This partnership was a clear choice for them given their involvement with CHLA for several years. “I have loved being a patient of Dr. Borchert and I’m grateful for his work within The Vision Center,” says Abby Keen of The Runaway Hamsters. This effervescent group and their fans have donated instruments and funds to help the children and doctors at CHLA, where The Runaway Hamsters are official Jr. Ambassadors. The band has performed numerous times in the hospital and been the featured artist at Dreamnight for CHLA which was held at the LA Zoo. Older sibling Isabella Keen commented, “We have all been inspired by this hospital and we’re so excited to have them involved. We can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks.”
This video was shot in California and directed by award-winning videographer Roman White (Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, etc). White directed their prior release A Little Country, which made its world premiere on Country Rebel and its broadcast debut on Great American Country (GAC). Since then, it has been picked up on networks including Blue Highways, Country Fix, The Country Network, The Heartland affiliates, among others. “Filming Put Your Smile On was so much fun with the green screen and shooting in LA,” said Isabella Keen. “It was a different experience for sure, but we absolutely loved it.”
This catchy, fun tune was co-written by them and their producer, Grammy-nominated Kent Wells (Dolly Parton). This song is off their latest EP A Little Country, which is available on their website and on all digital platforms.
Even with the official release of this music video and a brand-new single called GO! that was just released, there is no stopping this TRHibe. They recently wrapped up a successful CMA Music Festival with performances on various stages in downtown Nashville and several media interviews throughout the 4-day festival, which also included a return visit to the home of the Grand Ole Opry radio station WSM-AM. They are set to performthis Saturday at the 9th Annual Boise Music Festival and are already planning a new music video for GO! along with the release of their upcoming EP set for later this year.
About The Runaway Hamsters: Best known for their musical youth and huge hearts, The Runaway Hamsters create music that is original, engaging and heartfelt. This Boise, Idaho group started in early grade school and gained notoriety when they used both their musical and songwriting talents to raise money, which helped the hospital caring for a second-grade friend with cancer. Since then, they have continued to use their talent, their big hearts and their music to help others. This year they helped raise over $150,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon at Boise State University.
With over a million views on YouTube, this refreshing country group has had Grammy consideration in the children’s category, performed from Nashville to LA, and opened for Andy Grammer at Baldapalooza. They have appeared on major network television including Fox News Shepard Smith Reporting, KTVB-TV, KIVI-TV and KBOI-TV Boise and Nashville’s WZTV-TV as a featured artist. Theyhave sang at Nashville venues such as the famous Bluebird Café, The Listening Room, and The Stillery where they shared the stage with other prominent country artists. While in Nashville the group is a regular guest at Seacrest Studios. They also performed atthe Boise Music Festival with other artists including The Band Perry and Flo Rida, and were also invited and participated in the NFR National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Christmas event in Las Vegas for two years in a row. The hamster wheel is continuously spinning with several episodes of Hamstercast, a free podcast to inspire, relate and positively influence fans of their age with their own personal stores and views. It is available for download on iTunes and is hosted and produced by radio veterans Camo (host) and Dallas (producer) of syndicated radioshow Nashville Access.
About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is “a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution that provides pediatric health care and helps our patients more than 528,000 times each year in a setting designed just for their needs. Our history began in 1901 in a small house on the corner of Alpine and Castelar Streets (now Hill St. in Chinatown) and today our medical experts offer more than 350 pediatric specialty programs and services to meet the needs of our patients. CHLA is a provider of more than $232.6 million in community benefits annually to children and families. As the first and largest pediatric hospital in Southern California, CHLA relies on the generosity of philanthropists in the community to support compassionate patient care, leading-edge education of the caregivers of tomorrow and innovative research efforts that impact children at our hospital and around the world.” www.chla.org