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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!

James Arthur Talks Music & Travels In Seacrest Studios Cincinnati

Video by Seacrest Studios Intern, Grace Hill
Written by Seacrest Studios Intern, Leah Veltri
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James Arthur, X- Factor Winner and singer of the hit songs “Say You Won’t Let Go” and “Can I Be Him,” recently visited patients and their families at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

One could definitely sense a bond forming during the broadcast interview between James and Alexis, a patient on the interview panel, when she shared her love for various art forms. When it comes to her art, James advised Alexis to “keep doing it if it makes you feel good—usually that’s the best way to feel good, is to create.”

James Arthur is a true example of staying grounded as a celebrity and always helping others. When a girl on the interview panel named Megan asked what the best gift James ever gave to someone was, he shared about how he helped his family monetarily when they were in need, “When I signed my record deal, I got a little bit of money… I never had any money. I was very poor; I lived in a shoebox room pretty much. It was very nice to be able to help my mum and dad and sisters out.”

James also told the kids how he loves using music to connect with and aid people. If he were not a singer, he would still want a job that served those in need. “The only thing that makes me really feel like I’m doing something worthwhile is when I help people. I used to write CVs for people . . . I could help people that have been in long term unemployment . . . get back into work. So I’d probably be involved in something like that.”

If James Arthur’s visit made you wish he were in America more often, you’re in luck! James shared with the children that the United States is his favorite place, “I’m actually gonna move out here to America, probably . . . Los Angeles, just because a lot of the music stuff is there. I love it here; you’ve got the weather, you’ve got the beaches, you’ve got the mountains . . . the people seem to love music here. American culture . . . they embrace music a lot, more than anywhere I’ve ever been before.”

Thank you for visiting, James. We greatly appreciate your visit and had a wonderful time!

 

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Charlotte 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 MEREDITH!

      

Meredith, the studio manager of Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital takes having fun, seriously! Always smiling and ready to play, Meredith exudes positivity and has made being in studio such a special and exciting experience. Learn more about her in her own words:

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios? About a year and a half! Since March 2016.
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: I dress up as Anna from Frozen every Wednesday to play Bingo and deliver prizes to all of our patients at Levine Children’s Hospital.
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why}: Our patients that host their own unique hour-long shows! Celebrity-wise, I would pick Madisyn Shipman from Nickelodeon’s Gameshakers. She was so touched from her studio visit that she created a once-in-a-lifetime “prom” experience for Joe, a cystic fibrosis patient, on her own time with the help of Levine Children’s Hospital.
  • Do you have a special hidden talent? I can make towel animals, speak French, N64 Master, human jukebox/identify any song faster than Shazam.

Thank you, Meredith, we are grateful for the time you have spent making Seacrest Studios such an awesome place to be. 

Tyler Miller Sings For Patients In Seacrest Studios Washington D.C.

Children’s National patients and families were so excited to welcome Tyler Miller to Seacrest Studios! We got to know Tyler on-air with a fun meet-and-greet followed by an awesome performance. Patients, families, and staff even stood outside the studio and watched and listened to his performance and were clapping from the atrium!

During his visit, he even helped one of our more shy patients come out of his shell and sing a Hamilton song on-air! When the patient finished singing, he looked over at Tyler and smiled and said “You aren’t the only one who can sing Tyler.” A staff member came in to the studio and wanted her picture with him and said “I can’t wait to see you on TV, you are something special.” It was a wonderful day and Tyler is always welcome to visit Seacrest Studios in Washington D.C!

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Philadelphia 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 KENT!

Kent, our studio manager at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has helped make Seacrest Studios an incredibly special place to hang out every day. His enthusiasm, positivity and dedication to the studio and patients are just a few of the many reasons we are lucky to have him as part of our team. Learn more about Kent in his own words:

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios:  6 Years (and our studio just turned 6 years old!)
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: I love playing with voice changers. I also love to watch even the most timid kids light up when they come into the studio.
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): I really enjoyed having Pauly D in studio after his run on Jersey Shore. He exceeded all my expectations of any guest that could come to the studio.  He drove himself to the hospital, he was incredibly kind and engaging with the children and he offered up hours of his time to do as many room visits as there were families who wanted to meet him.
  • Do you have a hidden talent?: I have three: I sing, I’m a certified sky diver and I play on a billiards team!

Thank you, Kent, for helping fill our studio with so many smiles!

DanTDM Visits Seacrest Studios Atlanta & Talks Minecraft!

You Tube Star, DanTDM  hopped across the pond from his British home to visit excited patients at Seacrest Studios in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta… and it seemed like almost all of his 15 million subscribers were in attendance! Okay, so not all 15 million…but suffice it to say  the majority of the patient population at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta are Minecraft aficionados and were thrilled to meet The Diamond Minecart live and in person!

Dan couldn’t have been nicer! He spent the majority of his time answering patient questions, and taking game/video suggestions willingly. He even made patients part of his daily vlog! Aside from missing his wife, Jemma, and his pugs, DanTDM is happy to be touring the United States and meeting his fans while performing before sold out shows. We’re so grateful he made Seacrest Studios Atlanta one of his stops!

