Christmas in…October! Miss USA Put Patients in the Holiday Spirit With Her Latest Visit to Levine Children’s Hospital!

Written Recap by Seacrest Studios Intern, Randi Moultrie

Miss USA 2018, Sarah Rose Summers, took time out of her schedule to stop by Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital to visit many patients that were anticipating her arrival. She got to meet some amazing patients and talk about their Halloween plans, their favorite Disney characters and she even gave us some early Christmas spirit by singing “Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer.”

After visiting patients, Sarah Rose came down to the studio to answer a few questions about how she deals with her nerves before a big pageant, what got her interested in becoming a child life specialist and how she felt in that moment of being crowned Miss USA 2018. “It was all vivid, until that moment,” Sarah Rose told us about remembering the moment she was crowned. Now, Sarah Rose is not only Miss USA 2018, but the first Miss Nebraska to gain that title.

Sarah Rose got to participate in one of the studio’s most popular games, “Finish Those Lyrics.” She got to test her music knowledge on-air and see what lyrics she really knew. From pop to country, she knew her musical stuff.

Sarah Rose was an exceptional guest in the studio and we cannot thank her enough for coming to hang out with us. Her visit was nothing short of, “Perfection!”


Chris Janson Signs A Duet With Patient At Seacrest Studios Charlotte

No one was prepared for the magic – and music – that happened between country singer, Chris Janson, and a patient at Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH) in Charlotte, NC, when Chris made a tour stop at Seacrest Studios.

LCH patient, Ryan, asked Chris to sing his hit song, “Better I Don’t.” (Chris came with guitar and harmonica in hand.) What happened next held the crowd in Seacrest Studios spellbound! Chris began singing only to find that Ryan was backing him up, word-for-word, as he sang!  Watch the video to see the amazing, and awesome, duet!

As he sang songs and answered questions in the packed studio, Chris made sure to give some words of encouragement, along with an open invitation for patients to come to one of his concerts when they start to feel better.

Called “the future of country music,” Janson serenaded the crowd with the Top 10 Hot Country Songs hit, “Buy Me A Boat.”  He also delighted patients with the song he wrote for Tim McGraw called, “Truck Yeah.”

Patients learned about the early days of Chris’ career – how he went from sleeping in his car when he first got to Nashville – to how he learned to play the harmonica.  He even told patients about his nerves during his first performance at the Grand Ole Opry in 2013. “I don’t get nervous at a lot of shows or a lot of concerts or anything, but I get nervous over the Grand Ole Opry, and rightfully so, it’s the mother church of country music, and for me, personally, it was one of my top 3 goals I ever wanted to do with music.”

Thank you, Chris Janson, for bringing your music, your magic, and “Buy Me A Boat” to Seacrest Studios in North Carolina! We look forward to having you back soon!

MAX performs at Seacrest Studios

Singer, actor, and model, Max Schneider (MAX), met some very excited patients at Levine Children’s Hospital when he made a weekend appearance at Seacrest Studios in Charlotte, NC.  The 23-year-old, who got into show business when he was just 3 years old, has some major accomplishments under his belt already!  The 2010 YoungArts Theatre-winner has worked with Madonna, Victoria Justice, and the “Boys of Zummer” tour performers – Hoodie Allen, Fall Out Boy, and Wiz Khalifa.

Some of the patients who came to the studio to meet this diverse performer knew him as Zander from Nickelodeon TV’s How To Rock show, and from Nickelodeon’s hit original movie, RAGS. The DCD2 Records artist talked about his favorite vacation spot, what he would put into place if he were President for a day, and what it would be like to dance like James Brown!

MAX played a round of “Max It Out” – our version of Charades – and performed three songs for the crowd in the studio.

When asked whether he liked singing or acting more, MAX said, “I love music.  That’s where my heart is.”

MAX definitely has a big heart – and he shared it with patients and families in Seacrest Studios. Thanks for showing us How To Rock!


AJR Talks SpongeBob At Seacrest Studios!

The band of brothers, AJR, visited Seacrest Studios in Charlotte while in the Queen City on tour with Lindsey Stirling.

Adam, Jack, and Ryan told patients about how they got started as a group – they first performed on the streets in New York!  After a chance encounter with singer, Sia, the band found great success.  When talking about meeting Sia for the first time, Ryan said, “It really felt like 7 years of flat, no success, and then, ‘boom,’ it all took off!  It’s been very cool.”

Their hit single, “I’m Ready,” is now playing on radio stations across the country – including Seacrest Studios! The guys explained the SpongeBob SquarePants reference in the song and how their sound is different from other groups. “Our sound really incorporates a lot of the sounds of the 1950s and 60s, but kind of combines it with newer production.”

We’re ready for the AJR brothers to come back and visit Seacrest Studios any time!

Kip Moore Talks Selfies & ‘Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck’ At Seacrest Studios

We can’t think of a better way to kick off the start of summer than with a visit from country recording artist, Kip Moore! The “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” singer stopped by Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital while on tour with Tim McGraw in Charlotte.

