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WWE Superstars Are Welcomed to Seacrest Studios with Yes! Yes! Yes! Chant

WWE @ Children's Colorado

"What's your favorite word that starts with W? …Worms." The perfect answer from Daniel Bryan at Children’s Hospital Colorado! Thanks to our friends at WWE for stopping by #SeacrestStudios

Posted by Ryan Seacrest Foundation on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

WWE Superstars Daniel Bryan, Charlotte Flair, and R-Truth visited the Seacrest Studio at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Daniel Bryan was especially pleased that the kids welcomed the three Superstars into the studio with his trademark “Yes! Yes! Yes!” chant.

Patients and visitors asked tons of great questions, prompting R-Truth to divulge his love for butter pecan ice cream. Charlotte Flair bested her fellow Superstars at the brain-twisting audio game Backwards Forwards (she NAILED the word “entertainment” backwards!)

To top it off, Daniel Bryan’s favorite thing that starts with “W” is…you guessed it…WORMS! Kids received autographed WWE title belts and a chance to pose with the Superstars, capping off an unforgettable day. Thank you to our new friends R-Truth, Daniel Bryan, and Charlotte Flair!

 

Disney’s Aladdin Brings Magic to Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

It was as if a genie granted our wish when cast members from Disney’s Aladdin – the hit Broadway musical, stopped into Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently!  The musical scored great reviews from Atlanta critics but the visit to the studio scored even better reviews from patients!  After previewing the movie Aladdin earlier in the week, patients and families were excited to meet Clinton Greenspan (Aladdin), Lissa deGuzman (Jasmine), Zach Bencal (Babkak) and Michelle West (Ensemble) and chat about everything from speedy costume changes to special effects!

Interestingly, all four hail from different cities, and many took different paths (singing vs. dancing vs. acting vs. sports) to get where they are today – terrific performers enjoying their dream job!  It’s a good thing this talented foursome loves what they do because Aladdin, the musical will be on tour until 2020! There was no shortage of questions, just limited time as the cast had to head straight to rehearsal before the show that night. We are so grateful for the opportunity to meet the wonderful stars of Aladdin. Thank you for taking the time to visit and continued good luck with the tour!

 

Brandon Lay Takes a Trip Around the Sun to Seacrest Studios!

Recap by Program Manager, Mamie Shepherd

Before taking the stage with Kenny Chesney at Nashville’s massive Nissan Stadium for the Trip Around the Sun Tour, country star, Brandon Lay, made a special visit to Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt!

Brandon told the audience gathered in the studio all about life on the road (he loves being on tour) and life on a tour bus!  His bus carries 9-12 people at any given time and the group loves to watch Friends and The Office together while traveling. Sometimes, the musicians just like to pull out their guitars and jam in between cities.  When talking about preparing to go on tour, Brandon walked us through his packing list for the road.  He said, “I always make sure I have some swimming trunks.”  One of his last days off from the tour led to floating down the river with his band!

When he gets back to Nashville, the first thing Brandon likes to do is jump on his motorcycle.  He also likes to spend time with his Pomeranian, Rusty T (find his pup on Instagram @rustytfromtn)!

Brandon talked about how he has stayed positive while navigating his way through the music industry – a lesson our patients applied to learning how to stay positive while in the hospital.   “It’s hard if you stand and try to watch a tree grow.  Just keep trying.  You might look back and 6 weeks has gone by and the difference is just astronomical.  That has always inspired me.  You’re not going to see an instant change, but if you just keep showing up and just keep trying – and even if you fail, just keep getting out of bed and trying – you’ll look back maybe it’s 2 weeks or 2 months, but you’re going to notice a change and people will see it around you.  When you look back and see the difference, that’s what will motivate you to keep on and even kick it up a notch.  That has been my philosophy.  Keep grinding and just show up.”

To the delight of the audience in Seacrest Studios, Brandon sang his hit song, “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers.”

