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RSF Spotlight: Meet Coben

We’re shining the spotlight on some of the amazing people that help make our Seacrest Studios around the country so special.

MEET COBEN!

Coben is Children’s Hospital Of Orange County’s biggest Star Wars fan! He can often be found hanging out in studio calling the Bingo Balls and doing impressions of Yoda! Get to know more about Coben in his own words:

  • How old are you? 9
  • What is your favorite artist or song? Star Wars theme song
  • What is your favorite thing to do in the studio? Call the Bingo Balls
  • Who was your favorite studio guest? Mark Hammil because I LOVE Star Wars and he came to see me in my room, and he was really nice.
  • Do you have a special hidden talent? I can do an impression of Yoda.

Thank you, Coben, for bringing The Force to Seacrest Studios!

 

Follow Coben’s journey on social!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeamCoben

Twitter: @TeamCoben

Instagram: @TeamCoben

 

All Smiles With Jet Jurgensmeyer in Seacrest Studios Atlanta!

We were lucky enough to have Jet Jurgensmeyer (star of Disney Channel’s Adventures in Babysitting) join us in Seacrest Studios Atlanta! Having just visited the studio in Nashville, Jet was excited to meet and chat with patients in studio. He shared with us a couple of new projects he’s working on, and talked about how he splits his free time between Tennessee, California, and Michigan. He even told us how close he still is with his Adventures in Babysitting cast members, including RSF ambassador, Sabrina Carpenter!

Like his good friend Sabrina, Jet is a singer, too. He just really started playing guitar a few years ago, but he blew us all away by singing us a cover of his favorite Twenty-One Pilots song. Maybe one day soon, Jet will come back to visit us as a pop star, instead! After leaving the studio, he told us he would be attending a Braves game, so obviously we gave him a tomahawk to help cheer on ATL! We were so excited to have him stop by, and we’re counting the days until he comes back to see us.

Chloe x Halle Brightens The Day At Seacrest Studios Dallas

Sisters Chloe x Halle brought smiles, hugs and lots of joy to patients at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas during their visit to Seacrest Studios.

The sister duet giggled at cute questions the kids asked and even danced along when 13-year-old Jesus asked if they knew “Juju on that Beat.”

Chloe x Halle wowed the studio crowd when they performed several songs for us – from Christmas carols to their song “Drop.”

Jireh, 16, brought his guitar and performed a Christmas song for the sisters, who effortlessly chimed in to harmonize with their new friend.

After the interview, Chloe x Halle posed for pictures and obliged to all the requests for silly Snapchat selfies. Thank you Chloe x Halle for stopping by to see our friends in Seacrest Studios! They’re still talking about how much fun it was!

DNCE Plays “Finish That Song” With Patients at Children’s National

It was a good day at Children’s National Medial Center when DNCE visited with patients and families in Seacrest Studios. Joe told us all about his love of bacon, JinJoo demonstrated her “wake up” sound effects, Cole busted out his dance moves, and Jack talked about his desire to fly! We loved getting to goof off, play games and dance it out with DNCE. They topped off their visit with a special graduation ceremony for one of our Seacrest Studios Stars, Leah.  Thanks for taking time to make our patients smile!

 

 

Wrabel Brightens Up The Day For Patients In DC!

Wrabel’s trip to our Nation’s capital wasn’t complete without a visit to Seacrest Studios at Children’s National!  Patients, families and staff gave him a warm Washington D.C. welcome when he arrived. One patient even grabbed Wrabel’s hand and walked him around the studio, giving him a special VIP tour and introducing him to our hospital mascot, Dr. Bear. After greeting all of our patients in the studio, Wrabel excitedly sat down at the mic and happily answered all of our questions. One patient asked him what inspires him to write songs and he said that life plays a big part in his lyrics. He described his music as full of emotion and relatable. He shared that he is always inspired to write music. We asked what he does with his song ideas and he told us that there may be times he will wake up during the middle of the night with an idea and will write it down in a notebook. He also said that he has written lyrics down on airplane napkins so that he won’t forget.

While on-air, Wrabel mentioned that he has a teddy bear named Peter who comforts him when he’s traveling and on tour. One by one, our patients lifted their favorite stuffed animal in the air, showing Wrabel that they too have comfort stuffies. Of course, we had to ask if he knew any songs from the movie Frozen. He eagerly said yes and even sang a few verses of “Let it Go” with our patients!  Wrabel topped off his visit with pictures and autographs for all of our patients and families. He even went home with his very own Dr. Bear stuffed teddy to remind him of his first Seacrest Studios visit. Thank you Wrabel for making our day a little brighter and we hope you can visit Children’s National again soon!

Tove Lo & Hey Violet Visit Seacrest Studios in Philadelphia!

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Recap by staff member Andrea Dillard

This year’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour stop brought artists Tove Lo and American band Hey Violet to Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Hey Violet raved about listening to a wide range of music from jazz, classical, and rock, to Ariana Grande and even a visiting patient’s favorites from High School Musical! They also filled us in on how they like to binge watch parodies and memes of Bee Movie when they aren’t busy working on music.  Before leaving the band sang one of their favorite Holiday songs “Last Christmas” and gave us a mini glance of their “brand new moves” by dancing to “Can’t Stop the feeling”!

