Team USA's 2018 Olympic theme song has a Southern Oregon voice.
Kellin Quinn, formerly of Medford, fronts the band Sleeping with Sirens, whose new song "Legends" will be Team USA's theme song for the upcoming winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang, Korea.
On Friday, TeamUSA.org prominently featured the polished music video for "Legends" spliced with winter highlights.
"We can be legends after all (whoah, whoah)," Quinn sings in his leggero tenor voice, as highlights from the 2014 Winter Games play in the background.
Quinn's father, Eddie Bostwick of Medford, said he'd known for a couple months that his son's band had landed the Olympic honor, but he had to contain himself.
“We kept it on the down-low for a long time,” Bostwick said. "It's a really cool surprise."
The pop-punk and alternative band now based in Michigan has a full-length album titled "Gossip" set to be released Sept. 22 through Warner Bros. Records. Bostwick said the band has completed recording in New Jersey. The band has posted photographs that they're working with producer John Feldman, known for his work with high-energy alternative bands such as Blink-182, Panic! at the Disco and Good Charlotte.
"They've worked really hard on this album with Warner Bros.," Bostwick said.
Members of the Maryland band Good Charlotte, twin brothers Benji and Joel Madden, now manage Quinn's band, according to Bostwick. They were the ones who broke the news that the band's song was chosen as Team USA's theme song.
Bostwick said his son has always been musically inclined. Quinn performed in talent shows during his freshman and sophomore years at Phoenix High School.
"He won the talent show two years in a row," Bostwick said.
For his junior year in high school, Quinn moved with his mother to the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area, where he ultimately met his bandmates, according to Bostwick. For a time, the band was based in Orlando while he lived in Southern Oregon. The family of Quinn's wife, Katelynne, also lives in Medford.
Though "Gossip" is the band's first album on a major label, Sleeping with Sirens released four albums between 2010 and 2013 through indie label Rise records and a 2015 album titled "Madness" through punk-focused California label Epitaph Records.
Moving to a major label was a big decision, but Bostwick believes his son made the right call, and that the band has already impressed their label.
"Without a major label they already had a huge following," Bostwick said. "Warner Bros. was super impressed with just their fan following."
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