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The Revivalists Visit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Studio Staff, Whitney Osborne

New Orleans band, The Revivalists, started off their visit to Seacrest Studios at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with a performance of their hit song, “Wish I Knew You.”

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!

 

PRETTYMUCH Visits Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

 

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.

Michael Ray Brightens Up Seacrest Studios in Boston!

 

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! 

 

Old Dominion Makes a Special Visit to Levine’s Children’s Hospital

 

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!

 

Our Founder, Ryan Seacrest Returns to His Hometown of Atlanta!

Ryan Seacrest returned to his hometown of Atlanta to visit patients and fans at his very first Seacrest Studio – where his dream of creating an uplifting environment and contributing in some small way to the healing process for patients who could be going through a difficult time – became a reality through his Ryan Seacrest Foundation in 2010. And it was great to have him back!

 

 

Patients were eager to tell Ryan all the things they love to do in the studio, from singing and playing games to hanging out with the interns and interviewing celebrities. Excited to take a crack at interviewing one of the best “interviewers” himself, patients took turns with hard-hitting questions.  Ryan especially enjoyed the one asking him which he loved more, “being on radio or being on TV?”  Hmmm, we’ll leave you pondering his answer! Lots of pictures, hugs and autographs followed the Q&A session. Then it was back to New York City and  Live With Kelly & Ryan, where he shared a wonderful video of his visit with us!  Thanks so much Ryan—we love you!

 

 

Ed Sheeran Makes a Surprise Visit to Boston Children’s Hospital!

 

Video recap by Intern Joyce Lee

Blog Post by Intern Nicole Cutinella

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British singer-songwriter-sweetheart Ed Sheeran recently added a surprise stop on his tour: Seacrest Studios at Boston Children’s Hospital!

Patients and families flooded the studio and the connecting Patient Entertainment Center to hang with Ed— making this the most attended VIP visit at Seacrest Studios in Boston ever! Excited Ed Sheehan fans came equipped with handmade signs, cards for him, and instruments to be signed. He also had some very excited callers from upstairs on the units!

Ed answered questions from patients including “What is your hidden talent?” (Making a funny popping noise with his mouth) and “Where is the coolest place you’ve ever been to?” (Manila in the Philippines)!

After the interview, Ed pulled out his guitar and sang for his audience. The whole crowd, was in awe of Ed’s flawless live vocals. First, he took a request from an in-studio super-fan who was seated next to him! He played an amazing rendition of her favorite song, “Lego House”. Then everyone in the crowd joined Ed in singing his most recent hit, “Shape of You”. Ed also took the time to sing a very special “Happy Birthday” to a young patient sitting at the studio desk!

Before he left to get ready for his show, Ed stuck around to meet and sign autographs for every patient and family member in attendance, which we estimate to be over 300 people! He also made some special video messages on parent cell phones for patients who couldn’t make it down to meet him in person.

Ed’s generosity and talent warmed a lot of hearts at Boston Children’s Hospital. Thank you so much, Ed! You’re welcome at Seacrest Studios anytime!​

 

Brett Eldredge Spreads Smiles at Seacrest Studios in Dallas

 

Written by: Paula Cuadrado

 

Eight-year-old Brylie knew she would get to see country superstar Brett Eldredge when he came to Texas on tour, but it went a little different than she planned. See, Brylie and her family had tickets to see Brett and his pals in concert in Dallas but the tour date came when she was hospitalized for a lengthy stay and couldn’t make it out to the concert.

But that’s where the Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center Dallas works its magic. Since the children who are hospitalized can’t make it out to the concert, we bring the concert and events to them, right there in the hospital. So instead of being one in a crowd of thousands, Brylie and other patients at Children’s Health got the VIP fan treatment with Brett Eldredge!

Brylie, along with Zoe, Jaci, Sarah and others got to interview Brett and ask him questions about his music career, his favorite color and what he likes to do with his dog, Edgar. Brett posed for pics and selfies with everyone who came down to see him, and even held one of his littlest fans, 3-month old Paisley.

Before the visit wrapped up, Brett pulled out his guitar and serenaded Seacrest Studios and all those watching on TV from their hospital rooms with his country hit, “Wanna Be That Song.”

Check out the video to watch the fun and laughter with Brett!

