Kacey Musgraves Sings At Seacrest Studios!

Country music singer, Kacey Musgraves, was hand-picked to open for Kenny Chesney’s “No Shoes Nation” tour this year.  Musgraves also became a hand-picked favorite of Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH) after having sung her way into the hearts of patients who met her on her stop with Chesney’s tour in the Queen City.

On the heels of her third album, Musgraves burst onto the country scene during the fifth season of Nashville Star in 2007.  She made her mark then and increased her fan base in 2013 at Seacrest Studios Charlotte.  Musgraves wowed her LCH audience with a beautiful rendition of “Silver Lining,” one of her hits from the Same Trailer Different Park album.

Inspired by Musgraves, who just turned 25, LCH patients left the studio with autographs, encouragement, and fond memories of her visit!

Many thanks to Kacey for spending time at Seacrest Studios!

Jesse McCartney Visits Seacrest Studios And Talks About Music, Acting & His Celebrity Crush!

Actor and music star Jesse McCartney stopped by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to visit with patients and to talk about his new music.  Jesse, who is currently touring with DJ Pauly D and the Backstreet Boys, just recently released a new single called “Back Together.”  Known for his mega hits “Beautiful Soul” and “Leavin,’” Jesse is excited to be performing some new material, which he believes is “fresh..and something the fans haven’t heard before.” After a patient asked Jesse to sing “Beautiful Soul,” Jesse was nice enough to give us an impromptu performance as well as a reenactment of his favorite dance moves!

As well as being a music superstar, Jesse has also acted on TV and in movies. “I love all mediums: acting, singing, writing; it’s my favorite.”  He let us know that one of his most favorite moments of his career (so far) was voicing the character of Theodore in the “Alvin and the Chipmunks” movies. “I grew up watching the Chipmunks, my parents grew up watching the Chipmunks, and it’s really become a mutigenerational classic. I remember as a kid sitting on the couch with my huge bowl of cereal watching the Chipmunks, so it’s really become a sort of benchmark moment for me.” He even graced us with a sample Chipmunk voice and explained the process of voice recording. Jesse also had a starring role in the hit television show “Summerland” which definitely left a lasting impact on one patient who shared his endearing story of being named after Jesse’s character!

Patients then asked Jesse about some of his “favorite things.” Jesse talked about his favorite music and movies, his love for baseball, his snacking habits and even his celebrity crush (Mila Kunis)! His loving fans were quick to squash that subject though when they proposed marriage to their favorite heartthrob.  Jesse also let us know that he has been (and hopes to continue) writing with rock band Hot Chelle Rae on some new material. We definitely look forward to that!

We thank Jesse for taking the time to talk with us about his awesome career and we look forward to all of his future work! We hope he visits again soon!
Thank you, Kevin Gordon, for this great recap!

Josh Groban Visits Seacrest Studios And Talks About His Foundation And New Album!

Josh Groban stopped by Seacrest Studios for an interview and to hang out with patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta!

During his visit, Josh talked about his tour and his latest album, All That Echoes. He is very proud of the album and co-wrote seven of the songs on it. He also talked about his experience helping Kelly Ripa co-host. It was really fun for him to be part of her show.

We also learned that he and his brother (who is 4 years younger than him) share the same birthday!

When asked if he likes acting, he told us he really enjoys when he has time to film TV and movies. He had a great time being a part of “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and would love to act more in the future.

Josh is also very passionate about his Foundation, Find Your Light, which provides instruments and funding for arts and education programs. The focus is to enrich the lives of young people through arts, education and cultural awareness.

After his interview, Josh took the time to hang out and take pictures with patients. He met one patient that had written a song and Josh asked him to send it to him!

It was a very special day at Seacrest Studios and we thank Josh for his visit!

DJ Pauly D Stops By Seacrest Studios To Talk About Music, Pizza and Hair!

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia welcomed ‘Jersey Shore’ star DJ Pauly D on Friday, August 16th to Seacrest Studios. Patients and guests hung out with Pauly D, asking him fun questions about his exciting life on the road while getting a chance to snag some autographs and pictures (with him) too!

Pauly D, who is currently on a six week tour with Jesse McCartney and The Backstreet Boys, admits he loves traveling all over the country, mostly so he can try new foods!

