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Teesside born Mark William Evans who you will recognise as the guitarist from Young Rebel Set or one half of the duo The Evans Brothers goes out on his own to release his debut solo single We Are One. Written as a tribute to Mark’s late, great friend and YRS bandmate, Matthew Chipchase this beautifully put together, sixties inspired, anthemic offering, complete with carefully crafted instrumental arrangements and soaring harmonies, perfectly encapsulates the power of togetherness.

Here Mark tells us more about the origins and inspiration behind the track…

We Are One for the most part was formed during a writing session in France back in April 2010. Andrew Parmley and I had decided to go away for a week to get some ideas together for the next Young Rebel Set album. As I remember it… I had another song that had the melody and arrangement and Andy said “I have some words that will fit that”… It has been around in various forms since then largely unfinished but never really seen the light of day or had much enthusiasm from “The Band”. Young Rebel Set broke up in 2015 and many of the songs got locked away in the vault. 

In June last year; Young Rebel Set decided to reform to tour and even discussed the possibility of new music. Then in December tragedy struck when we lost our friend, brother and singer, Matthew Chipchase.  With that, we cancelled all plans and as far as I can see that is the end of Young Rebel Set.

When Matty died I started looking through old photos and videos which I believe is part of the grieving process. I found a video that he had sent me in October 2019 in the middle of the night!In the video Matty reminded me that we had written a particular song and that the song has been stuck in his head for some time. He told me that the song was an “anthem for the people” and that it was a call to action for togetherness in a divided world and went on to close the video by telling me that I needed to finish the song and “put it out”. The song was “We Are One”

After the tragic events of last December I have made it my sole purpose to finish the song and to put it out as Matty requested. Right now; we are living in strange times and we are living in divisive times. All I hear, read or see on the news or on social media are things that seem geared towards driving us all apart.Whether you want Brexit or not; whether you support Trump or you don’t; whether you’re Labour or Tory or whether you think you should be wearing a mask or not, everything seems to aimed at cutting us into two. For those reasons I feel now is the right time for “We Are One”.

The track features guest appearances from ALL ex-Young Rebel Set members as well as some other very special guests.

We Are One is a song of hope, a song of love and a call for unity. It will be released on Friday 9th October on all streaming sites and will be available for download here:

Also, you can pre-save the song on Spotify here.

Finally, I have filmed a beautiful video to accompany the song which will be premiered on 23rd october at 9:15pm on my Youtube channel here.

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