had tweeted ‘I want to go to the Grammys’, I just wanted to sit at the Grammys. I just wanted to see the joy in everyone’s face when they were given the award that they deserve.” He then went on to encourage patients to follow their dreams, even if they might not know what that dream is yet. 

As a member of the Musicians On Call organization, Khalid spoke to the power of music in his life. He can’t help but smile during all of his performances as he witnesses the unspoken joy music brings to an audience. He aspires to use his platform to talk to individuals who continuously push for music while combating negativity in the world. 

Following an a cappella performance of his hit song “Location,” Khalid spent time answering questions from patients. We learned random facts about his favorite snacks, which include Swiss rolls and red Starbursts, as well as his dream superpower of teleporting to Paris for dinner. When patient Ryan asked how he sings so well, studio goers learned the inside scoop of Khalid’s mom and how she raised him around music, encouraging his vocal talent. Khalid then shared his reasoning behind joining the Musicians On Call organization: Simply put he loves people and aspires to spread joy and positivity throughout the world. 

Thank you for spreading so much laughter and positivity in Seacrest Studios, Khalid! You are welcome back any time!

Brett Eldredge brings Smiles and Songs to Seacrest Studios in Nashville!

By Savannah Stewart, Lipscomb University

Country star, Brett Eldredge, popped in to Seacrest Studios in Nashville to visit his friends at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt!  He sat down at the microphone next to our friends Jayden and Sophie to hang out and sing some songs.  Eldredge sang us “Long Way” off of his new album.  The music video for the song had just been released days before – and of course we got the scoop on what making a music video is like!  Brett also showed off some of his favorite dance moves – “The Eldredge” is “all in the shoulders!”

A game of “Never Have I Ever” was also necessary.  A few secrets came out from Eldredge along the way! He let us know that he has gone to the Principal’s office multiple times and loves his dog a lot – even enough to have tried a dog treat to see what his dog had been eating!

Brett took pictures with all of his Seacrest Studios fans, sang a couple chorus’ with aspiring young artists, and did a few model poses with patients.  We loved our time with Brett Eldredge and look forward to his next visit!

 

Noah Cyrus Gives Patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital a Look Into Her Life

By Sierra Sparks, Lipscomb University

Teen pop star and actress, Noah Cyrus, made a special visit to Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital while visiting her family in Nashville! While touring with Katy Perry, Cyrus spent her off day playing games, creating fashionable hospital gowns, and hanging out with our patients!

Children and their families waited eagerly inside the studio for the chance to meet this spunky star!

During Noah’s visit, she gave patients a look into her life. She told our friends at Children’s Hospital that she loves glitter and rhinestones! If she were to design her own hospital gown, she would immediately add those two signature elements to give her gown the “Noah style”.

Noah also shared with our audience some struggles she faces about being in the music industry. She gave our friends an insight into what it’s like growing up famous, and how she experiences sickness, just like the rest of us. She encouraged our patients to never let a stumble be the end of their journey.

After Noah met with patients and took pictures, she shared with us how much she loved her visit to Children’s Hospital. Noah was gracious enough to invite patients to her show the following night. We loved getting to spend our day with Noah, and can’t wait to have her come for another visit!

 

 

The Seacrest Studios Nashville Intern Experience: Summer 2017 Edition

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Recap by: Mamie Shepherd

Video by: Michelle Klein, Elon University

The summer of 2017 provided another incredible internship opportunity for qualified college students at Seacrest Studios Nashville!  Students gained first-hand experience in broadcasting and programming right in the heart of Music City!

Our student teams worked to produce entertaining, creative, and enlightening on-air content for young patients and their families.  Interns learned the technical side of operations by taking turns working the radio board, microphones, and camera equipment.

Seacrest Studios provided unbelievable opportunities for students to develop their on-air skills, widen their broadcasting knowledge, enhance their writing skills, and learn about advertisement and marketing as it relates to studio and hospital events.

Students in Nashville interacted with many important movers and shakers in the music and entertainment industry, along with prominent sports stars, donors, and community partners.

Take a look at the video for a glimpse into a summer spent in Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The Ryan Seacrest Foundation currently has 10 broadcasting centers across the United States. For more information about interning at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, or at any of the other studios across the country, take a look at our “Get Involved” tab!

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Nashville 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 MAMIE!

We are so grateful that Mamie, the studio manager at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, has dedicated so much time and love to Seacrest Studios. Mamie started as an intern at our Seacrest Studios in Atlanta and then helped us open and manage our studio in Charlotte. After a few years in Charlotte, she made the move to Nashville to help open and run our studio there.

