Emotions will be running high across the nation tonight as the video for the Grenfell Tower charity single was released.
Simon Cowell ‘s star-studded line-up of more than 50 artists got together over the weekend to record a moving cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water.
The poignant track is performed by the collective Artists For Grenfell celebrity group, and was given its first play across UK radio stations at 8am Wednesday morning.
More than 50 artists including One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Robbie Williams, The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, Stormzy , Rita Ora, Jessie J and Pixie Lott gave their time to record vocals for the fundraising track.
Touchingly, Gareth Malone also brings together a choir of locals.
The video premiered tonight on ITV, just before Coronation Street.
It features harrowing footage of the burned building as Stormzy kicks off the track with a powerful rap.
The video is a mash-up of artists in the studio and images from the scene of the people affected by the fire and those fighting to save lives.
“Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in West London, the record industry came together to record a single for the victims of the disaster,” said Simon, who pulled the charity single together in just three days.
“Over 50 artists gave their time and support to make this happen.”
Other big names involved include Leona Lewis, Craig David, Nile Rogers, Brian May, James Blunt, Emeli Sandle, Paloma Faith and John Newman.
The track was recorded at Sarn Studios in west London, just half a mile from Grenfell Tower.
As well as raising money from sales of the single, X Factor boss Simon also set up a donation page, ArtistsForGrenfell.com , where people can contribute to the charity fund raising money for those affected by the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower last week, in which 79 people are dead or missing presumed dead.
“This website has been built to create a donation page which, together with the money raised by the record, will hopefully encourage people to donate whatever they can to help those who have been affected by this terrible event.
“All donations made here will be used by The London Community Foundation to help those in need.”
Simon had asked all musicians who wanted to be involved to contact him, saying those who couldn’t make it to the London recording studio could provide vocals over the phone.
Explaining to The Mirror why he’d felt compelled to organise the single , Simon, 57, said: “I felt how everyone felt when they saw the news. I was angry, upset, thinking what the hell do you do?”
“It’s not far from where I live, so when I drove up there, and you saw this tower, it wasn’t great. And that’s when you decide that maybe we could do something to help.
“You kind of think, what can I do? Do you donate some money and I was thinking, well maybe we could do a little more than that and that’s how the record came about.”
Discussing the choice of using Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon explained that the track had appropriate lyrics for what the group wanted to do and he had just 12 hours to decide on a song.
“It is a great song to send out a message of support and once we decided on that, we had to get the artists,” he added.
The single is available to buy via iTunes here .
The full singer line-up:
Brian May (Queen)
Carl Barat (The Libertines)
Gareth Malone & The Choir for Grenfell
Jon McClure (Reverend and the Makers)
Kelly Jones (Stereophonics)
London Community Gospel Choir
The Who (Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend)
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