Simon Cowell's Grenfell Tower charity single praised as 'haunting and beautiful'
Simon Cowell’s star-studded Grenfell Tower charity single, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, has been released today to raise money for the victims of the blaze that ripped through the London estate last week (June 15), killing 79.
The X Factor boss lives in west London and was left “heartbroken” after watching news coverage of the devastating blaze in the 24-storey block of flats in the early hours of Wednesday.
The song, which is led by choirmaster Gareth Malone, features Stormzy, Robbie Williams, Bastille, James Blunt , Celine Dion and Craig David as well as Sir Paul McCartney, Brian May, Roger Daltry, Rita Ora, Pixie Lott, Ella Eyre and Paloma Faith.
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It was hoped that One Direction would join forces for the Grenfell Tower charity single, but it seems not all of them were available, as only Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson made the record – originally recorded by Simon and Garfunkel.
Piers Morgan praised the track on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today, calling it a “haunting and beautiful song”.
Stomzy raps on the intro to the single, reciting the lyric: “I don’t know where to begin/So I’ll start by saying I refuse to forget you/I refuse to be silenced/I refuse to neglect you”
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Simon appeared on Good Morning Britain last week to confirm his plan to make the track, telling Piers and his co-host Susanna Reid: “For all of us living in the vicinity, we have the ability to do something.
“I just thought what do you do? First of all you can raise some money and that’s important.
“Secondly, what I hope will happen is that it will send a message to those involved that there’s an awful lot of people who care very much about what you’re going through.”
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He added: “For me in my position not to do something would be appalling.
“It sent chills through me. I do genuinely believe this will make a difference.”
The music mogul previously produced a charity single for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.
The video for the single will premiere on ITV before tonight’s Coronation Street at 7.30pm.
The Grenfell Tower blaze killed at least 79 people last week and injured dozens of others. Pop stars Lily Allen, Adele, and Paloma Faith have been to visit the site and used their social media pages to direct their followers in ways to help the victims, while Adele, 29, was spotted at a vigil for those who tragically lost their lives in the blaze.
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