MCA Nashville’s Jordan Davis is among the artists who will take part in The Nashville Sessions, a virtual concert series produced by the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and the Seacrest Studio at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
The series will be distributed to all 11 of the Foundation’s Seacrest Studios, which are situated in children’s hospitals across the US. Davis, already closely associated with the organization as RSF Celebrity Ambassador, will be joined on the first edition by Kylie Morgan, Stephanie Quayle. and Ben Fuller. They will perform a mix of hits and cover versions. The 11th studio is due to open in Orlando soon.
“I really love working with Seacrest Studios, so when they approached me about this virtual concert opportunity it was a no brainer,” says Davis, who is currently climbing the country charts with “Almost Maybes,” from his self-titled EP, released in May. “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.”
Mamie Shepherd and Cayce Long, who run the Seacrest Studio at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, devised the idea of bringing special performances to patients. They are all the more valuable since none of the parent hospitals can currently welcome outside visitors, so that the in-person musical performances enjoyed by patients have been impossible to stage.
“The healing power of music”
“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,” said Meg Rush, president of the Vanderbilt facility. “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.”
Adds Meredith Seacrest, executive director and COO of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation: “COVID-19 has shifted the way we bring special experiences to patients and families. 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.”