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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.”

 

 

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!

RSF Spotlight: Meet Maya

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

MEET MAYA!

(Maya on the right, with her sister Leah on the left)

Maya hosts her own pop culture show called “Latest News To Keep You In The Groove, With Maya!” at Seacrest Studios in Children’s Hospital of Colorado. With her own tenacity and effort, she has set up and completed about 10 celebrity call-in interviews with everyone from YouTube up-and-comers, The Fresh Men, to Madison Hu and Olivia Rodrigo from Disney’s show, Bizaardvark!! She has truly found a calling and it’s incredible to watch. Learn more about Maya in her own words:

  • How old are you? 14
  • Who is your favorite artist and or song? Tie between Jon Klaasen (I got to interview him on my own show) he is so talented, and Selena Gomez!
  • Who was your favorite studio guest? Sabrina Carpenter! She was so nice, and I also got to meet her sister, Sarah!
  • Do you have your own show? I have a show that’s all about pop culture and it’s called “The Latest News To Keep You In The Groove”! Ryan, I’m still waiting for you to call in! 🙂
  • Do you have a special hidden talent? I can learn all the words to songs very quickly.

Thank you, Maya, for helping make Seacrest Studios in Colorado such a fun place to be!

 

Don’t forget to follow Maya for all the latest updates on her show!

Instagram: @thelatestnewswithmaya

Twitter: @msingerpop

YouTube: Pop Star Extraordinaire Maya

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!

Olympic Gold Medalist Jordyn Wieber Inspires Patients In Philadelphia!

Guess who beamed their way into Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia? One of the original Fierce Five, Jordyn Wieber! No stranger to some tough challenges herself, Jordyn inspired patients and families with her remarkable stories of perseverance toward winning the gold. As she continues to pursue coaching for future olympic gymnast hopefuls, we certainly hope she can come back and teach us a thing or two. Keep it up, Jordyn!

 

 

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!

Jon Bellion Performs at Seacrest Studios in Atlanta!

Showing up at Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta sporting an impressive resume, singer-songwriter, record producer and rapper JON BELLION and his best friends/bandmates wowed patients with an incredible live performance of his hit song, “All Time Low.” During the interview, we learned one of his pre-show rituals is a final check with each member of his band (which includes a creative, custom handshake unique to each guy), which then included an actual demonstration!

Following that, Jon delighted patients by creating a special hand shake with each of his new friends (and even remembered each one when put to the test!) But the big hearted New Yorker didn’t stop there…he gave one lucky patient an impromptu “golden ticket invitation” to their sound check and pre-doors experience including a stretch limo to the venue, her own dressing room with her name on the door, time on stage to test out each instrument, a session with the lighting guy to set the stage, her pick of tour merchandise and even some time with a masseuse for her mom! Jon, you are a supremely talented and generous guy and to quote one grateful father, “You have no idea what these visits do for us!” Thank you so much.

 

Brothers Osborne Sings with Patients in Atlanta

2016’s Award winning country duo, John and TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne stopped by Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to perform for patients recently. A couple of things stood out:

  1. They’re both verytall and
  2. They’re two of the nicest guys in the business

Their thoughtful rendition of “You Are My Sunshine” had every parent singing along. Patients especially loved watching the good-natured brothers play a fun game of “Only Your Bro Knows” and learned several little known facts about them! It’s easy to see why these brothers are so popular—they’re humble, kind and extremely talented! Thank you again for taking time out of your day to visit Seacrest Studios Atlanta!

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!

New District Sings for Patients at Children’s Hospital of Orange County

The boys of New District stopped by Children’s Hospital of Orange County to brighten the day by singing their hit song Closer as well as answering some questions from patients and siblings in studio.

Dylan, Julian, Devin, Jaden and Sean talked about the formation of the band and how over the past year the guys have gotten close and enjoyed performing together.  Becoming friends before they became a band was an important part of making the chemistry of the overall group work.

Their musical inspirations span from Drake to N’sync to Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake.  Their passion for music is what drove them to become a band and they love goofing around and just being friends.

Thanks to Dylan, Julian, Devin, Jaden and Sean from New District for visiting the patients at CHOC and making the patients smile and laugh.