Written recap by Mamie Shepherd Video recap by Katie Klochany, Elon University
Throw the confetti! Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN turned a year old in March! This whirlwind year started back in March 2016 with a ribbon-cutting celebration attended by our founder, Ryan Seacrest, and his surprise guest, global superstar, Taylor Swift. One year later, in March 2017, friends and special guests from the past year all gathered in studio #10 to celebrate the amazing accomplishments and fun that transpired over five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes!
Country singer/songwriter, and international star, Billy Ray Cyrus, started the birthday party off by leading a group sing-along to the tune of "Happy Birthday!" Billy Ray answered patient questions, talked about The Hannah Montana Movie, and told us this was THE BEST birthday party he had ever been to! Wouldn't have been a Billy Ray celebration without a little jam session of "Achy Breaky Heart!" In true Music City fashion, a legend joined an up-and-comer. Cyrus pleased the crowd by joining local Nashville singer/songwriter, Betsy Lane, in a studio rendition of the popular line dance tune. A tender moment for the star and a life-changing experience for the young performer - exactly what #10 has enjoyed providing over the past year!
The celebration wasn't complete without appearances by the following:
- Miss Tennessee, Grace Burgess
- Seacrest Studios' Weather Wednesday star, and NewsChannel5 Meteorologist, Henry Rothenberg
- NewsChannel5, and Talk Of The Town personality, Tuwanda Coleman
- 107.5 The River's Woody & Jim
- The Nashville Predators Energy Team
- Love Your Melon
- Professional mascots, Champ (hospital mascot), Gnash from the Nashville Predators, Booster from the Nashville Sounds, and the Coca-Cola bear
- A host of local dignitaries, stars, and VIPs
- Presentation of a Proclamation from the Governor of Tennessee
A star of the show, and one that seemed to take the most selfies, was our regular featured guest, Fern The Sloth, from The Nashville Zoo! The list of guests who have appeared over the past year is long and illustrious. Kellie Pickler, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Tristan McIntosh, American Authors, Musicians On Call, Frankie Ballard, Doug the Pug, Hailee Steinfeld, Jet Jurgensmeyer, David Archuleta, David Cook, Tori Kelly, the Nashville Predators, Michael W. Smith, The Sisterhood Band, Miss America, cartoonists/animators and Drawn To Help guests Guy Gilchrist and Tom Bancroft, Actress Catherine Bach, CMT Host Allison DeMarcus, ACM Lifting Lives Camp, the Nashville Sounds, and a host of other sports and music stars graciously visited #10 over the past 365 days adding to the success of Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Thank you to all of these friends, near and far, who made the first year of Seacrest Studios in Nashville a RECORD year! One most certainly is fun, and we can't wait to see what year two has in store! Happy Birthday, Seacrest Studios Nashville!