Our friend, Lana Del Rey, stayed an extra day after her concert in Washington D.C. to make a special visit to Seacrest Studios at Children’s National! From the moment she was spotted through the studio’s glass windows at Children’s National, patients and families could not contain their excitement! The studio was packed with her fans and some of patients wanted to sit by the mics so they could ask her some fantastic questions! Lana told us all about what she’d been doing during her spare time in D.C., saying that she made a visit to see the White House with some of her friends. To everyone’s surprise Lana admitted she still has stage fright and gets super nervous before each performance. Lucky for the audience, however, Lana treated everyone to a private, up close and personal performance. She sang a few songs for us, including her version of “Once Upon a Dream” from “Maleficent”. She said that if she could put her own spin on any other Disney song, it would have to be something from “The Little Mermaid”.
The room was filled with smiling faces as Lana warmed everyone’s spirit. Lana also filled us in on her pre-show routine, saying she loves to sing along to songs by artists like Whitney Houston and Ariana Grande to warm up her voice before her concerts. We also found out that she loves cats, and her favorite color is anything that glitters!
After giving the patients some great advice on following their passions, Lana took pictures and signed autographs for everyone. One of the highlights of her visit was when a mother asked Lana for a special favor. It was her daughter’s birthday and she was a huge fan! Unfortunately, she was not in the studio for the visit. To the birthday girl’s surprise, Lana personally called her and sang “Happy Birthday” to her over the phone. Tears streamed down the mother’s face as Lana serenaded her daughter on her special day. It was a magical moment! Lana repeated how happy she was to be able to visit Children’s National. “This is where my heart is,” said Lana. Before leaving, she assured everyone she would come back again soon. Seacrest Studios can’t wait for Lana’s next visit! Lana, thank you so much for taking the time to visit us and good luck on the rest of our tour!
19-year-old, five-time Grammy nominee, Khalid, visited Seacrest Studios in Nashville for the River of Hope Radiothon at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Reminiscing on a tweet from three years ago, Khalid mentioned he has always dreamed of attending the Grammys. However, he never imagined doing so as a nominee. Khalid explained, “Back in 2014 when I had tweeted ‘I want to go to the Grammys’, I just wanted to sit at the Grammys. I just wanted to see the joy in everyone’s face when they were given the award that they deserve.” He then went on to encourage patients to follow their dreams, even if they might not know what that dream is yet.
As a member of the Musicians On Call organization, Khalid spoke to the power of music in his life. He can’t help but smile during all of his performances as he witnesses the unspoken joy music brings to an audience. He aspires to use his platform to talk to individuals who continuously push for music while combating negativity in the world.
Following an a cappella performance of his hit song “Location,” Khalid spent time answering questions from patients. We learned random facts about his favorite snacks, which include Swiss rolls and red Starbursts, as well as his dream superpower of teleporting to Paris for dinner. When patient Ryan asked how he sings so well, studio goers learned the inside scoop of Khalid’s mom and how she raised him around music, encouraging his vocal talent. Khalid then shared his reasoning behind joining the Musicians On Call organization: Simply put he loves people and aspires to spread joy and positivity throughout the world.
Thank you for spreading so much laughter and positivity in Seacrest Studios, Khalid! You are welcome back any time!
By Savannah Stewart, Lipscomb University
Country star, Brett Eldredge, popped in to Seacrest Studios in Nashville to visit his friends at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt! He sat down at the microphone next to our friends Jayden and Sophie to hang out and sing some songs. Eldredge sang us “Long Way” off of his new album. The music video for the song had just been released days before – and of course we got the scoop on what making a music video is like! Brett also showed off some of his favorite dance moves – “The Eldredge” is “all in the shoulders!”
A game of “Never Have I Ever” was also necessary. A few secrets came out from Eldredge along the way! He let us know that he has gone to the Principal’s office multiple times and loves his dog a lot – even enough to have tried a dog treat to see what his dog had been eating!
Brett took pictures with all of his Seacrest Studios fans, sang a couple chorus’ with aspiring young artists, and did a few model poses with patients. We loved our time with Brett Eldredge and look forward to his next visit!
