NEWCASTLE country music star Morgan Evans has penned a team song for the Knights that debuted last night on The Footy Show on Channel Nine.
"I wrote it because I'd been to a couple of games a few years ago and could see how teams lifted when their song was played, like Glory, Glory to South Sydney and When the Saints Go Marching In [for St George]," he said.
"I figured there's no time like the present to get something happening."
The song was recorded at The Grove Studios on the Central Coast, with noted Newcastle producer Matt Lovell at the controls.
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Lovell has produced for Silverchair, Cold Chisel and Midnight Oil among others.
"It was really cool to be in the studio with him. He's such a big Knights fan," Evans said.
Evans got his friend and fellow Newcastle muso Mark Wells involved, too.
"I called him up on the day, and said I needed his voice on the high notes of the chorus," he said.
Wells recorded his contribution at Tommirock studio in Newcastle.
Evans played three years of junior rugby league for the Central Charlestown Butcher Boys. He was a front rower, but retired from the game after under 14s, choosing to pursue the guitar instead.
He was named CMC Oz Artist of the Year last month and his single, One Eye for An Eye, is currently number one on the CMC charts.
Evans's Knights song, Long Live the Newcastle Knights, will be available for free download on the Knights website from today and will be performed live by Evans and his band at the team's next home game, on Friday, April 18, against the Brisbane Broncos.