Simon Cowell Brings Together Big Names For The Grenfell Tower Charity Single
Simon Cowell brings together some of the biggest names in music for the charity single to raise money for Grenfell Tower fire victims.
The stars will be brought together to record a cover of Simon & Garfunkel classic Bridge over Troubled Water to be released on Monday.
After Simon took to Twitter last night to say he would release a charity single to help the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, he has been working hard to recruit some big names.
In an exclusive for The Sun newspaper Simon confirmed One Direction star Liam Payne, Lily Allen, The Who, Emile Sande, Louisa Johnson, Craig David, James Arthur, plus London rappers Skepta and Stormzy will feature and is hopeful of adding more names ahead of the recording on Sunday, adding: “Until that last note has been finished, we will not be off the phone.”
Update: Now added Louis Tomlinson and Robbie Williams.
Update: spotted at the recording studio. Leona Lewis, James Blunt, Paloma Faith and Craig David.
Update Sunday: More stars head to the studio today: Tokio Myers, Tulisa, Emeli Sande, Shane Filan.
“A lot of London artists, people like Skepta, Stormzy, Emile Sande, The London Community Gospel Choir, all wanted to be involved.”
He said: “I got calls from David Joseph and Max Lousada at Warners.
“I sent them an email last night and they rang me back first thing this morning to say they’ll do whatever they can to help. It’s been an all round support and effort here.”
Simon told the Sun: “I drove up very near it, because you can’t get too close, but when you see it first hand it really does it hit you which is one of the reasons why I wanted to do this so quickly.“
"You sit there, you’re looking at the that, and then go back and watch the news and you think, ‘what the f**k do you do?’
“I thought this is the best thing because it’s quick and I’ve done it before. Normally when you do this things it’s start a wave.”He added: “It was shocking. A, to see how close it was and ,B, looking at the other ones still standing and you think, ‘God it could be them next.’”
Simon said: “You’ve got to be really sensitive about what we do here.
“We listened to a lot of songs and with this, you kind of want do to something where you feel the people involved in this are sending a message to them, as well as raising money, so it felt like the right thing to do.”
Simon thanked The Sun for directly prompting the waiving of the VAT costs which will ensure more money will go to the victims.
He said: “I really appreciate The Sun getting the VAT waived. It’s a big deal.”