Photo Credit: Angelynn Tinsley, Edwards Photography

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Mercury Nashville / 19 / Interscope recording artist Lauren Alaina made a surprise visit to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt through one of Musicians On Call’s (MOC) weekly Bedside Performance Programs. 

To the delight of patients and staff, Alaina spent time with each of the families learning about their own holiday traditions and encouraging them to join her in singing some holiday carols.  The Georgia peach brightened spirits with classics including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Clause is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Silent Night.”

“Everyone deserves a smile for the holidays, and smiling isn’t exactly the first word that comes to mind when you think of a hospital, but I went there with that goal to make that happen for everyone I met,” shares Alaina.  “It wasn’t as easy in some rooms as it was in others, but at the end of the day, I made it happen somehow.  I can’t imagine spending my holidays in the hospital.  I honestly don’t know if I’d feel like smiling either, but I know it would mean a lot to me to have someone visit.  I hope I made a difference.”

Alaina recently released a special recording of “Grown Up Christmas List” with proceeds benefiting The Special Olympics as part of its A Very Special Christmas series.  She also performed the song on NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” annual tree lighting special.

MOC Nashville celebrated its sixth anniversary last month with a sold-out concert featuring superstar Kelly Clarkson, who herself made a surprise visit to the Children’s Hospital last winter.  Through the kindness and support of artists like Alaina and Clarkson, MOC Nashville has grown to support 13 weekly programs within eight area healthcare facilities.  The weekly Bedside Performance Programs operate thanks to the generosity of donors such as the Bonnaroo Works Fund, the CMA Foundation, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and thanks to generous individual donations and “Rock A Patient’s World” sponsors.