Check out the funny video below of Brandon and his guitar player, JP, playing a paper plate drawing game!

Huge thanks to Brandon Lay for making a tour stop at Seacrest Studios Nashville!  We hope to see you again soon!

 

Ed Sheeran Visited Boston Children’s Hopsital, and it was Perfect

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran took time out of his busy tour schedule recently to drop by Seacrest Studios at Boston Children’s Hospital to visit with patients and families before his second show at Gillette Stadium. He answered some amazing questions from patients who wanted to know more about his pets, his favorite movies, and about whether or not he’s actually Ron Weasley and is only pretending to be Ed Sheeran. 

Ed was also happy to finally solve the mystery as to whether or not his glasses are real or just a fashion statement. They are indeed real, Ed told us, saying, “I actually have really, really bad eyesight. I literally can’t see or read without them!” He then asked one of the patients if she wanted to try them on to prove it! 

Ed brought his guitar along for the visit and the crowd eagerly agreed when asked if it was cool if he played his hit song “Perfect” for the crowd in the studio and the viewers up in their rooms. Many people in the audience were seen shedding tears while watching Ed perform, as his song was so beautiful to hear in person. 

An incredible time was had by all and we can’t thank Ed enough for hanging out with us. His visit to Seacrest Studios was definitely “Perfect!”

 

Abby Anderson Celebrates “I’m Good” in Seacrest Studios

Recap by Program Manager, Mamie Shepherd

At the start of a whirlwind weekend for Abby Anderson, the country singer stopped by Seacrest Studios Nashville to see patients, sing some songs, and play a game!

A day before her debut EP, “I’m Good,” dropped, Abby previewed a few songs on the album for patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt with a live performance.

Two days after her visit in Seacrest Studios, Abby made her Grand Ole Opry debut!  Abby told patients that she had dreamt of standing in that iconic circle at The Opry since she was a little girl.  She also told us all about her outfit plans for such an important night – they included sparkle pants!

Originally from Texas, Abby made the move to Music City to chase her music dreams.  She has been playing the piano since the age of 5, and she said it has taken a lot of practice to get where she is today!  Like many of us, Abby wasn’t always thrilled to practice, but her hard work eventually paid off.  “I had a really great piano teacher who encouraged me to write my own music and that’s kind of what started the love for songwriting.  I don’t remember ever not singing.”

After a hilarious round of Song Libs – written to the tune of her hit song, “Make Him Wait,” Abby talked about the song that changed her life.  “[Make Him Wait] is a song about everything my parents ever taught me. Just knowing that I’m a queen and that I am so valued and loved and all my worth and knowing what my worth means. This [song] is a big ol’ dream!”

As an emerging social media star, Abby spoke about the pressures and criticism that can come with an online following.   “I can be very hard on myself.  Whenever I start doing that, first thing I do is put my phone away and I stay off social media.  I write down all the things I’m thankful for.”

One thing is for sure, we are thankful that Abby came to spend time with us in Seacrest Studios Nashville!  She is a star on the rise, and we are happy to witness her climb to the top!

You can catch Abby on The Long Way Tour with Brett Eldredge this fall!  Check out her new EP “I’m Good” available now!

 

Levine Children’s Hospital – Intern Showcase

Seacrest Studios is filled with endless possibilities. Through the eyes of a child it is a place to escape. A home away from home. A world full of endless color, games, entertainment and hope. It is filled to the brim with people who care. 

But what does the studio mean to an intern? It is a place to grow, learn and prepare you for the professional world. College students are given first-hand experience with state-of-the-art equipment. They develop skills in photography, videography and writing while hosting their own radio shows and spearheading out-of-the-box games with patients in mind. Most importantly? Interns are presented with the unique opportunity to create lifelong relationships. Read below to hear just how impactful these are.