“The best part about traveling the world is tasting the pizza in town,” Pauly said. His favorite place to grab a cheesy slice? “Chicago has great pizza!”

Although he confesses to not being the best chef around, Pauly’s refrigerator at home is still super organized.  “The labels are all turned forward perfectly, It’s like a commercial!”

Besides his love for food, patients were curious to know about Pauly D’s famous spiky hairstyle.

“It’s a process, it really is!,” Pauly said, explaining he uses his own special gel and blow drying technique that takes 25 minutes. He also told patients that one final coat of hairspray at the end will do the trick!

So how does DJ Pauly D keep his hair looking good all day long? For one thing, he keeps his headphones upside-down on his ears, showing some of our patient DJ’s how to hold them in place and use a shoulder to keep them on! He even kept his upside-down for his entire visit to the studio!

While he shared lots of his awesome DJ tips, Pauly D also told guests about how he started his successful career.

“My first DJ gig that I did, ever, was a sweet 16. I was nervous!” Pauly confessed. But after making a name for himself as the ‘Birthday DJ’ in his hometown in Rhode Island, word got out about his great style and catchy mixes!

Besides his passion for being a DJ, patients asked questions about his experience on the popular television show ‘Jersey Shore’.

“It was probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life,” Pauly said, telling the studio about his first experience on television. He also talked about the craziness of having cameras and microphones around him every day! “You don’t have time to do anything!”

He did, however, have time to ride lots of rides at the Jersey Shore boardwalks while filming the show. Pauly told patients about his love for thrill rides, including roller coasters and a spinning ball ride that shoots you high up in the air. “My hair doesn’t even move on that ride!” Pauly said.

Pauly finished up his awesome visit with a few fun questions. His celebrity crush?

“Nicki Minaj, she’s dope!” Pauly said. He also told patients that he would love to play a superhero like Superman or Iron Man in a movie.

“My outfit would have to be like Batman, something black and gold, and I want to be able to fly instead of taking planes!” Pauly said.

What’s next for Pauly D? A few awesome collaborations with popular artists. Pauly even told patients he would love to work with artists like Rihanna and Drake.

We wish DJ Pauly D good luck on his tour and look forward to hearing some of his new music this fall. Many thanks for stopping by Seacrest Studios at CHOP!

Thank you to Erica DePascale for this great recap!

American Idol’s Birthday Surprise At Seacrest Studios!

The atmosphere at Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH) was full of excitement as the 2013 American Idols (AI) walked into a packed crowd of patients and fans who had waited for their appearance at Seacrest Studios.  This year’s AI finalists were in the middle of their LIVE road tour when they stopped in North Carolina.  Candice Glover, the 2013 winner of the talent competition, joined the group in Charlotte to sing Happy Birthday to an LCH patient who had never missed an episode of the hit show, and who could not be in the studio.  

During their interview, the group talked about auditioning for American Idol, life on the road, believing in yourself and where they like to shop in Charlotte, before signing autographs and taking pictures with patients.

“If you are an artist, it is important to be different.  It’s important to be unique.  It’s important to have something that sets you apart from everybody else.  As an artist, it is always important to know what you want to be, who you want to be, and how you want to portray yourself.” – Curtis Finch, Jr.

An immeasurable amount of encouragement was left behind in Charlotte as the group departed.  LCH patients will be watching when the new season of American Idol returns in January. Thanks to everyone for the special visit! 

One Republic Hangs Out At Seacrest Studios In Charlotte!

One group, one hospital, one studio, One Republic!  A huge crowd formed at Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH) to see the American rock group, One Republic, make an appearance at Seacrest Studios in Charlotte.  Patients, fans, and staff cheered the popular, award-winning band on as its members made their way into the newly opened broadcast center in the Queen City.  It didn’t take long for this talented group of musicians to thrill current fans and win over new ones at LCH.  the band sat down at the mics to discuss their tour, packing rituals, motivation on tough days, infomercials, and advice on getting into the music business.  

Patients enjoyed a meet-and-greet with band members in the studio, and up on the hospital floors, before the group played to a packed house at the Uptown Amphitheatre at the NC Music Factory.  T-shirts, posters, and pictures were signed, and photos were snapped as a reminder of a memorable day with musical giants at Levine Children’s Hospital.