All Time Low Interviewed By Patients At Seacrest Studios Colorado

Written recap: Seacrest Studios intern, Victoria Cheng
Video: Footage from Seacrest Studios intern, Leticia Zulian and Seacrest Studios staffer Micah Bridges, edited by Chris Coleman
Prep and Live Production: Seacrest Studios intern, Gavyn Bills and Seacrest Studios staffer Cody Hudson
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All Time Low‘s Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Zack Merrick, and Rian Dawson stopped by the Seacrest Studio at Children’s Hospital Colorado to meet patients and their families. Kids in the studio (and in the hospital rooms) were extremely excited to get to talk to these rock stars.

Isaac kicked off the interview with: “What is your favorite app to use on your phone?” Alex said he was really into all social media platforms, but he recently discovered a new hiking app that maps out every trail in the States. Jack mentioned that he plays Mario twenty times a day, and both Rian and Zack joked that he also has an app to turn up the game volume louder than it should be.

After that, All Time Low continued to answer questions from Madi and Bree, who asked, “How does it feel to know that your music has such a big impact on people and what is the most rewarding part of making music?” The band mentioned how wonderful their fans are and that it is an incredible feeling to have made a difference.

“To have people tell us how the music has gotten them through a hard time or anything like that…it’s the most incredible piece of what we get to do, because it’s bigger than us,” said Alex.

Rian added to that statement, saying, “To us, we just feel like the same four guys that were practicing in our parents’ basement, so to know that we have an impact on anyone’s life, no matter how big or how small, it’s something we never imagined.”

This got a good laugh from the crowd, as it was followed up by a question asking if they ever got kicked out of the basement they practiced in.

“If it ever got too loud in the basement,” Rian continued. “My mom would flip the lights on and off, and that would mean silence right away.” The other band members agreed not to mess with Mom, much to every parent’s delight.

Later, Abri asked All Time Low, “If you could have 1000 of anything orange, what would it be?” Jack immediately said he wanted 1000 orange Skittles, while Rian went big with 1000 orange Lamborghinis. Alex decided on 1000 oranges because he’s “big on freshly-squeezed juice.”

Of course, according to tradition, the band was asked to play Backwards Forwards. Together, the band recorded their name, “All Time Low”, then laughed at how difficult the backwards version was. However, they did a great job recording the phrase backwards forwards and ended up with a new name, “All Slime Low”.

The interview ended with a quick round of “Most Likely To…”, revealing that the band members have a big “No Pranks” rule and Alex is the most likely to call his mom when he is sick.

The band left the kids with some encouraging words and advice, saying, “Keep smiling. Smiles and a positive attitude are really contagious. You don’t know what other people are going through so just shooting someone a random smile can really help.”

Autographs and photographs rounded out the visit. Patients and families brought magazines and personalized jackets for the band to sign, providing a wonderful opportunity to get to see the band face to face. Many thanks to All Time Low for visiting Children’s Hospital Colorado!

New Kids On The Block Visit Patients At Seacrest Studios Charlotte

Video by Intern, Isabella Branham
Blog Post by Intern, Robert Rubino

New Kids On The Block took time from The Total Package Tour to hang in Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital. Since the band is originally from New England, they all agree that the south brings true “southern hospitality” along with the hustle and bustle of a big city. From north to south and coast to coast, NKOTB agrees that one of the most important things you can do while traveling is learn the culture from the people. Whether you wind up in a big city like Pittsburgh or a small town in Utah, everyone will have an interesting story that can connect people together with similarities or differences.

Since their most recent album, Thankful, released in May, it only seemed fitting to go around the room and have the boys share what they were all thankful for. It turned out that great minds do think alike and two members voted “family” while the other two voted for “the present.” When asked to elaborate, Danny and Jordan expressed their gratitude in being able to see or talk to their family between tours or recordings. Joe and Donnie both agreed that being able to “live in the now” must come in handy when the “adult world” becomes chaotic and stressful.

Taking a trip to the past, Joe and Danny were asked what their favorite childhood memories were and both shared what their favorite Christmas presents were. Joe recalled quite nostalgically about the day he walked into the dining room and seeing the ventriloquist doll he had been wanting for the past few months while Danny remembered receiving a Godzilla figure that he still keeps to this day. Before the times of Twitter and other forms of social media, the band mentioned how they would spend the whole day replying back to letters they received from their fans. However, letters definitely hold their own sort of charm to them since everyone’s handwriting is unique and receiving a handwritten letter from your favorite boy band is something anyone would always treasure.

Before leaving the guys were asked about advice for any of the patients going through tough times. Without hesitation, Jordan reminded Seacrest Studios that “children are stronger than we think” and are “much more accepting of tough situations” and that was inspiring.

It was great to see that NKOTB had not lost their childlike wonder and reminded Levine Children’s Hospital to be “thankful” for every minute that ticks by.