The coronation song sang by American Idol's season 15 runner-up La'Porsha Renae "Battles," has been chosen as the theme song to represent our five strong and talented USA Olympic Women's Gymnastics team for the 2016 Olympics.
The breakout song written by Who Is Fancy, real name, Jake Hagood, and sang by Renae during the American Idol finale, caught the attention of just the right person, NBC producer Megan Michaels, whose father watched the finale performance and had a bigger vision for the placement of the song.
According to Billboard, Michaels father David, who works as a producer for the women's gymnastics division, watched the finale and knew the track and Renae were a perfect fit to serve as the motivational theme song for Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, and Aly Raisman - the USA 2016 Olympic Women's Gymastics Team.
"He was watching the finale and saw me perform 'Battles' and thought that it may be a good song for the Olympics," explained Renae during an interview with Billboard. "He just wanted it more Olympic sounding."
At his request the 23-year-old recorded a studio version of the single that will also be featured on her forthcoming album Good Woman on Motown Records. On Twitter she described her style of singing as #TheNewDefinitionOfSoul.
— La'Porsha~Renae (@laporsharenae) July 25, 2016
"We all got battles, we all got scars," belts Renae in the chorus of "Battles". "There will always be hurt, always be pain -but that's what makes us who we are. We all got journeys, written in the stars. Just know that you're loved and that you're enough and your dreams won't be that far." Dreams like those of Raisman, Douglas, Biles, Hernandez and Kocian; who are living their dreams as professional gymnasts and a part of the five selected to represent the USA beginning this Sunday for the qualifying rounds in Brazil.