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Isabela Moner Surprises Families at Seacrest Studios in Atlanta!

The multi-talented Isabela Moner (actress, singer, songwriter, dancer, & Ukulele player), surprised patients and families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta when she popped into Seacrest Studios on her way to the nearby neighborhood set where she is currently filming the dramedy, Instant Family.

She may be best known for her lead role on the Nickelodeon television series, 100 Things To Do Before High School or as Izabella inin the 2017 film, Transformers: The Last Knight, but soon she’ll be known for her role in Instant Family – a relevant film that shows the importance of adopting foster children. Patients wanted to know what type of film she’d like to do next and were surprised when she said “an alien blaster/Atomic Blonde type movie where I can train and get really jacked for a role!” Her dream co-star? Natalie Portman. Favorite cheat treat? Girl Scout cookies! Once the filming for Instant Family wraps, the 16 year old hopes to get her driver’s license.

Before heading to the set, Isabela inspired us with her words to live by – “Today is the most important day of your life. You’ve got to look at every day like the most important otherwise you’re just existing, you’re not living.” Thank you Isabela! Your visit was definitely the highlight of our day!

Actress & Singer, Seanna Pereira Makes a Special Visit to Seacrest Studios in Atlanta

Patients and families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta enjoyed a special treat this week when actress & singer, Seanna Pereira stopped by Seacrest Studios to chat about and preview her upcoming movie, An Enchanted Ruby. Seanna stars as Ruby Strangelove in a story that features love, family, magic and music. Speaking of music, the 13 year old recorded ten songs for the film and happily accommodated a patient’s request to sing something live.

We were so entertained by her stories and adventures, like when she had to film in Bulgaria for six months and got so sick production was almost haltedI But the teenager has such a strong work ethic she powered through! (See if you can detect her terrible cold in a few scenes!) What a trooper! Seanna also told us how she was able to learn and perfect a very difficult Arabic accent in just ONE day while filming the hit 24: The Legacy. She is amazing, inspiring and was very encouraging to young fans who expressed a desire to act one day. She has a lot on the horizon but promised to return and share more movies and adventures with us. In the meantime, check out An Enchanted Ruby …a very sweet film with an anti­ bullying message and lots of singing by Seanna !

 

Levine Children’s Hospital Welcomes Kane Brown to Seacrest Studios

Recap by Studio Coordinator, Meredith Dean

Video by Intern, Ryan Sandlin

We loved welcoming country artist Kane Brown to the Queen City! One of the most touching moments from this country star’s visit was when 5-year-old, McKenna, a patient’s sister, brought a homemade poster for Kane that he read aloud: PRAY FOR MY BROTHER KADE. PLEASE KANE, LOVE MCKENNA. Kade had been waiting on a heart transplant for several months in the hospital. She even had the opportunity to compete against Kane one-on-one where she had to get 4 ping pong balls in Kane’s Panthers cup. As a Panthers fan, he was right at home with our patients in Charlotte, NC at Levine Children’s Hospital. This Southern 24-year-old also is a HUGE University of Georgia fan and loved cheering on the Dawgs in a video with our Studio Coordinator & UGA alumna, Meredith.

Another LCH patient, Derek, even came with his own list of questions to ask Kane. He had been thrilled with the news of him coming and was prepared to interview his favorite singer! He also made sure he knew Kane’s birthday (October 21, 1993). As we passed around the Seacrest Studios Fishbowl of questions to our patients of all ages, we found out that Kane:

Used to be able to play Guitar Hero with his feet
His favorite food is chicken
Went to Young Life for summer camp in high school
His favorite song is “Location” by Khalid
Mickey Mouse is his favorite Disney character
His favorite Panthers player is his close friend, Ed Dickson

In the past, Kane has opened up about his tough childhood, so we asked him how he got through those difficult times — as a lot of our patients and families brave through several trials & tribulations in their journeys. He explained to our patients, “Y’all are going through more difficult things than anyone else has to go through. It’ll mature you faster than other kids”. Additionally, since it was International Women’s Day, he talked about the most influential females in his life: His fiancée, his mother, and his Nana. They are all very supportive of him and his mother and nana taught him to never give up.

After the interview, Kane was excited to play March Madness especially since he said his favorite X Box games are sports-related (2K & Madden). He flew through the game with all the right answers — guessing which zoomed in logo represented which college team. The only team logo he missed was for our local college team, the UNCC 49ers, but one of our nurses helped him out! We then played “Guess That Country Song” where Kane successfully guessed the artists and song titles of well-known country hits!