Many thanks to One Republic for making it a very special day in studio.

Cimorelli Returns To Seacrest Studios In Dallas!

The Cimorelli sisters visited Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas for the second time to hang out with patients and show off some of their new tunes.  The group performed their hit single “Made in America” and opened up about the album they are currently working on. Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren, and Dani attracted a massive fan base by posting A Capella covers on YouTube; however, the sisters promise their new album will be full of originals – and they are excited!

“Putting our original music out there has been so amazing, and we have such an amazing fan response for those songs that are originals. So, I think that is going to be our focus,” Katherine said.

Christina said fans can look forward to songs that reveal personal details about the girls’ lives. “We have so many songs they haven’t heard yet about relationships and our life and stuff, so it is really exciting to start releasing a few,” she said.

Along with their unique fashion and musical styles, the sisters are equipped with their own personalities. They described each other during their visit, and here’s the scoop on each one (from oldest to youngest):  

Christina: “She has a tough shell. She is very bossy. She likes to be in charge and be the leader… She also has a fun, spunky, silly side. She likes to have fun together and get everyone together in the mini van and go to the store together,” Katherine said.

Katherine: “Katherine is really bubbly & motherly. She likes to bake cookies… She loves people and likes to write poetry,” Lisa said.

Lisa:  “Lisa is really chill but also really hyper at the same time… She is really into music and stuff. She is always listening to music. She likes to plug the headphones in halfway so she can hear the background vocals,” Amy said.

Amy: “Amy doesn’t want to rock the boat. She will do anything for you, pretty much. She likes to keep everyone happy and take care of people, and then she is just fun,” Lauren said.

Lauren: “Lauren is very introverted, sarcastic. She gives me these motivational speeches every week,” Dani said.

Dani: “Dani is really energetic and does not stop moving, EVER. She’s spunky, bubbly, really outgoing. Dani just loves talking to people all the time,” Christina said.

Thanks for visiting the studio for the second time – we can’t wait for the new album!

Ariana Grande Is Interviewed By Patients At Seacrest Studios!

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) was thrilled to welcome Ariana Grande to Seacrest Studios.  Patients loved having the opportunity to sit down with Ariana and learn a little more about her. When asked how she liked the weather in Atlanta, she told everyone she was “happy with the humidity” because she was born in the south and was used to it!

When the patients asked her about her acting and singing she explained that she considers herself a “singer that acts” rather than an “actor that sings.” We found out that her older brother Frankie is an actor and she caught the “musical theatre” bug very early! She loves the adrenaline she gets from live performances and concerts on stage.

In her downtime, Ariana likes to workout, hang out with her dog, get mani-pedis and watch scary movies (the scarier the better!)

Ariana wrapped up her visit by taking pictures and hanging out with the patients.

Many thanks to Ariana for making it such a special afternoon at CHOA!

Cody Simpson Makes His Second Visit To Seacrest Studios In Atlanta!

Cody Simpson stopped by Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA,) and the hospital and patients were very excited to welcome him back. This visit was Cody’s second visit to Seacrest Studios at CHOA, but he has also visited the studios at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

While in studio, Cody sang an acoustic version of “Pretty Brown Eyes” and was interviewed by patients. From his visit we learned more about his love of surfing (it is one of his favorite things!) and that his favorite color is blue.

Cody also talked to the patients about touring, saying that he loves to visit new places. This makes sense, because we learned he is a self-proclaimed “spontaneous person” and really enjoys trying new things! He also told us that while on tour he is really messy, but when he gets back home he keeps everything very neat.

A patient in studio asked him what super power he would want if he could have one, and he said that he would either want to be invisible or fly (he couldn’t choose just one!)

It was so much fun having Cody back in the studio with us, and we would like to thank him for being such a wonderful supporter of our foundation and Seacrest Studios! We hope to see him again really soon!

Seacrest Studios Welcomes Global RallyCross Drivers Tanner Foust and Steve Arpin!

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta was excited to welcome Global RallyCross drivers, Tanner Foust and Steve Arpin, and Miss Alabama, Katherine Webb, to Seacrest Studios!