Former American Idol judge, Simon Cowell has put together a charity cover single “Bridge Over Troubled Water” with more than 50 artist belting out to the Simon and Garfunkel classic. The single was released exactly a week after the Grenfell Tower fire. It was played across BBC radio stations as well as featured on ITV before Coronation Street. “Bridge Over Trouble Water” by Artist for Grenfell has hit the number one spot on iTunes two hours after it was released.
The proceeds from this charity cover single will be donated to Artist for Grenfell and will be distributed via The London Community Foundation to the victims and families in need.
Simon Cowell had informed his fans about the release via Twitter yesterday.
Tomorrow at 8am across major UK radio stations, you will be able to hear Bridge Over Troubled Water. pic.twitter.com/Bgg8u6oU4N
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) June 20, 2017
In the music video the residents and survivors of the fire-blazed tower block appears as part of the choir.
The song opens with a verse by Stormzy, with these lines ” I refuse to be silent/ I refuse to neglect you”. The London-born MC goes onto say ” That could have been my mum’s house/or that could have been my nephew”and closes with ” I just hope that you’re resting and free up there”.
Each line of the song is sung the following artist.
When you’re weary- Robbie Williams
Feeling small- James Blunt
When tears are in- Rita Ora
Your eyes- Craig David
I will dry them all- Dan (Bastille)
I’m on your side – Liam Payne
When times get rough- Emeli Sande
And friends just can’t be found- Kelly Jones (Stereophonics)
Like a bridge over troubled water- Paloma Faith
I will lay me down- Louis Tomlinson
Like a bridge over troubled water- Labrinth
I will lay me down- Jorja Smith
Rap by WSTRN
When you’re down and out- Leona Lewis
When you’re on the street- Jessie J
When evening falls so hard- James Arthur
I will comfort you- Roger Daltrey (The Who)
I’ll take you’re part- Ella Eyre
When darkness comes- Anne-Marie & Ella Henderson
And pain is all around- Louisa Johnson
Like a bridge over troubled water- Robbie Williams,all voices
I will lay me down- James Arthur
Like a bridge over troubled water- Choirs
I will lay me down- Rita Ora
These are some of the photos taken during the recording.