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Children’s National Welcomes Delta Rae to Seacrest Studios!

Hey! Hey! Hey! Our friends, Delta Rae, stopped by Seacrest Studios at Children’s National and we enjoyed every minute of their visit! Patients and families greeted the band with a warm, D.C. welcome and were so excited to ask them questions on-air. The interview started with each band member introducing themselves and creating their DJ name. Vocalist and pianist, Eric Holljes, wanted to be called DJ Polar Bear. Brittany Holljes, another vocalist for the band, came up with DJ B-Sting and second female vocalist, Elizabeth Hopkins, chose DJ Mermaid as her on-air name. Bass Guitarist, Grant Emerson, laughed and called himself DJ Goatman. Ian Holljes, vocalist and guitarist, chose DJ Layla in accordance with his puppy named Layla. Percussionist, Mike McKee, made the audience laugh when he reluctantly chose the name DJ Baldmen.

After coming up with their awesome DJ names, the band took us through a vocal warm-up that they do before they go on stage. Patients and families tried the warm up but found themselves laughing too hard! When asked about how the band formed, Eric said simply, “Me, Brittany, and Ian are siblings who also happen to really love music so that was easy for us to come together. We have known Mike and Liz for a long time so we asked them to join the band shortly after. Then we met Grant and instantly knew we would have a great group”!

After a great interview on the mics, the band signed autographs and took photos with each patient and their family! Thank you, Grant, Liz, Brittany, Eric, Ian and Mike, for making our day at Children’s National a little brighter and we hope to see you the next time you’re in Washington D.C!

 

 

Why Don’t We Surprises Patients with a Live Performance!

Written recap: Seacrest Studios intern, Victoria Cheng

Photos: Seacrest Studios staffer, Micah Bridges

Video: Footage from Seacrest Studios intern, Victoria Cheng and Seacrest Studios staffer Micah Bridges, edited by Micah Bridges and Chris Coleman
Prep, Host, and Live Production: Seacrest Studios intern, Gavyn Bills and Seacrest Studios staffer Cody Hudson

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Jonah Marais, Corbyn Besson, Daniel Seavey, Jack Avery and Zach Herron of the boyband, Why Don’t We, visited the Seacrest Studio at Children’s Hospital Colorado to meet patients and their families. Kids in the studio and hospital rooms were eager to chat with the band and we were even surprised with a live performance!

As Why Don’t We’s number one fan, Maya started the interview with: “Is there a singer you would love to collaborate with in the future?” Ideas immediately started buzzing in the band members’ minds. Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Frank Ocean and John Bellion were some of the names mentioned.

Morgan then asked the hilarious question, “If you were a Disney princess, which would you be…and can you sing like them?”

Jonah immediately decided he would be Belle from Beauty and the Beast, the reason being that he wanted to “be Emma Watson.”

“Can I be cliché and say Cinderella?” Jack asked. “I think she’s the most famous of all of them.” The band laughed at that, noting that Jack just wanted to be the most famous.

Zach jumped in and said, “I would be Elsa from Frozen.” Of course, he sang a bit of “Let It Go” for the Frozen fans in the room. Cheers and applause erupted from the crowd after he finished.

Ashley wondered how long the band had known Logan Paul for. The boys told the story of how they met the actor. During the last show of their first tour, they thought they saw Logan Paul in the crowd, but halfway through, he disappeared. Turns out, he snuck up from backstage and surprised the band.

Of course, Miracle wanted to know how Why Don’t We got their name. The boys all started as solo artists, but also wanted to be part of a band. “We have the same music aspirations, and we’re already bros, so we were like, Why Don’t We?” Jack explained.

“It kinda stuck and it’s just so spontaneous,” Corbyn added. “Our whole philosophy of music is to be spontaneous; we’re always dropping music, we’re always touring, we’re always doing shows. And we can use this name to make an impact and attach it to slogans like ‘Why Don’t We spread positivity?’ and ‘Why Don’t We love one another?’ so hopefully we can use that to make a difference.”

Further questions revealed that Zach is the prankster of the group, Corbyn’s favorite game is League of Legends, and that Daniel once received 50 watermelon from a fan. Jack wanted to be a basketball player as a kid and Jonah likes to read. The band also loves making puns based on their name and their songs.

We took a break from questions for a surprise performance by Why Don’t We. Patients watched in awe as the band sang a mashup of songs from their Something Different EP. As they revealed, “Something Different” is one of their favorite songs to perform on stage.

Afterwards, Why Don’t We played Backwards Forwards in the Studio. They recorded their name and played it backwards. They thought it was hilarious because when their band name is played backwards, it sounds like “Hey, what up?” In the end, the boys nailed their band name in Backwards Forwards, so it looks like the name was a perfect choice.

Before the band jumped right to autographs and photos with the kids, they left patients with some words of advice.

“Always smile,” they said. “Do what you love and don’t let anyone tell you anything else. If you’re working hard for it, and you’re doing what you love, then you’re not working a day in your life. Stay true to yourself.”