Recap & video by studio intern: Jacqueline Malone
While on tour with the Backstreet Boys, Olivia Holt visited Charlotte’s Levine Children’s Hospital! She was greeted by a full house at Seacrest Studios and started out her visit by answering fun patient questions from the famous fish bowl. When asked what cartoon character she identified with, Olivia answered, “This is gonna sound very odd but Hello kitty. I love Hello, I have seen almost every single episode of Hello Kitty. And I think that she just likes going on adventures, and I think that’s like my life, and my journey.” When asked what Disney character she would be, Olivia said, “I would play Rapunzel in Tangled for sure. If they were making a live action I would be Rapunzel.” When asked why Olivia said, “One, she has a great sense of humor and down for anything, sassy but fun and has these weird quirks about her that is relatable, and she’s just cool.” Olivia was also “dared” to do a choregraphed model walk down the pretend Seacrest Studios runway and worked the catwalk posing with one of our patients!
Olivia and her fans began playing “Finish the Christmas Lyrics.” Each patient had the opportunity to finish singing the lyrics that was missing from the song. From Jingle Bell Rock to Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, Olivia and the patients sang their hearts out, bringing in holiday cheer.
Afterwards, each patient and Oliva had a total of 30 seconds to draw their best holiday character on a candy cane or gingerbread. Each person showed their artistic talents and had loads of giggles when they saw each other’s art.
Using the green screen, everyone had to grab their dancing shoes and did a special version of our Friday program, Seacrest Idol! Olivia and her fellow dancers got loose and copied all the moves to the song “That Power” by Justin Bieber & will.i.am on Just Dance. At one point Olivia said, “I might just do my own!”, free styling with her own great moves! With huge smiles on the faces and the green screen in the background, everyone in the hospital was able to see their dancing performance live on their digital stage!
While wrapping up her visit, Olivia took pictures and autographs with her fans. She learned about a special patient that wasn’t able to come down to the studio for her visit. To accommodate her fan, Olivia went upstairs and personally visited sweet Jesslie in her room! Jesslie has become well known and loved in this hospital. She said that all she wanted was “to see her hero that was downstairs”. It was truly a Christmas miracle for this sweet girl.
Olivia’s visit kicked off the holidays right at LCH and brought such joy to our precious patients. We were so thankful to have such a bright, friendly, and loving person in our studio!
Once upon a time, a famous singer came to Seacrest Studios in Dallas in search of a magical princess.
You see, Halsey tours the world but heard she would be able to meet some particularly incredible young fans at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. And that she did! Halsey was greeted by several young fans who quickly became her friends. They talked about all sorts of things like her music, her inspirations and what she likes to do for fun.
And then, as their time together was wrapping up, a tiny, young princess dressed in a gorgeous white gown and topped with a crown and veil appeared. Her name was Carli and she was ever so precious. Halsey knew instantly, this was the special princess she was supposed to meet. The two talked about their favorite Disney princesses, which sparked Halsey to sing a song from the Tangled movie.
Princess Carli and Halsey became best friends in an instant. And everyone lived happily ever after!
Thank you, Halsey, for coming to visit us! We loved meeting you! See you next time!
Studio Staff, Whitney Osborne
Lead singer David talked about being home here in Cincinnati, and receiving the key to his hometown, Hamilton, Ohio. For a day they renamed the city to “Jamilton” in honor of David and the concert The Revivalists put on every year.
When it came time to for their interview patient Mary Kate wanted to know how long they have been a band – which has been for 10 years!
Jerra asked her infamous “How would you rearrange the food pyramid?” question. David would choose to eat as many fruits and veggies as possible. Zack seconded that motion and said to add nuts in there too. From this question we learned they also love to enjoy Sour Patch Kids every once in awhile.
Emmalynn joined in to sing some “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” with David and Zack! Zack had lots of fun facts to share with us including that our “ABC’s” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” have the same melody!
Our patient entertainer, Emmalynn, went back and forth with Zack on who could tell the best joke; Zack’s pick was “Why did Adele cross the road? To say ‘Hello’ from the other side!”