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Carly Thomas
Elon University ’19

Carly Thomas is a Broadcast Journalism major at Elon University. She has a passion for entertainment news and aspires to have a career in the industry. She has worked with children since she was a young teen, and when she found an internship that combined her desired career path with children, it seemed like a dream. Carly’s hobbies include: singing and graphic design, two things she was also able to incorporate into her summer internship at Seacrest Studios.

“Being able to go up and meet patients and get them excited for what Seacrest Studios is all about and then later seeing them come down and smile. Some kids were nervous about coming down to the studio but seeing how happy they were once they were down there made this internship one I will never forget!”

Cory Peeler
University of South Carolina ’20

Cory is currently a junior Broadcast Journalism major and Theater Minor at the University of South Carolina. His passion is television and film and he hope to become a producer one day. Cory decided to major in Broadcast Journalism because he loves telling other people’s stories in a beautiful way. An additional passion includes acting, and the art of stepping into someone else’s shoes to tell their truth to the world.

“The Seacrest Studio 5th Birthday Party!!! I absolutely loved having the community come together and celebrate Seacrest Studios. Seeing the patients come down and smile made it all worth it.”

Darbi Horne
University of South Carolina ’19

Darbi is a native of Greenville, South Carolina and will be a senior Broadcast Journalism student this year. Garnet and black runs through her veins and she could not be prouder to be a Gamecock. When her Seacrest Studios supervisor, Meredith Dean, offered her the opportunity to work with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation she snatched it up in a heart beat. As a Broadcast Journalism student, media effects her life every day for the better. As a student she feels incredibly fortunate for the opportunity to combine her passion for media with her love for kids into one internship. She quotes, “This was a chance of a lifetime that I will never forget.”

“My favorite memory was really connecting with a little girl that eventually became stuck to my hip. I looked forward to seeing her every single shift, and my days weren’t complete without her! She eventually worked up the courage to cohost a show with me and it was the most rewarding and fun experience I had all summer.”

Destiny Gettis
University of South Carolina ’19

Destiny is from Hilton Head Island, SC. She found her love for Broadcast when she created her own segment at church called “A Youthful Prospective” at the age of 14. She went to a church where many of the children lived in poverty and through her show she would gather events in the community, accomplishments of the youth in church, etc. Through this weekly newscast she was able to uplift children, and discovered an innate passion for sharing stories and making a difference.

“My favorite memory at Seacrest Studios was when Maryssa came into the studio for about an hour and gave such uplifting life lessons on staying positive (she had me in tears the entire time). She was such an inspiring person and always made me feel that the small challenges I face in life there are always others with bigger problems and I can overcome anything. She taught me about new foods that I’ve never heard of.

Emma Freas
Queens University of Charlotte ’20

Emma is a currently a junior at Queens University of Charlotte double-majoring in Music and English. Several years ago, she started her own business teaching piano to kids in the Charlotte community and instantly found so much joy in it. This summer, Emma was blessed with the opportunity to intern at Seacrest Studios, a position that combined her love for music, kids, and communication!

“One of my favorite memories at Seacrest Studios was when I visited a patient in his room and started talking to him about the studio and myself. I saw his face instantly light up with smiles and giggles. That is what we’re all about at Seacrest Studios – bringing happiness and positivity to kids’ lives!”

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Jordan West
Western Carolina University, Winter ’18

Jordan West is a driven young woman who strives to live life with the purpose of inspiring and uplifting others. As a December 2018 graduate from Western Carolina University, she is seeking a full time position in Broadcasting and Public Relations where she aspires to utilize her education and personal experiences. Jordan enjoys interacting with new people and creating lifelong connections. She is thrilled to embark on new adventures and discover what the future holds.

“My favorite experience was having the pleasure to meet DJ Coco / Colleena. She came into the studio for the first time one Friday afternoon and wanted to sing a song to the patients that were staying on her floor. She had the whole floor turn to channel 99 to watch and hear her sing. Colleen stayed in the studio for over an hour just singing songs back to back and had an audience standing outside of the studio clapping, hollering, and cheering her on. I was over whelmed with happy tears for Colleena, and impressed by her amazing voice. She will forever leave a huge impact in my life.”

