Sabrina Carpenter Sings For Patients In Seacrest Studios Philadelphia

Written by: Seacrest Studios Volunteer, Kevin Shirley

Seacrest Studios at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) welcomed another exciting celebrity guest, Sabrina Carpenter! Sabrina sat down with the patients to discuss singing, acting, and her local connection.

While Sabrina has spent the last three years acting on a TV sitcom, she came back to her home state of Pennsylvania for her original passion, music. The Bucks County native expressed her excitement to play a hometown show in Bethlehem, PA. Sabrina also looked forward to a Hershey Park concert, and reminded everyone she would be sure to grab a few chocolate bars on the way out.

Sabrina also took some time to reflect on her experience acting in Girl Meets World. She talked about growing up with her character Maya; she is glad to be able to learn from Maya, while also using her own life experiences to help her play the character. Sabrina is proud to work on Girl Meets World. She sees the cast and crew like her own family, and she also credits the show for teaching kids great life lessons.

Before signing autographs, Sabrina sang “Eyes Wide Open” from her first music album of the same title. She is currently working on her second album, and we can’t wait to see what she has to offer in the near future. CHOP would like to thank Sabrina for visiting the studio and hopes she stops by agains soon!

Frankie Ballard Sings ‘Young and Crazy’ With A Patient In Seacrest Studios

Video by Seacrest Studios Intern, Katie Klochany.
Blog by: Mamie Shepherd

We always love when Frankie Ballard stops by Seacrest Studios…and patients were very excited to welcome him for the first time to our Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt!

Frankie’s last visit was filled with fun questions from patients like, “How old were you when you sang your first song?”  He told us about being on the road and even took a poll of the audience in Seacrest Studios to find out what might make the best “bus pet”. We wanted to know all about his hit song, Young and Crazy, and how Frankie would make a hospital gown cool.  His advice was to “be creative, be confident, be comfortable.” There were so many little fans in the studio hanging on his every word! We even had one patient who knew the songs he performed by heart!

It was fun to find out that, after a big break winning Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star competition, Ballard went on to open for Chesney, Lady Antebellum, and Florida Georgia Line!

Ballard’s new album, El Rio, was recently recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Top 25 “Best Country and Americana Albums of 2016″ so far. We were lucky enough to catch this generous, talented artist while he was home in Nashville.

Come back anytime, Frankie! You’re as “Good As Gold” to us!


American Authors Play ‘Hum Along’ in Seacrest Studios Nashville

Recap By Seacrest Studios Intern, Lexi Miller
Videos By Seacrest Studios Intern, Katie Klochany.

American Authors visited Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and discussed their upcoming album, “What We Live For.” The band agreed that their first album “Oh, What a Life” was written about previous life experiences whereas this next album is focused more about their goals and dreams for the future. The band is open about their very intimate songwriting approach stating, “music is a bit of a diary because those are your experiences.”

The band seems to have many hidden talents along with their obvious musical gift. Bandmate Matt Sanchez has been working on a novel which includes a loose history of what the band has been through thus far. The book allegedly contains characters based on each of the other band members. In their free time, the band enjoys outdoor activities like snowboarding, rock climbing, and hiking. They try to stay active on their days off!

We learned where the band came up with the name “American Authors” originally. The bandmates are from all across the United States and each have unalike backgrounds and upbringings. As for the second part of the name they said, “we feel like we are authors because we have stories to tell.”

After the interview, the band played a game of “Hum Along” where one person hums a song and the other guesses. Their humming skills were very impressive!

We loved having American Authors in the studio and we can’t wait to see them again!

Straight No Chaser Performs At Seacrest Studios

By Whitney Osborne, Seacrest Studios Intern

Seacrest Studios at Cincinnati Children’s was so excited to welcome all ten members of the a cappella group Straight No Chaser!  It was a wonderful day with exceptional music.  The men got their start in the mid-1990s as college students at Indiana University and let us in on a little secret—they sang to meet their fellow female classmates and get free food!  After college, it was time to get “grown up” jobs and scatter around the country.  But many years later, the group posted a reunion song on YouTube and a music executive called and offered them a record deal.

Straight No Chaser could not emphasize enough (to the patients) the opportunities available with platforms such as YouTube.  But the message was consistent throughout—that they should be exploring music for the fun of it.

After a very entertaining interview with our patients and families, Straight No Chaser performed the holiday hit “Christmas Can-Can” and a cover of Pharrell’s “Happy.”  They even took requests from our audience!  After showing off their talents, they split into two teams to play a popular studio game show.  Laughter and jokes filled the studio during the visit. At the end of their visit, Straight No Chaser took time to visit and take photos with all the families that came to see them. We thank Straight No Chaser for the wonderful afternoon and the entertainment they provided the studio and viewers at Cincinnati Children’s!

Jon Pardi Performs ‘Up All Night’ At Seacrest Studios

Country recording artist, Jon Pardi, recently made a special visit to Seacrest Studios in Charlotte, NC.

Just days after having been at the Country Music Association Awards (CMA’s), Jon got behind a microphone in our studio to tell the patients at Levine Children’s Hospital all about “country music’s biggest night” – and his stories did not disappoint!  Jon told us everything from where he was sitting, to what he was wearing, to almost getting to say “hi” to Tim McGraw!

A true cowboy in every way, Jon told us he gets nervous when he goes team roping – a hobby he has been doing since he was 19.  “You get in the box and you got all these pro cowboys looking at you and they know my songs and then they watch me rope – it’s very nerve wracking!  It’s like golf – there are so many little parts you have to remember that make it really hard.”

Jon also told us how his drummer describes being on tour, “being on the bus – being on the road –  is like being at your best friend’s house, sleeping over, for way too long.”  He told us he travels with a “light crew” of nine people on one bus! Jon said that was light because his friend, Dustin Lynch (also a friend to Seacrest Studios) travels with 13 people!

A special performance of Jon’s hit song, “Up All Night,” thrilled patients at Levine Children’s Hospital!

Thank you, Jon Pardi, for bringing the party to Seacrest Studios! We can’t wait until your next visit!