 

 

All American Rejects Fills Seacrest Studios with Laughter and Smiles

It was no little secret that the All American Rejects were visiting Seacrest Studios at Children’s National in Washington D.C! Patients, families, and staff packed the studio and were so excited to hang out with the band on-air!

During the interview, lead vocalist, Tyson Ritter, told us stories about how the band formed when they were just little kids living in a small town in Oklahoma. He said that they would all go to Nick’s House for band practice and the neighbors were always complaining about the noise! He talked about their rise to fame and how it never affected them growing up. Nick laughed and said “We didn’t have to grow up really fast. We have always been pretty immature.”

When asked who the most famous person they have met was, Tyson said “Bon Jovi was awesome to open for”. Chris laughed and said “Meeting Tom Cruise was pretty cool”.

During their time on-air, they reminisced when they wrote the song “Swing, Swing”. Tyson shared with us that he and Nick were driving to his grandparents house and they had a little porch swing out front. Tyson said one morning he went out and sat on the porch swing and was humming a melody. Nick came outside and Tyson shared the melody with him. He said that the song was written in 10 minutes.

The band was so excited to meet their fans inside the studio and sent well wishes to patients who were up in their rooms.

“Sometimes if you feel weird or displaced that the Rejects have always been there in that same feeling and that’s what got us where we are today. I think there is something to be embraced about the fact that you are unique and you are very special and that you are here for a reason. That reason will present itself even if it hasn’t yet”.

Thank you Tyson, Nick, and Chris for spreading laughter and joy to everyone at Children’s National and we hope to see you soon!

 

Sabrina Carpenter Performs For Patients At Seacrest Studios Atlanta

We welcomed actor, singer, and Seacrest Studios Ambassador,  Sabrina Carpenter to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta earlier this month! She performed two hit singles “Thumbs” and “Why” for the sweet patients who came down to visit her. As usual, she sounded incredible!

During the interview, Sabrina talked about the best parts of filming TV shows and movies, and how thankful she is that she also gets to record music. She can’t decide which is her favorite because she thinks both are equally fun and exciting!

When we asked her if she still hangs out with casts from previous projects, she said that she still visits with them and even has a group chat with the cast of Disney Channel’s “Adventures in Babysitting.” We told her that her co-star, Jet Jurgensmeyer, visited us just a couple of weeks before and shared that he has attended of few of her shows around the U.S. Sabrina said he’s like a little brother to her, and she loves how supportive he is! We should get Sofia Carson to visit next, and we can have an AIB reunion in Seacrest Studios!

We absolutely loved having Sabrina in the studio, and we can’t wait until she comes back to ATL again soon!

Madison Beer Spends The Day At Seacrest Studios!

Written by Studios Intern Amanda Mitchell

Madison Beer, the 18 year old pop singer, drew quite the crowd on Monday, August 2nd in Seacrest Studios at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia! Patients found out about Madison’s inspiring start. She explained that she was discovered by Justin Bieber when she was 13. Her phone rang as she explored a local candy shop, it was one of her friends exclaiming “JUSTIN BIEBER RETWEETED YOUR YOUTUBE VIDEO.” Since that call, Madison’s life has been filled with multiple albums, tours, modeling and her visit to CHOP!

Madison explained that she is in a place where her vision is clear. She knows what she wants and she is determined to achieve it. At a young age, Madison has been intrigued with music, a passion that she sticks with today. Madison’s main message to the children and families at CHOP was, to do what you love.

Madison is an advocate for the things that she is truly passionate about. As a preteen she experienced bullying and wants others to know that she made it though, so you can too. She explained that it is better to talk about what you are experiencing.

There is lots to come for Madison, she has recently become very interested in writing, although not just music! Madison would love to write a book or a television show. She also hopes to start her own clothing line in the coming future. She has discovered that she dresses like many of her fans and would love to bring them her designs.

Madison was asked a few questions by patients and their families that came down to meet her at CHOP. The final question of the afternoon being “What was it like the first time you met Justin Bieber.” Her face lit up when she shared that he was coming backstage, walked by her and winked. She says she nearly passed out! Thank you Madison Beer!

RSF Spotlight: Meet Our Orange County 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 BRYAN!

Bryan, the studio manager of Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital Of Orange County, has been with the studio since it opened and we are very lucky to have him on our team! Not only has Bryan made the studio a special and fun place for patients to hang out, he has also been a great mentor to many of the students that have interned there! Learn more about him in his own words:

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios? 4 years (since the studio opened!)
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: “What’s Behind Me.” It is a game we play in front of the green screen where we put up funny videos and photos and the host guesses where they are reporting from based on clues from callers and in-studio guests.
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): Andy Grammar! He was such a kind person and was a great performer in the studio.  He actually even took requests for covers from the patients and families that came down.
  • Do you have a special hidden talent? Something that a lot of people don’t know about me is that I can play over 20 different instruments (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, Xylophone, Drums, Various Percussion Instruments and Piano).