Kathleen Cook
University of North Carolina at Charlotte ’19

Kathleen Cook is currently a senior at UNC Charlotte. She has a few passions in her life, but the main two are sports and journalism. With two older brothers and a dad who all love sports, growing up, she had no choice but to attend countless sporting events. Her love was instant. Sophomore year in high school Kathleen joined the school newspaper and fell in love with journalism. She quickly climbed to editor-in-chief her junior and senior years. When she came to college, Kathleen knew she wanted to continue to pursue journalism, and immediately became involved with the campus newspaper. She quickly found a niche and became sports editor of the campus paper sophomore and junior year. Now, in her final year of college, she is the video editor for the campus newspaper as well as a digital media intern for ESPN offices in Charlotte.

“My favorite summer memory has to be DJ M. She came down to our studio one day with her cousin and we jammed out to Moana and then DJ M told me about how she makes bracelets and that she would make me one. A few weeks had gone by and I hadn’t seen my friend in a while. On my last day in the studio, Meredith told me someone had dropped something off for me — DJ M made me (and Meredith) keychains!!! It was honestly the best moment in the internship because, while I knew that DJ M would always be a part of me, it showed me that I had made some sort of impact on my friend.”

Kendel Davy
University of South Carolina ’19

Kendel is a senior Public Relations Major at the University of South Carolina. She is a cheerleader for the university and has been voted most spirited three years in a row. She has a passion for helping children and their families as they go through the experience of being in a hospital. Kendel hopes to combine her high spirited energy and passion for kids to work at a children’s hospital in the future.

“My favorite memory at Seacrest Studios was meeting Xavier. He made every shift so much fun! We would always call down to the studio, he pied me in the face for PT and he painted my face. He made my heart melt so many times but especially watching the accomplishments as his health progressed. When he left the hospital, the amount of people that grew to love him was amazing.”

Randi Moultrie
Winthrop University ’19

Coming to Seacrest Studios from Charleston, SC, Randi is a senior Mass Communication major and Business Administration minor at Winthrop University. After an amazing internship opportunity with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation she has found a new love for radio. In the next year Randi plans to move to Houston, TX where she aspires to build a career in the broadcasting field and pursue her master’s in business. Randi’s aspiration is to one day return the Ryan Seacrest Foundation as a Program Coordinator for one of their many studios across the country.

“My favorite summer memory would have to be meeting DJ Coco, her story and pure happiness always seemed to put a smile on everyone’s face. I got the chance to allow her to do my make-up, because I knew it was something she loved and felt she could not embrace being in the hospital, so I wanted to give her the chance to smile.”

Scotty Gavlin
University of South Carolina ’19

Scotty aka “DJ Scotty G” was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Lexington, SC. He once told his mom that he wanted to be a broadcaster and she said, “you can’t do that Scotty, you mumble.” His reply? “Mom I am 8.” (*Note from Scotty: This is a true story, but seriously she is the greatest person in the world.) His mumble did not bring him down as he pursued a broadcast class in high school. Scotty’s love of broadcast comes from his passion for communicating with others and building impactful relationships. Whatever he does in his life, he wants that to be a part of it; News, sports, ministry, whatever it may be just getting to be with people and hearing stories would be a dream come true.

“We did this thing called iHeart Art on Thursdays and one week a boy named Bren came down. He was super little and kinda shy at first. Then we asked if he wanted a song and he said “Rollie Rollie.” (Not the correct name of the song, but so cute.) I then started dancing and when I did he looked up at me and raised his arms for me to pick him up. For the next 30 minutes, we just danced. Danced a little too much because we were asked to calm down. Still though seeing him happy and all the attention on him made the whole day great.”