One of our favorite moments from the visit was when Kane performed his hit song “What Ifs”. To accompany him in his performance, he brought his piano player, Ken, and lead guitarist, Alex! He asked the crowd to sing along with him (especially the parts featuring Lauren Alaina) to which everyone happily obliged! Kane met countless patients and their families, taking photos and signing autographs. He truly made their day at Seacrest Studios!

 

All Time Low Visits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Seacrest Studio Intern, Yusuf Rowser

Hit punk-rock band All Time Low kicked things off by visiting Seacrest Studios here at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. All four members; Rian, Alex, Jack and Zack sat down to talk to the viewers and in-studio guests.

Lead vocalist Alex Gaskarth began things by speaking on how the band has been able to stay such good friends despite the increased fame and recognition. “We’re all just very lucky that we all became very good friends at an early age… It feels more like brothers than friends at this point.”

Studio staff member, Whitney Osborne, asked the band how their individual tastes in music have evolved since the band’s conception in 2003. “When we first started, I was sort of ashamed to listen to anything other than ‘punk music’ or ‘rock music,” drummer Rian Dawson stated. “But as you learn more about songwriting… A good song at its core can take so many avenues. We’ve all become a lot more broad in what we listen to, I feel.”

Whitney then shook the table by asking a staple question here at the Cincinnati Seacrest Studio – “What is each band members favorite Disney/Pixar film?” Alex and Jack both chose Toy Story. “[Toy Story] was one of the first Pixar movies, and we were probably around 7 or 8 years old” stated Jack.

To finish off their time in the studio, the band played “All Time Low or High”. A game where everyone guesses if the price of a product is higher or lower than the listed price. The band was shocked at the cost of a moon-bounce being close to $1000! All Time Low’s visit ended with the group having a meet and greet with the patients and signing autographs.

It was a great Friday afternoon that brought a vibrant energy to both the patients and the studio as a collective. Thank you All Time Low for taking time to come in and bring joy to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital!

Seacrest Studios Presents 5 Seconds of Summer at The Zone at Scottish Rite

By Gabbi Markle and Brittany Wade
Due to a massive water main breakage affecting a large portion of Atlanta, Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta had to make an eleventh hour diversion to the Scottish Rite campus to host the band 5 Seconds of Summer.
Instead of the traditional studio visit, the event turned into an intimate campfire-style Q&A with the patients. The Zone was filled with some of the band’s biggest fans who were so excited to ask the band some of their most burning questions. Drummer Ashton Irwin asked if there were any writers in the room and encouraged patients to always express themselves through the creative arts. He wanted them to know that anything can happen–just look at his band’s success!
After the patient-led interview, the band took photos with patients and parents alike, even pausing to sign shirts, socks, and anything else the kids wanted.
The patients at Scottish Rite loved getting to meet 5SOS, and we can’t wait until the next time they visit Atlanta!

Lana Del Rey Makes a Special Surprise Visit to Seacrest Studios!

By: Katie Klochany

Patients were all smiles when Grammy nominated artist and friend to Seacrest Studios, Lana Del Rey, made a surprise appearance at Monroe Carroll Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Immediately after landing in Nashville, the talented musician stopped by the studio to answer questions, sign autographs, and play games with patients in the hospital.

Before heading to Bridgestone Arena for her “Lust for Life” tour, fans were let into the singer’s inner circle learning how she tackles nerves and prepares for a big show. With a musical family and an uncle in Nashville, Lana confessed she feels more anxious when playing a smaller venue such as The Ryman, over a larger show like Bridgestone Arena. She then gave patients the inside scoop on her pre-show ritual: Lemons, hot water, and 30 minutes watching another artist give a live pop performance to spark her own energy. The visit continued with questions from patients like, “What is your favorite emoji?” In a struggle to determine just one studio-goers learned she loves both the double pink hearts and the unicorn.

After all questions had been answered, the singer was swept into a game of “Lana Del YAY or Lana Del NAY”.  Featured in the video above, Lana was prompted with questions to which she had to quickly respond with a ping pong paddle: one side featuring a happy photo, yay, and the other more intense, nay.

In a room full of fishbowl questions tightly clenched between small fingers, Lana Del Rey set out to make a rainy Tuesday just a little bit brighter. With a lingering smile she noted, excursions such as visiting Seacrest Studios make touring through countless cities all the more meaningful. Thank you for visiting with so many incredible patients throughout your tour Lana, you’ve left fish pebble in our hands, and a stamp on our hearts!