Thank you, Brett Eldredge, for making time to hang out in Seacrest Studios! You spread so many smiles, which is something you’re good at! We know you want to come back, “Don’t Ya”? But don’t take “The Long Way” to get back here because when we hear the “Beat of the Music” it makes us “Wanna Be That Song” and I may “Lose My Mind” as if I “Haven’t Met You” when really you will always be our “Superhero” and “The Reason” we want to “Bring You Back.” We know there’s “No Stopping You!”

Taylor Grey Makes a Special Visit to Children’s ATL

It’s not hard to fall in love with singer songwriter Taylor Grey, who made a special stop in Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently. She is as kind as she is beautiful and as talented as she is engaging.  Taylor started writing songs and performing at a very young age and now, at 20, she’s seeing her hard work pay off with last year’s release of her debut album, Space Case.

Hardly a “space case” herself, the Stanford junior explained how her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut influenced her album’s title. Grey performed two songs for patients (one of which she admitted she never performs live!) – what a treat! And before heading out, she made a detour to spend time with a fan who couldn’t make it to the studio. Taylor GREY, you have a heart of GOLD.  Come back anytime!

 

RSF Spotlight: Meet Our Awesome Team at Children’s Colorado!

MEET CODY, CHRIS AND MICAH!

Meet our awesome Seacrest Studios team at Children’s Colorado! Chris Coleman, our Studio Manager who can say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” backwards from memory! Cody Hudson our Child Life Specialist, who can lip-sync and dance to ANYTHING. And Micah Bridges, our Tech Specialist and former intern who can do a FLAWLESS pirate impression! Together, these three have made the studio a special place for patients to hang out. Learn more about Chris, Cody and Micah in their own words:

How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios? Chris & Cody: Since we opened over three years ago! Micah: Six months as an intern and eight months as an employee!

  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: All of us: when kids have a BLAST in the studio! Chris: Backwards Forwards, Cody: Magical Mystery Shirt of Mystery and Magic (during Bingo), Micah: Closeup Picture Game
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): All of us: Chris & Micah: Ed Sheeran because SO many people were watching…and his super slow-mo shake-face. Cody: Eric Paslay, because he remembered kids from his first visit during his second visit.
  • Do you have a special hidden talent? Chris can say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” backwards from memory, Cody can lip-sync and dance to ANYTHING, Micah: FLAWLESS pirate impression

 

Thank you, Chris, Cody and Micah for making Seacrest Studios at Children’s Colorado such an awesome place to be!

Patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Welcome Luke Combs!

By: Raven Fulton, Studio Intern

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center patients, families, and staff welcomed Luke Combs to Seacrest Studios with waves of laughter and cheer. The “Hurricane” singer was very laid back and comfortable on the mic answering many patient questions.

One of those questions being, “If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be?” His answer, “John Cena, I would like to be a strong muscle-ly guy for a day”. The country singer went back and forth trying to decide between John Cena and The Rock before asking the audience who they thought was cooler. With a unanimous vote, the studio audience chose The Rock. After this decision, he realized that he left John Cena in the dust. He asked the audience if now had “beef” with John Cena. He just wants to remind everyone he did start off wanting to be John Cena in the beginning.

During his interview, Luke talked about how he got started in his music career. Luke Combs is a self-taught musician. He explained how he set small goals for himself instead of one big goal. Starting with learning to play one cord on the guitar. Everyone can take something away from Luke setting small goals. If you set small goals it doesn’t mean you’ll never get to the big goal.

One of our studio regulars, Keegan, asked Luke, “What were some of his favorite songs to perform live?” He responded with his song “Honky Tonk Highway” is always a fun time and “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton, cover of “Brand New Man” by Brooks and Dunn and anything Eric Church – of course.

An audience member asked who were his biggest inspirations. The CMA nominee replied with, “Eric Church always.” Just Kidding! His parents. They always have been his biggest support system even when he dropped out of college, which he doesn’t encourage anyone to do.

Before Luke left, a patient told him she was planning on attending his concert but, unfortunately, was not able to make it. He made sure to grab not only her name but brothers name as well, who was still attending the concert, to give him a shout out from his sister at the concert!

Thank you to Luke Combs for coming by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – Seacrest Studio!