 

Hannah Slater
University of South Carolina ’18

For a long time I knew that whatever I did career-wise I wanted to positively impact people, however I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to accomplish that. In high school I began exploring the field of journalism, and it quickly occurred to me that this could be just the avenue I was searching for. Journalism has the opportunity to do such great good in the lives of others, and though that isn’t necessarily always what occurs, I hope to ethically and effectively produce quality journalism to improve the lives of my audience.

“The first time Colleena ever came into the studio was a Friday, which was the day I worked. We knew nothing about her outside of the fact that she was a patient when she came in. Colleena’s mother explained to us that Colleena’s passion was music, so we asked her if she wanted to sing for us. Little did we know the magic that was about to occur. When Colleena began singing, I don’t believe there was a dry eye in that room. Her beautiful voice reflected her beautiful soul, and it was amazing to see such a vibrant light of hope when something so tragic had happened to her family and herself. There are so many moments like this one that occur in Seacrest Studios, and it’s amazing to see the level of strength that such young individuals can have.”

 

Jake Selvey
Wake Forest University

Seacrest Studios from the perspective of an intern:
http://wakeforestreview.com/its-djake-on-the-air/

Jason Mraz Performs “Have It All” for Patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta!

Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz showed up at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with his all-female back-up singers to perform for patients and families in Seacrest Studios recently. Jason makes positivity a priority and it was evident from his visit!  He was so much fun, joking with and encouraging patients, living up to the lyrics in his song, “Have It All.”

We learned he has performed on every continent and his favorite place was Myanmar, where he sang for over 70,000 people even though it was illegal (until then) to have gatherings over twelve! Jason even taught us a phrase from Myanmar that inspired his song, “Have It All!” When a patient asked Mraz if he had ever forgotten his lyrics while on stage he mentioned one of his band members gave him the following piece of advice…”Say MEOW in place of the forgotten lyrics!”  Then Jason admitted he had been “meowing” at one of his recent concerts! Thank you for such a great visit Jason!

 

AJ Mitchell Performs for Patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Fresh off his performance on the TODAY show, singer songwriter and social media sensation, AJ Mitchell, popped into Seacrest Studios and performed for patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! Here to promote his new EP, Hopeful, the 17-year old talked about how exciting the last couple of years have been since moving from his small town in Illinois to Los Angeles to pursue his career as a recording artist and songwriter.

Having started piano at age four, it was no surprise to his parents that by age six, Mitchell has already written his first song — featuring a little bird. He even sang a verse or two before performing “I Don’t Want You back” and “Girls,” both on his debut EP. AJ hopes to go on tour next year, and we hope Atlanta will be one of his stops! Best of luck to this rising star, and thank you for visiting us in Seacrest Studios!

 

Little Big Town Brings BIG Smiles to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia!

Little Big Town’s impact was anything but little when they stopped by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Perhaps as much a draw for the parents they were for the patients, the Grammy award-winning band was all smiles and laughs as they swapped stories with a packed Atrium.

From pranks with Carrie Underwood, to Spongebob and Sesame Street impressions, the members of Little Big Town went down memory lane discussing their adventures on the road, the opportunities that their success has brought, and the glue that has held them together for so many years. And how’s this for a class act? They cancelled their own sound check to do some extra special room visits before departing the hospitals. Thanks, Little Big Town, for the little moments and the big day for our kids!

All Time Low Makes Another Visit to Seacrest Studios!

What a better distraction for the patients at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia than some games with All Time Low! The band was a hit at the hospital during their pit stop before their big show, melting the hearts of patients (and some of our interns) with their comradery and playful demeanor.

Diving into a game of “All Time Trivia,” each member was quizzed with “easy” questions about their own band. We quickly witnessed little success and hilarious consequences (just check out what the kids made them wear for wrong answers). When asked about their lengthy journey together, perhaps Alex Gaskarth gave away the best secret of all to their success, “we grew up on the road…stay creative and stay driven.” Keep it up, guys!

Thanks for visiting Seacrest Studios, All Time Low! We can’t wait to have you back.