 

Anthony Gonzalez from Oscar-Winning Animated Film, “COCO” Visits Seacrest Studios!

In celebration of the DVD release of the award-winning Pixar movie, COCO”,  Anthony Gonzalez, the talented 13-year old actor who provided the voice of Miguel, stopped in to visit with patients and families in Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Anthony is every bit as vibrant as the Oscar-winning film for Best Animated Feature, it’s no surprise he won the lead role!

He has been performing since age 4 and because he was blessed with a beautiful voice, he was happy to  perform several songs from the movie including the film’s  Oscar-nominated song “Remember Me.”  Patients gushed over him, the film and all the movie swag Anthony brought with him – mini blow-up guitars, stickers and big, colorful movie posters (which look great on white patient room walls by the way!)  Congratulations to “COCO” for winning Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards!

 

Diana DeGarmo & Ace Young, Play “Finish the Lyric” at Seacrest Studios

Video by intern: Savannah Stewart, from Lipscomb University

Recap by: Sierra Sparks, from Lipscomb University

The dynamic duo of husband and wife, Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young made a visit to Monroe Carroll Jr. Children’s Hospital to help spread some cheer! The American Idol stars joined forces and played an exciting game of “Finish the Lyric!” Patients clapped along and sang while the couple tag-teamed the game! Together they were the perfect blend of fun and spunkiness—just what our friends at Children’s Hospital needed!

Diana and Ace were a delight to have in the Studios and we hope to have them back soon!

 

YouTuber, Troye Sivan visits Children’s ATL!

 

What a Valentine’s Day treat having singer, songwriter, actor and YouTuber, Troye Sivan visit Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! Exactly the dose of medicine patients needed on this “Happy Hearts Day!” We found out what he loves most about the United States (our high speed internet and next day shipping!) and what he misses most about his hometown, Perth, Australia (good coffee!).

Troye was happy to be back in the ATL where he spent six weeks last year filming the upcoming movie, Boy Erased with Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman. As for when was the last time he was star struck, he will tell you it was when he received a phone call from a “mystery person”…who turned out to be ADELE!  Troye had the same effect on one unsuspecting fan when he made an impromptu patient room visit and then tweeted a picture of himself with his new friend and Valentine! Our hearts are FULL. Thank you Troye for spending your Valentine’s Day at Seacrest Studios Atlanta…clearly proving that your heart is as big as your fan base!

 

Teen duets with Alex Aiono in Seacrest Studios

 

Moments, memories and one-of-a-kind experiences – that’s what happens inside Seacrest Studios. And the recent visit with singer-songwriter and YouTube extraordinaire Alex Aiono embodied all the reasons why Seacrest Studios exists.

Kids who are hospitalized or come to the hospital for appointments or lengthy treatments no doubt miss out on life outside hospital walls while they’re here. And it’s our mission in Seacrest Studios to try to make up for that by offering them unique experiences to take away memories and moments they wouldn’t otherwise get to experience – like celebrity visits.

We’ve known Jireh for several years during his time at Children’s Health in Dallas. It’s been amazing getting to know him over the years of his treatment. His smile always beams no matter what he’s going through. We’ve seen his love for music grow from a hobby to an inspired pursuit writing his own music and finding his own sound. Jireh, now 18, performs in Seacrest Studios often doing covers and sharing originals. The week of his 18th birthday Alex Aiono, one of his favorite musicians, was coming through town on tour. Jireh asked us if we could invite Alex to the studio, and we’re so glad he did!

Alex was so excited to come to Seacrest Studios and meet Jireh and Meredith, 9, and several other kids who stopped by for selfies and autographs. The most special part of the visit was when Alex and his fan-turned-friend Jireh performed one of Alex’s songs together. Jireh had performed a cover of “Work the Middle” in studio before, but this time he got to do it as a duet with one of his favorite singers.

The duet was awesome and it felt like they had practiced before the way they harmonized and took turns with the verses. And while the crowd enjoyed the musical performance, those who know Jireh, like his chaplain and Child Life team who came to watch, and the nurses and fellow patients who watched from the unit on the Red Balloon Network, knew just how special of an experience this was for him.

Thank you, Alex Aiono, for bringing your joy and music to Seacrest Studios, and for making such a special experience for Jireh that we all got to share!