Her dedication to our studios is inspiring and we want you to learn more about her in her own words:

  •  How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios: I have worked for Seacrest Studios for 6 (going on 7) years!  My first role was as an intern at our first studio in Atlanta!
  •  Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: My favorite thing to do in the studio is laugh! Whether that is in an interview, a lip sync battle, or a game – as long as we are laughing, that is my favorite activity!  What better thrill is there than to watch abrave child sing openly and laugh uncontrollably.
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): The opening of our Nashville studio was a pretty amazing memory with a global superstar guest: Taylor Swift! She surprised everyone!
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): I am from Texas – I can work wonders with a can of hairspray and a teasing comb! 🙂

Thank you, Mamie, for bringing your positive energy to Seacrest Studios and the patients every day!

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Amina!

Over the coming weeks, we are going to be shining the spotlight on some of the amazing people that help make our Seacrest Studios around the country so special. From our studio managers to our patients, these individuals are the heart of our studios and we are so happy to share their stories!

First up…Meet Amina!

Amina is 8 years old, a patient at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital (in Nashville) and a total Seacrest Studios rockstar!  When she is not in Seacrest Studios playing Bingo (her favorite in-studio activity) you can be sure to catch her singing, dancing, painting or creating art and other crafts (all of her special talents.)

A few more awesome things about Amina in her own words:

  1. What is your favorite song? All the music from “Frozen!” (Anna from “Frozen” is her favorite!)
  2. Who was your favorite studio guest(s)? Miss Tennessee USA, Allee-Sutton Hethcoat because “she was very friendly and we exchanged crowns and secrets. I also like the Weatherman (NewsChannel5’s Henry Rothenberg), because he is funny!”
  3. What is your favorite subject in school? Science
  4. What do you want to be when you grow up? Right now it’s between a Care Partner and a Teacher.

Thank you, Amina, for always brightening our studio with your beautiful smile and endless creativity!

 

Rascal Flatts Perform LIVE from Nashville!

Recap By Mamie Shepherd
Video Recap by Katie Klochany, Elon University
Pictures by John Russell/Vanderbilt University Medical Center
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Friends to Seacrest Studios, and award-winning country music trio, Rascal Flatts, gave a groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind, multi-studio concert from Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville.  It was groundbreaking because this appearance allowed patients from Washington, D.C.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; and Nashville, TN to come together by live stream to see and talk to “the most awarded country group of the past decade.” It was important to Rascal Flatts to reach as many sick and injured children as possible with their music.  The Flatts answered questions, signed autographs, and put on a concert that thrilled patients and families.

Rascal Flatts has sold over 22.5 million albums and has had 16 #1 single hits. The crowd that gathered in Nashville, and the fans watching from across the country, were delighted to have access to this incredibly talented group.

While on-air, the legendary Grand Ole Opry members performed some of their greatest hits including Bless the Broken RoadFast Cars and Freedom, and I Like the Sound of That!  Some very young fans of the movie, CARS, even brought their toy cars to be autographed recognizing Rascal Flatts as the performers who sang Life Is A Highway from the hit movie!

Seacrest Studios had started the season off early by playing songs from Rascal Flatts’ latest Christmas CD, The Greatest Gift of All.

It was fun to see The Flatts in person right after they were seen on the CMA Awards, and after their featured appearance on the hit country music video, Forever Country, where a long list of legends and newcomers joined together for one of the most incredible musical collaborations in country music history.

These generous singers acknowledged all that they have accomplished and all that they hope to do to help others.

Our holidays got a jump-start with Rascal Flatts and, because of their music and kindness, we will never be the same!

Seacrest Studios Goes Country With Kellie Pickler!

 

Recap by Mamie Shepherd

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Seacrest Studios at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN was featured on an episode of Kellie Pickler’s CMT reality show, “I Love Kellie Pickler.”  What an amazing experience this was for patients and families to not only get to meet country music’s sweetheart, but also participate in a real television show!

The episode brought Kellie and her singer/songwriter husband, Kyle Jacobs, to the studio and the laughs they generate cannot be contained!  Kellie charmed her way into the hearts of everyone at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital!  During her visit, she brought friends Ken Johnson, and Andi Zack-Johnson, along with her. This husband-wife duo, also known as Huck & Lilly, may be recognized by children for their work on the album, There’s A Tree Growing in my Room!  Ken and Andi brought contagious joy, wonderful music, and a fun sense of humor to the happy experience we all had at Seacrest Studios.

Patients and families were entertained by all of the fun during a Q&A session with Kellie.  Her answers were hilarious, and the giggles were non-stop!  We also learned how to Whip/Nae Nae and we enjoyed a funny version of Hospital Relay Challenge played by Kellie and her friends!

Kellie did pause from the laughs long enough to speak with patients about the importance of keeping good company – something we most certainly did when she came to the studio!

Our thanks to Kellie, Kyle, Andi, and Ken for a fun afternoon – one we will re-live this season on “I Love Kellie Pickler“!