Jordan Davis, Kylie Morgan Join Ryan Seacrest Foundation Virtual Concert Series

Photo caption: Music artist Jordan Davis performs for the first round of The Nashville Sessions.

The Ryan Seacrest Foundation and the Seacrest Studio at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are bringing a special virtual concert series to patients and families across the country, dubbed The Nashville Sessions.

The new series will showcase artists performing a mix of hits and covers all produced exclusively for the Seacrest Studios located in children’s hospitals nationwide. Four artists participated in the first round of The Nashville Sessions: Jordan Davis (RSF Celebrity Ambassador), Kylie Morgan, Stephanie Quayle and Ben Fuller. Their performances will be packaged together and distributed to all 11 studios (an 11th studio is scheduled to open in Orlando soon) later this month for patients to watch.

“I really love working with Seacrest Studios, so when they approached me about this virtual concert opportunity it was a no brainer,” said Davis. “I know this time has been really difficult for a lot of families so hopefully some live music can give them a brief escape from everything going on.”

During the summer Mamie Shepherdand Cayce Long, who run the Seacrest Studio at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, had a vision of bringing special performances to patients. Currently, none of the 10 hospitals that house Seacrest Studios can have outside visitors, which has meant fewer opportunities for the musical performances that so many patients enjoy.

“The entertainment and music industries’ unwavering support for our patients and families has been as strong as ever during these unprecedented times of learning to live amid a pandemic. Through the creativity, innovation and commitment of ​our Seacrest Studios ​team, with support from the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, our patients and families have continued to enjoy the healing power of music through virtual experiences brought directly to their hospital rooms. We are thankful for the artists who gave their time to these uplifting performances to bring smiles and a fun distraction to our children and families. ​We are especially excited to share with other Seacrest Studios through the unique connectivity of this program to support hospitalized children,” said Meg Rush, MD, MMHC, President of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

 “COVID-19 has shifted the way we bring special experiences to patients and families,” said Meredith Seacrest, Executive Director and COO of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. “Even though in-person experiences are limited, we are fortunate that our studios can continue to broadcast programming via a closed-circuit network. This broadcast capability enables us to provide fun and engaging content, from the safety of a patient’s room.”

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