Recap Written by Mary-Kate Morrow
Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5 band members, Adam Levine and James Valentine, had the crowd smiling when they visited Seacrest Studios at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) on Wednesday August 7th.
The musicians answered questions from the crowd, sang happy birthday to a lucky audience member and took photos with excited patients.
We learned a lot of interesting things about the artists during their visit:
Kelly Clarkson, a talented singer and songwriter, loves yoga, almond milk and making up lyrics that rhyme. The down to earth Texas native says her favorite thing about being famous is being able to get a reservation at a restaurant.
Patients were eager to know more about Kelly’s music and inquired about her favorite song. Without hesitation, Kelly said she was most proud of her ballad “Because of You” which she fought to get on to her second album Breakaway.
Kelly and Maroon 5's Adam Levine met over a decade ago and are currently on tour together.
So, what career would Adam choose if he weren’t the singer of Maroon 5? Basketball player. Which comes as no surprise since the artist sported a sports cap for his visit and came out in support of Los Angeles teams.
When asked how Adam got started on vocals the response was unexpected. Adam admitted that the only reason he was the band’s singer was because he had the best voice of all the band members. When he was questioned about the perks of being famous he explained it is just an extra bonus when you are doing something you love, “we just wanted to be recognized for what we do; for our pursuit to sing and perform”.
Band members Adam and James showed the crowd the ‘Hoorah’ chant they do before starting each and every performance and told stories from their ongoing tour.
James kept the audience entertained with a story about how he recently fell off the stage during a concert and landed on his feet and reminded the audience to “never stop playing!”
So, what would be the perfect day for these artists? “Smiling as much as possible” Adam and Kelly agreed saying “laughing so hard you get a work out”.
Thank you to Kelly, Adam, and James for making it a perfect day for so many patients at CHOP. Best of luck to Kelly and Maroon 5 on their tour together!