London fire: Stormzy, Emeli Sandé and Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones among stars spotted at charity single recording

Stormzy, Emeli Sandé and Pixie Lott are among the stars spotted arriving at a west London music studio to record a charity single for the Grenfell Tower victims.

A fresh batch of chart-toppers were pictured outside Sarm recording studios on Sunday, less than a week after a blaze which left dozens of people missing and presumed dead.

Fire ripped through the 24-storey high rise building in the early hours of Wednesday morning, leaving residents trapped inside.

Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones and X factor winner Louisa Johnson were among those pictured arriving at the studios on Sunday to help with the charity song, organised by Simon Cowell.

Stars arrive at recording studio to make Grenfell Tower charity song

Also seen arriving on the hottest day of the year so far, was TV choirmaster Gareth Malone, Tulisa, John Newman, Ella Eyre and film producer Noel Clarke.

X Factor judge and entertainment producer Mr Cowell said he hoped the single – a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s hit Bridge Over Troubled Water – will raise millions to help those caught up in the tragedy.

Louisa Johnson said: “The amount of people that have actually agreed to it and gone out of their way to do it is incredible, especially how busy some of these people are.

“I feel honoured to be a part of it so to be here for today is really important.”

The singer, whose hit with Clean Bandit was in the top five last year, said the charity single was “beautiful”.


Emeli Sandé leaving the studio after recording for the charity song. (PA)

“Everyone will love it,” she said. “I’m really hoping that it does well.”

Lead singer of the Stereophonics, Kelly Jones, also pitched up to “sing a few lines”.

He said the situation in Grenfell had sparked memories of a flood in his street when he was a child.

“I got told yesterday,” he said. “It’s very apt for the subject, I know the song, I’ve heard it a million times.”

“All these things that are happening in London at the minute, and Manchester and everywhere, I think the main thing is people are pulling together”.


Rita Ora leaves a studio in west London on Saturday. (PA)

The likes of Rita Ora, Leona Lewis and Britain’s Got Talent 2017 winner Tokio Myers are among those to have taken part. 

Singer and actress Pixie Lott, known for hits including Mama Do and Cry Me Out, said: “It’s so important. It’s an honour to be involved and to come down and record today.

“Anything that we can do to help, we should.”

Pitch Battle chorister Gareth Malone said he had put together an ensemble of 300 people, made up of local choirs and local people.

He said: “He [Simon Cowell] is from ITV, I’m from the BBC, and it felt like a really nice message about working together.”

Of the song, he said: “This for me is a very special song. It’s the first song I ever did on television.

“I just think we need something really positive at the moment.

“Singing absolutely cannot fix anything, a record cannot fix anything, but we might be able to raise some money, we might be able to touch a few hearts.

“To be frank I don’t care what it sounds like, it’s just about doing something good.”

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Former X Factor judge Tulisa said it was an “absolute privilege” to be able to sing on the record, as she arrived to take part.

She called the song the “perfect choice”.

She added: “It’s very emotional. It’s going to be an emotional day.”

After recording her part, Sandé said it was a “real pleasure” to sing on the track.

“It’s really inspiring to see people come together,” she said, “It gives you hope in humanity.”

As for the song, she added: “It sounds beautiful.”

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