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Kelly penned the track after viewing Eddie Betts' appearance on AFL 360.

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Australian legend Paul Kelly has shared his moving new song, Every Step Of The Way, serving as a tribute to AFL footballer Eddie Betts who last year shared with the world the racism he’s experienced throughout his career.

“Eddie Betts has brought joy to me and so many others with the amazing feats he’s performed on the field for 17 years. But he’s shown even more class and courage off the field in talking about the deep hurt of everyday racism. Eddie keeps educating.” Kelly shares.

The acoustic-led track brings Kelly's signature storytelling lyricism, as he shines a light on the continued attacks of racism still present within Australia. Kelly penned the track after viewing Betts' appearance on AFL 360, where he delivered a powerful and emotional message, following sharing examples of the racist abuse prevalent online.

Speaking of the track, Eddie Betts says, “I was so honoured when Paul reached out to me with a song that he had written from his heart. He has always empowered us mob with his music and his authentic and heartfelt collaborations have always been enjoyed by myself and all my family for many years. I feel proud to have this song written for me by someone so respected here in Australia and someone who has always stood in solidarity with us mob - this song means a lot to me”.

Every Step Of The Way is out now! Listen to the track below.


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