Kip was bombarded with questions about his truck the minute he walked in our doors! The song he made famous has been a favorite of LCH patients.  They wanted to know what kind of truck he drives – it’s a black Chevy – and if it is lifted up high!

Kip talked about his friendships with Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.  He revealed that he doesn’t get involved in social media that much and that selfies aren’t really his thing.  He also gave great advice to patients, and their families, about not giving up. “I got told ‘no’ a million times before I finally got a ‘yes.’ It’s just having your mind made up that you’re going to beat whatever you’re against. You’re going to defeat it and you’re going to get where you’re trying to go.”  He inspired our patients!

There’s “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck”…and something about Kip Moore! Thanks for spending the first day of summer with us!

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!


A Sunny Day at Seacrest Studios With Elmo and Cookie Monster

It was definitely a “Sunny Day” when Elmo and Cookie Monster, from Sesame Street Live, came by Seacrest Studios Charlotte to dance for the patients at Levine Children’s Hospital!

This loveable duo generated squeals of excitement as they entered the hospital. Patients could not wait to touch and hug the furry characters that were on tour in the Queen City.

Elmo and Cookie Monster provided the perfect medicine for patients, young and old! It’s hard not to feel better when you get a hug from a familiar, and friendly, face.

Thanks Elmo and Cookie Monster for lifting our spirits!

Switchfoot Surfs Their Way Through Seacrest Studios Charlotte

Grammy-award winning rock band, Switchfoot, stopped by Seacrest Studios Charlotte during the group’s spring tour and ended up transforming Levine Children’s Hospital into a concert venue.  Patients and families joined in the fun as the double-platinum recording artists sat down for an interview and performance of some of the hit songs that have made us love this group of five.

Jon Foreman and his brother, Tim, teamed up with Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas, and Drew Shirley to form a band whose name comes from a surfing term that our patients can relate to during treatment.  To switch feet, according to Jon, a surfer (they all LOVE the sport) takes a new stance facing the opposite direction. “It’s about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music.”  It seemed perfect, and fitting, for the group and . . . our patients!

Switchfoot really enjoyed it when one special patient called in to the studio from her hospital room to ask questions about the group’s friendships and the instruments they all play.

These incredible artists really came into focus when the group’s music was used in the movie, A Walk To Remember.  Switchfoot gets regular requests for its hit songs – including one that they performed in Seacrest Studios using guitar, and the banjo – Dare You To Move.  It was a walk, and a day, to remember!

Love and Theft Rewrites One Of Their Songs At Seacrest Studios!

RCA country duo, Love and Theft, completely stole the show at Seacrest Studios when the ACM-nominated artists stopped by to perform, and visit patients, at Levine Children’s Hospital. The Charlotte crowd welcomed Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson to the studio during a concert stop in the Queen City.

Both Liles and Gunderson are singer/songwriters, and guitar players, which thrilled patients who had gathered in the studio, and who peered over the balcony above, to hear them sing.

Before things got started, Stephen relocated the in-studio Selena Gomez life-sized cut-out so that she was a part of the interview too! With a performance of “Angel Eyes” from their current hit album, If You Ever Get Lonely, the duo mesmerized fans with their harmony and vocal talent. Patients got to ask questions about everything from how the two got started to where they are from – Eric is a Charlotte native! After a Q&A where they told patients that during a music video shoot they sing the same song at least 40 times, Eric and Stephen played Song Libs and the prize was a re-write of their hit, “Runnin’ Out of Air.” The new version is a tribute to a beloved pet, Gus-Gus, that both men have ties to. Be sure to watch the video for the whole story!

The fun and laughter lasted until Love and Theft said goodbye.

We’ll be watching in April when the Academy of Country Music Awards takes place in Las Vegas and we’re hoping that Gus-Gus is mentioned in any acceptance speeches or interviews on the red carpet.

Thanks, Stephen and Eric! You brightened our day!

A ‘Full House’ Welcomes Dave Coulier To Seacrest Studios

Laughter poured out of Seacrest Studios over the weekend as “The Man With A Thousand Voices,” Dave Coulier, stopped by to visit patients at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC. On a short break from local media interviews, national television programs, comedy shows, and even a hit Super Bowl commercial, this actor and comedian brightened the day of the patients he sat down with at the microphone in Seacrest Studios.

Talking about his early career and sharing tips on how to learn to be a comedian, Coulier delighted the crowd that had gathered for his appearance with his funny jokes and his water sprinkler bit!

The highlight of the visit, and the show-stopping moment of the day, came when Dave read a story about himself in different voices he is famous for imitating. Kermit The Frog, Bullwinkle, Popeye, Scooby Doo, and Pee Wee Herman emerged to the cackles of patients, families, and staff.

It was a funny, and heart-warming, visit that culminated in the signing of autographs, picture-taking, and . . . secrets! Yes, Dave had several private moments with patients where he shared an encouraging word and a few secrets!

You can see ALL of the pictures from his visit on the Levine Children’s Hospital Facebook Page.

Seacrest Studios will never be the same after having spent time with this generous celebrity, best known for his role on the hit television series, Full House. Thank you, Dave for giving us a day of laughter!