When playing “Heads Up!” it was a team effort from Emmalynn, Mary Kate, and Zack to help David guess Princess Jasmine – the clue of an herb that smells good closed the deal!
It was a great morning in the studio filled with laughter and smiles. Thank you to David and Zack of The Revivalists for taking the time to lift the spirits of patients and families of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center!
Written by: Studio Intern, Erica Hawkins
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia welcomed the amazing boy band known as PRETTYMUCH to Seacrest Studios. With their top notch harmonies and amazing good looks, PRETTYMUCH was an instant hit with the patients and families of CHOP. The group sung an acapella arrangement of R&B and Pop songs and showcased just why mogul Simon Cowell chose these guys to create the next big boy band.
Brandon, Edwin, Zion, Nick, and Austin shared how they all live in one house in LA. Even after being whisked away to live together for over a year, the group said they love every minute! The guys said that they are more like brothers and they do PRETTY MUCH everything together.
The guys also played a little game in which each band member received a sticky note with an impersonation. A few impersonations included your best evil laugh and sing a song in a chipmunk voice. The kids loved their rendition of “The Chipmunk Song.”
To end their visit PRETTYMUCH took pictures with patients and their families and signed a few autographs.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Seacrest Studios thanks PRETTYMUCH for visiting and spreading joy to our patients and families.
Photos by intern Kate Bell
Video recap by intern Joyce Lee
Written recap by Molly McIntyre
Country singer Michael Ray stopped by Seacrest Studios at Boston Children’s Hospital during his tour! Michael shared stories of his lifelong interest in music, including playing in a band in high school. He also talked about what he’d be doing if he wasn’t a musician, which was following in his family’s footsteps and being a first responder!
Patient Ty asked Michael some fun “Would You Rather” questions, and Michael made the bold claim that he’d rather rake leaves than shovel snow! Afterwards, fellow patient Catherine jumped in with some questions of her own, where we learned that Michael’s favorite movies are the “Rocky” movies!
Michael was kind enough to sing his song “Get To You” for the kids, as well as sign autographs for everyone! He also posed for some amazing pictures with the kids, and even let future doctor Amia check his heartbeat!
Thank you so much for visiting us, Michael! We hope you come visit us at Seacrest Studios the next time you find yourself in Boston!
Video by Program Coordinator, Meredith Dean & Intern, Justin Lape
Blog Post by Intern, Danielle Miller
While visiting Charlotte, North Carolina, country music group Old Dominion stopped by Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital to answer questions, talk with patients, and play some games. This was the group’s second time visiting the kids at LCH.
The visit was Halloween themed and started off with the band members putting on Batman and Frankenstein masks and doing their best impersonations of the characters. When asked about what they would be dressing up as for the upcoming holiday, the group said that they were still thinking about their costumes, but they are leaning towards being superheroes such as Iron Man or Superman.
With roots in Virginia, we decided to quiz the band on their Virginia state knowledge. They were able to guess the state’s nickname, which is where they got their band name, Old Dominion. Matthew Ramsey knew the most out of the members, and was able to name the state capital and state bird as well. Another game we played was “Guess that country lyric” that the group did excellent at! Whit Sellers showed off his incredible Luke Bryan impression/accent during the game, and we even got everyone to sing a couple of country lyrics.
The patients asked the group a variety of silly questions. The group revealed that they all love to sing in the shower. They get hug attacks from fans sometimes at concerts or when they’re out and about. Brad, Matthew, and Trevor all admitted to snoring loudly in the middle of the night and proceeded to show us their snores.
Towards the end of the visit, the group gave patients their advice when they’re having a bad day. Brad said he loves to call his mom, dad, or friends when he’s having a tough day. Trevor said that getting hugs from anyone and everyone always makes him feel better and makes the rest of his day go better. Matthew concluded by saying when he’s feeling down, he goes to his music and likes to write things down or listen to his favorite songs.
The visit ended with patients taking pictures with Old Dominion. Even the Levine Children’s Hospital security guards and nursing staff got in on the action. We had so much fun with this energetic group and hope they come back soon to Seacrest Studios in Charlotte soon!