Walker Hayes Dances His Way Into Our Hearts at Seacrest Studios, Nashville!

The next stop on Walker Hayes tour has landed him right here in #SeacrestStudios! We’re coming to you live with songwriting tips, a LIVE performance, dance moves and more!

Posted by Ryan Seacrest Foundation on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Written Recap by Program Manager, Mamie Shepherd

We found Dancing With The Stars’ next big contestant right here in Seacrest Studios – country star, Walker Hayes!  The musician showed off his impressive dance moves, even his own version of the “Shiggy” during a recent visit to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN.

Walker answered patient questions, including a question about how his song, “Craig” came about.  He told the audience in the studio that “Craig” was written about a man who was very kind to Walker and his family.  He encouraged all patients watching to be Craigs.

After vowing to write a song about Ryan Seacrest, Walker sang his hit song, “You Broke Up With Me.”    He even wowed the crowd with a snippet of Frozen’s “Let It Go”….in Spanish!

To top off the appearance, Walker acknowledged his good friend, Bobby Bones, who is currently a contestant on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. We just couldn’t “Let It Go” without seeing some of the hitmaker’s own dance moves! The studio erupted in laughter and clapping when Walker backed away from the microphone and gave us his own rendition of the Floss, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the Texas Two-Step, and even a Dab! The score – 10s all around the room!

Patients left encouraged after Walker spoke of the importance of knowing it is okay to feel sad on days that are hard, but to remember that tomorrow is always a new day.

We can’t wait for Walker to visit us again!  We promise to have more dance moves ready!


Noah Cyrus Makes a Tour Stop in Her Hometown!

Live with Noah Cyrus in Seacrest Studios

Posted by Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt on Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Written Recap by Program Manager, Mamie Shepherd

Pop star, Noah Cyrus, visited Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt during a tour stop in her hometown of Nashville, TN!

Currently on the Good Cry tour, Noah brought opening act, Maty Noyes (they met on Instagram!) with her to Seacrest Studios. The girls told patients about being on the road together and how they have become fast friends!  They talked about everything from fashion trends to social media to their favorite food – which we learned is chicken nuggets!

Noah and Maty helped lead a sing-along of the ABC’s – see the video above – in the studio before taking pictures and signing autographs with patients and their families.

We loved having these two friends visit us in Seacrest Studios, and we look forward to the next time they come to Music City!


Brandon Lay Takes a Trip Around the Sun to Seacrest Studios!

Recap by Program Manager, Mamie Shepherd

Before taking the stage with Kenny Chesney at Nashville’s massive Nissan Stadium for the Trip Around the Sun Tour, country star, Brandon Lay, made a special visit to Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt!

Brandon told the audience gathered in the studio all about life on the road (he loves being on tour) and life on a tour bus!  His bus carries 9-12 people at any given time and the group loves to watch Friends and The Office together while traveling. Sometimes, the musicians just like to pull out their guitars and jam in between cities.  When talking about preparing to go on tour, Brandon walked us through his packing list for the road.  He said, “I always make sure I have some swimming trunks.”  One of his last days off from the tour led to floating down the river with his band!

When he gets back to Nashville, the first thing Brandon likes to do is jump on his motorcycle.  He also likes to spend time with his Pomeranian, Rusty T (find his pup on Instagram @rustytfromtn)!

Brandon talked about how he has stayed positive while navigating his way through the music industry – a lesson our patients applied to learning how to stay positive while in the hospital.   “It’s hard if you stand and try to watch a tree grow.  Just keep trying.  You might look back and 6 weeks has gone by and the difference is just astronomical.  That has always inspired me.  You’re not going to see an instant change, but if you just keep showing up and just keep trying – and even if you fail, just keep getting out of bed and trying – you’ll look back maybe it’s 2 weeks or 2 months, but you’re going to notice a change and people will see it around you.  When you look back and see the difference, that’s what will motivate you to keep on and even kick it up a notch.  That has been my philosophy.  Keep grinding and just show up.”

To the delight of the audience in Seacrest Studios, Brandon sang his hit song, “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers.”

Check out the funny video below of Brandon and his guitar player, JP, playing a paper plate drawing game!

Huge thanks to Brandon Lay for making a tour stop at Seacrest Studios Nashville!  We hope to see you again soon!