Fans React To "Emotional" And "Incredibly Powerful" Grenfell Tower Charity Single
Over fifty artists – including Jessie J, Rita Ora and James Arthur – have come together to record a charity single for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Simon and Garfunkel’s classic Bridge Over Troubled Water was the song chosen by Simon Cowell for this track, which will have its financial earnings donated to victims of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire. When speaking about what influenced him to choose this particular song for the track, Simon simply confessed that the lyrics seemed most relatable to the situation.
Cowell made arrangements, recorded and released the song in just three days.
In an interview with The Mirror, Cowell explained that when he heard the news of the fire, his first thought was of what he could do to help those affected:
“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.”
The track brings together musical talents from across the board, ranging from Craig David and WSTRN to Bastille and Robbie Williams.
Stormzy lent an emotional rap to the opening of the song, with a touching lyricism that many have since praised online, using the hashtag #ArtistsForGrenfell:
— Charlene Harris (@charharris78) June 21, 2017
— Emma Housley (@EmmaHousley2) June 21, 2017
— h. (@_hariett) June 21, 2017
Beautiful… found it difficult to listen to Stormzy's sections without tearing up ☹️. Go buy it! #ArtistsForGrenfell
— Georgina (@gc123x) June 21, 2017
Oh Stormzy has got me in the feels in the first 20 seconds of this track 😢 #ArtistsForGrenfell
— Beth Lodge (@BethLodge1) June 21, 2017
[The lyrics of his rap are as follows:
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/ As for every last soul up in Grenfell, even though I’ve never met you, that could be my mum’s house/ That could be my nephew/ That could have been me up there, waving my white plain tee up there/ With my friends on the ground trying to see up there/ I just hope that you rest and you’re free up there.”
Survivors of the fire also make an appearance on the track as part of a choir led by Gareth Malone. When speaking to The Sun, the 41-year-old choir master explained that his experience with the survivors whilst the singing ensued, was heart-wrenching, to say the least:
“Seeing how emotional the local residents became while singing was really moving. Some of them actually lived in Grenfell Tower, their homes have been destroyed. It’s very raw for a lot of them.”
Emeli Sande, who also appears on the track, said: “I hope it shows the power of community and the strength of people. That is the beauty of London, the integration makes it so incredible.”
[Here is full list of all the artists singing on the track:
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)
5 After Midnight
You can check out the full song below:
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