The Legacy Continues – Evan Ross And Austin Brown Captivate Seacrest Studios

Written by Seacrest Studios Program Manager, Mamie Shepherd

Mega-talented stars, Evan Ross and Austin Brown, rocked our world while on a concert tour stop in Nashville! Emerging from the Diana Ross and Michael Jackson musical dynasties, Evan and Austin are paving the way into 2019 with music that we can’t get enough of!  It is a blend of their own individual style and creativity coupled with a nod to their heritage.  We couldn’t help but be amazed by the stories they shared, the music they performed, and the love that they spread in Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Growing up as childhood friends, Evan and Austin told us that this tour (which they are on with Evan’s wife, Ashlee Simpson Ross) has been a full-circle moment for them.  They dreamt of performing and touring together as young boys.  With the encouragement of their families, and the influence of Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, these two have evolved into charismatic performers who draw crowds wherever they go.

Evan not only sings, but is also an award-winning actor we have come to love in films like ATL, 96 Minutes, Life Support, and Hunger Games.  Many know him as Charlie on 90210 and Angel Rivera on the Fox drama, Star. He has a fun side too – we found out that Evan has a love for hot sauce – perfect in a city known for it’s hot chicken! 

Singer-songwriter and producer, Austin Brown, is Evan’s opening act on tour.  Austin has an international following and has collaborated on a myriad of musical projects and programs. While with us, he talked about the admiration he has for his uncle, the legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson, saying Jackson was a “heart” person.  We saw that Austin has that same “heart” as he encouraged patients to remain authentic to who they are.  Breaking out his guitar, named on the spot after a patient in the hospital, Austin played and sang with Evan to the delight of our friends in Seacrest Studios!

We couldn’t let this fun pair leave without playing a musical game with our patients!  It will give you a giggle to watch their attempt at “Heads Up” featuring…a kazoo (check out the video below).

Things can happen in Seacrest Studios that don’t often happen in other places.  A moment like that took place when Evan and Austin asked a patient to sing.  Her version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” brought everyone to tears.  

Evan and Austin finished their visit to Seacrest Studios with a performance cover of “Change The World.”  Evan and Austin certainly changed our world at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt! Where there is love, there is Evan, Austin, and…Seacrest Studios! 

Riley Clemmons Debuts Self-Titled Album at Seacrest Studios!

Written Recap by Seacrest Studios Program Manager, Mamie Shepherd
Photography by Trent Nicholson
Video by Maddie Herreid

Capitol CMG artist, Riley Clemmons, made pulling an all-nighter look like fun when she stopped by Seacrest Studios in her hometown – Nashville, TN!  On the day her debut, self-titled album dropped, Riley had been up for over 24 hours straight!  Riley started her day in the wee hours by celebrating her album release in New York City! She was so excited that she just stayed awake from Times Square to Nashville where she sang her heart out to adoring fans in Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt!  You can go a long time on just a little sleep when you are that excited!  Our patients matched Riley’s enthusiasm and peppered her with tons of questions about her likes, dislikes, and how she keeps going when she gets tired.

Patients were encouraged to learn that Riley actually started writing songs when she was just 13! That gave many who had gathered in the studio, and those watching from upstairs, motivation to start writing down their thoughts and feelings to put to music!  After all, writing is something patients can do from almost anywhere!

It was really exciting to know that Riley has worked with award-winning songwriters and that she is even going on tour in the fall with American Idol star, Danny Gokey!

Clemmons’ songs, “Broken Prayer” and “I’ll Stay” are studio favorites and have been part of the line-up at Seacrest Studios and on Radio Disney.  Because of that, it didn’t take two seconds for patients to pick up on the choruses of Riley’s songs and sing along with her.

After answering questions, playing a game of This Or That, and singing some tracks from her album, Riley left us with hugs and encouraging words to keep our spirits up and our determination high!  It was an engaging, therapeutic visit with a compassionate performer we are sure to hear more big things from!

Thanks, Riley, for the laughter, love, and lyrics.  We were “Better For It” and can’t wait to hear more of your music!

Riley’s self-titled album, Riley Clemmons, is out now!