Thank you, Bryan, for making Seacrest Studios at CHOC such an awesome place to be!

RSF Spotlight: Meet Monica

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

MEET MONICA!

Monica, a patient at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and regular in Seacrest Studios, can often be found hanging out in studio (especially when special guests are behind the mic!) Get to know more about Monica in her own words:

  • How old are you? 21
  • Who is your favorite artist and or song? Paramore
  • What is your favorite thing to do in the studio? I just love hanging out in there.
  • Who was your favorite studio guest? Andy Grammer (because he’s so nice and he’s come to visit several times) and Tom Holland, because he came in his Spiderman costume and was so cool (and cute!)
  • Do you have a special hidden talent: I can talk in a chipmunk voice.

Thank you, Monica, for bringing your beautiful smile and personality to Seacrest Studios!

Dua Lipa Makes A Special Visit To Seacrest Studios Washington D.C.

Singer, song-writer, and model, Dua Lipa took time out of her North American headlining tour to make a special visit to Seacrest Studios at Children’s National! The studio was full of her biggest fans who were all eager to talk to her on-air!

The 21-year-old filled us in on how she got her start in the music business and some of her musical influences. She told us that she is obsessed with Nelly Furtado and P!nk and would always jam to their tunes in the car! She gave patients great advice to stay strong and always work hard in all that you do. After the interview, Dua and the patients played a fun, rapid fire game of This or That. She comforted all of her guests in the studio with a hug, autographs, and photos. The patients and families at Children’s National look forward to hearing her new album and hope she stops by again on her next tour!

R5 Gives Patients Advice About Following Their Dreams!

Written by Seacrest Studios Intern: Brittany Wade

Patients and families welcomed R5 to our Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! During their interview, they talked about how the fans love their new, self-produced album, and they said the best part about being in a band with your siblings is being with each other all the time. Ross talked about how much fun he had on the set of “Austin and Ally” while also making music with the band.

R5 performed their hits “If” and “Smile.” The band even invited a patient to sing a song from “Austin and Ally” with them! When asked for any advice they would give to our little stars in the hospital, they replied, “Practice hard and play because you love it.” Patients loved getting to meet and take pictures with the band. We loved having R5 in the studio and we look forward to their next visit!

Excited Patients Welcome Sabrina Carpenter Back To Colorado!

Written recap: Seacrest Studios Intern, Victoria Cheng
Interview/Prep: Cody Hudson
Photos: Micah Bridges
Video: Micah Bridges and Chris Coleman, with additional footage from Seacrest Studios Intern, Gavyn Bills
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Seacrest Studios was packed for Sabrina Carpenter’s second visit to Children’s Hospital Colorado. Patients and families were extremely excited to ask questions about her music, career, and role as an ambassador for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

The interview was off to a great start with a question from Sam: “If you could mail yourself to any place in the world tonight, where would you want to be delivered?”

Sabrina’s response was instantaneous. “Paris, France. I would get a baguette. All I do is eat apparently, when I go to all these places, but they have the best bread in the world.”

Later, Zoey asked Sabrina what inspired her to become an ambassador for Seacrest Studios.

“Great question!” Sabrina said. “I had the privilege of getting to visit almost every single one of their Studios…and getting to be with you guys, and kids just like you guys, were the best parts of my travels. When [Ryan] asked me to be an ambassador it was the easiest ‘yes’ I could have ever made.”

We also learned that Sabrina draws inspiration for fashion from many sources, but especially great women in film. She also loves to look at fashion blogs but doesn’t have a particular fashion icon, saying that everyone’s style is always changing, and so is hers.

After a few more questions, Sabrina played Backwards Forwards in the studio. During her last visit, she was able to replicate the phrase “Eyes Wide Open” almost perfectly, and this time she tackled “The De-tour.” While she thought the phrase would be easy to say backwards, the actual clip proved her wrong.

“First of all, that sounds nothing like ‘The De-tour’,” she said, getting a laugh from the crowd. In the end, she recorded something close to “The De-tour” and the patients clapped enthusiastically for her efforts.

We continued with a question from Tatum, who asked, “What helps you get through the hard stuff?”

Sabrina shared how music helps her through difficult times. Listening to artists that she loves, and songs that make her want to dance, turns a negative situation into a positive one. Patients nodded their agreement when she said that creating music can often be a sort of therapy for her.

Then, Gabby wanted to know what animal Sabrina would like to have as a pet. Much to Gabby’s delight, she and Sabrina discovered that they both would love to have a dolphin as a pet! As for the name, patients suggested Clementine, Flipper, and Sabina.

Before patients got to take photographs with Sabrina, she left them with some words of encouragement. “I always say that if you are shooting for something that’s even larger than life, then you always have something that you’re working towards. It’s always really good to have something that you’re working towards. And be in love with what you do.”

Finally, she thanked everyone for spending time with her and asking fun questions. Thank you, Sabrina for coming down to Children’s Hospital Colorado and hanging out with us here at the studio again!