Phillip Phillips Plays Backwards Forwards At Seacrest Studios

Video by: Chris Coleman, with additional footage from Seacrest Studio interns, Micah Bridges and Chelsea Ruybal
Photos by: Scott Dressel-Martin and Chris Coleman
Written recap by: Seacrest Studio intern, Maurie Mickey

Phillip Phillips visited Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital Colorado and was warmly welcomed into a studio filled with excited patients and families who were chanting his name. He kicked off his interview by answering questions that the kids had prepared.

Melanie asked, “What cartoon character would you most like to hang out with for an afternoon?” Phillip Phillips first answered “Michael Jordan!” adding that MJ can pass as a cartoon character since he was in Space Jam, but then settled for Bugs Bunny because he’s “old school.” Natalie asked, “If you could safely take a ride on the back of any wild animal, which animal would you choose?” This question had Phillip Phillips thinking hard about his answer, but he picked a cheetah, saying he would want to shrink a little more so he could fit on the back perfectly. Throughout more questions, the studio found out that Phillip Phillips enjoys being in nature, white water rafting and he is a huge fan of Denver, CO.

Although Phillps has made a career from his musical talents, he says another one of his hobbies is eating, and his favorite meal is a “good ole southern breakfast.” Our good friend Judson, who uses a computer to communicate, asked the greatest question of the day with, “Do you ever get invited to parties at J.Lo’s house?” With the whole studio laughing, Phillip Phillips answered that he wishes he got invited to her parties, and if he ever got the chance, him and Judson would go together. Judson also asked if he likes to sing in the shower, and Phillip Phillips responded, “Yes, that’s where I do my best singing.”

After learning more about Phillip Phillps, he sang his hit song, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” and let the studio know that the first time he sang live, he almost passed out in front of 250 people. The studio was soon filled by not just one voice, but many, as the patients and their families sang the words to his song.

Phillip Phillips admitted that he doesn’t feel like a celebrity and that he is pretty normal—and he has way too many embarrassing moments to think of just one. He also has some secret dance moves that he steals from his friends.

It wouldn’t quite be a Children’s Hospital Colorado visit to the Seacrest Studios if Phillip Phillips didn’t play Backwards Forwards! With help from the studio audience, Phillip Phillips was challenged to say “Simba Spaghetti Singer” forwards and replicate the way it sounded backwards. Phillip Phillips conquered the challenge and said of the game, “That was aweomse! I am going to start playing this at home!”

Before Phillips signed autographs and took pictures with the patients, he finished the sentence “Courage Is…” by saying, “It is everything, ya know? It’s what drives you. It helps you through everything you go through good or bad in my opinion.”

It was all smiles and laughs during Phillip Phillips visit at the Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital Colorado and we hope he visits us again!

Phillip Phillips Sings ‘Raging Fire’ At Seacrest Studios!

Season 11 American Idol winner, and friend to Seacrest Studios, Phillip Phillips, gave a special performance at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC.

On a co-headlining tour with O.A.R., Phillips pulled his big tour bus up right outside the windows of Seacrest Studios, much to the delight of all the patients inside!

Before singing and signing autographs, Phillip told patients, and their families, all about life on the road, and American Idol. When he described the try-outs for AI, Phillip said that, after a 13-hour wait in line to audition, he wasn’t sure it was going to be worth it in the end.  He spoke of his winning moment, standing on stage next to Ryan Seacrest, and how he “cried like a baby” when his name was called as the winner.

As someone very familiar with hospitals (Phillip has had 10 kidney surgeries), he was able to speak to patients, from his own experience, about how to stay positive on tough days.

Phillip answered some tricky questions from our patients including, “Would you rather deliver a baby or a pizza?” He broke up the crowd with his answers!

Everyone was thrilled to hear Phillip perform two songs in Seacrest Studios including his current hit, “Raging Fire.”

We can’t wait to see where Phillip’s talent, and kind heart, take him next – we hope it is right back to the Queen City and to Seacrest Studios, where he has many adoring fans!

Phillip Phillips Performs “Gone, Gone, Gone” At Seacrest Studios!

Phillip Phillips, the musician who rose to fame during American Idol Season 11, stopped by Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. He was in town opening for John Mayer’s Born and Raised Tour. The singer-songwriter captivated the hospital audience with an honest interview and performance of his hit songs “Home” and “Gone, Gone, Gone”.

The winner of American Idol, Phillips opened up about his journey on the show and said he never imagined winning. “There were some amazing talented people. There were definitely better singers than me,” he said. “I’m more of a musical guy. I like to have fun on the guitar and jam out with the boys…Then I had to sing live on TV every week, and that’s scary. If you mess up, you can’t redo it.” Phillips’ humble attitude and unique musical style won America’s vote by the end of the season. “I was so surprised. I started crying. I cried like a little baby,” he said.

Phillips talked about life before and after Idol and the importance of being authentic. “I was not popular in school…I would just play the guitar for hours and hours a day,” he said. “I was always friendly with everybody, and that’s how I always felt. That’s what my parents always told me. Be kind to everybody, because you never know what will happen in the future.”

Phillips wrapped up his visit signing autographs and chatting with patients.

Thank you, Phillip, for hanging out and performing some of America’s favorite songs.