We later learned a lot about Tove Lo and how she started out with music by acting out and singing Disney movies in Swedish! With 2016 coming to an end she let us know that one of her greatest accomplishments this year was releasing her 2nd album and short film both on her birthday! Before leaving she left our patients with some simple, but important advice… “If you love it and it makes you feel great keep doing it”! Special Thanks to both Hey Violet and Tove Lo for stopping by!

 

 

Eric Paslay Performs his hit song “Angels In This Town” for Patients in Philadelphia!

Recap by by studio volunteer Desiree Zimmer

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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia welcomed country music singer and songwriter Eric Paslay to Seacrest Studios! When patients asked about the start of his career he explained that he originally wanted to be a doctor, but his love for playing instruments and writing songs inspired him to be a singer.

He even admitted to writing over 13,000 songs since he was a young kid! Before performing his song “Angels In This Town”, the country star gave advice to future singers, songwriters, and musicians: “Be yourself and have fun. If you want to make music – go for it!.” Thanks for stopping by, Eric! Come back soon!

 

Team USA Olympic Swimmers Had Eventful Day at Seacrest Studios in Atlanta!

Proof that Olympic swimmers have nerves of steel, 4-time medalist Maya DiRado and teammates Melanie Margalis and Molly Hannis didn’t let a little ‘ol TORNADO and studio evacuation affect their visit with patients at Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta last Wednesday! While huddled in an interior room, the elite athletes shared exciting stories about their experiences as an Olympian – everything from the pure elation of realizing they’d made the US Olympic Team, the pride they felt when collecting all the TEAM USA gear, to the surreal moments of standing on the podium accepting a medal from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics!

When asked by one patient “If you could be an Olympic level athlete at a sport other than swimming, what would it be?” Maya answered tennis, Melanie said running and Molly chose soccer. Finally, when the tornado passed, the  “All Clear” sounded and we could return to the studio for autographs and pictures holding Maya’s gold medal (it’s very heavy!) For Maya – it’s retirement from the sport but for Melanie and Molly – it’s back to the pool where they’ll be swimming in a meet at Georgia Tech and then it’s off to Canada for the World Championships! It was a crazy weather day in Atlanta, and one we’ll never forget. Thank you, Maya DiRado, Melanie Margalis and Molly Hannis for inspiring all of us. Your hearts are as big as your accomplishments!

 

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!

Sadie Robertson Shares Her Dance Moves At Levine Children’s Hospital!

Recap by Laura Little

Video by Nichole Mondshein

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It was a big day for Levine Children’s Hospital when Sadie Robertson and many of the other Robertson’s came to visit Seacrest Studios! Sadie, Cole, Brighton, Reed, and John Luke stopped by to brighten the day with advice, funny stories, dance contests, and even played a round of “Guess that Beard”. Many of our patients had the opportunity to ask them some of their very own questions and even judged the Robertson’s during their dance contest.

Sadie gave us some insight into fashion, Dancing with the Stars, and explained why she thinks Duck Dynasty has been so successfulWhen revealing her thoughts about who she thinks will take the Mirror Ball Trophy this season on Dancing with the Stars, she said “This is a really good season, but probably Lorie and Val because she is an absolutely incredible dancer and because she’s the youngest one, so I kind of have to root for her.” Sadie was the first runner up on season 19 of DWTS and shined in every dance genre. Her view on DWTS is very valued at LCH, just as her view fashion is. Sadie said, “I love fashion. It’s fun because everyone expresses themselves differently. I have on pink nails right now and it kind of sets your mood for the day I feel like. So make it fun, maybe add a little sparkle to your day. I also am a big fan of socks. So I would say go with the cute socks, anything that make you happy.” When asked if they expected their hit reality TV show “Duck Dynasty” would be as successful as it is, she told us that her family is just “weird and crazy” and that they never would have guessed it would be such a hit.  “It’s crazy! It blows our mind.”

After gracing us with advice and tips, it was time for some fun! The Robertson’s participated in “Dancing with the Patients” at Levine Children’s Hospital! Each family member showed us their go-to dance moves and broke it down for the patients in the studio. They were critically judged by three of our most qualified and energetic patients. Though no one received scoring lower than an eight, the competition was fierce! Shortly after, the Robertson’s played a few rounds of “Guess that Beard”, a game that was seemingly a breeze for this crew! Without skipping a beat, they knew nearly every beard, even the trick ones. Their skills were very impressive.

Sadie and her family were a hit at Levine Children’s Hospital and we are so thankful they took time out of their schedule to visit us. They touched the lives for many of our patients but they leave without a prize! When one of our patients asked Sadie if she had a boyfriend, she informed him that she was single. “Well great, then I will be your boyfriend!” he said. Sadie responded with “I would be honored to be you girlfriend.” Thank you Sadie and Family!