Grenfell Tower charity single released


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Ella Eyre, Louisa Johnson and Stormzy were all involved in the recording

A single to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire has been released.

Stars including Stormzy, Robbie Williams, Celine Dion and Liam Payne recorded Bridge Over Troubled Water to help raise money for those affected.

The cover of the Simon and Garfunkel classic, also featuring Craig David and Skepta, was organised by Simon Cowell.

At least 79 people are now missing, presumed dead, following the fire in west London a week ago.

Cowell lives in the same London borough as Grenfell Tower and announced the single last Thursday.

The song opens with a verse by Stormzy, who says: “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.”

The London-born MC goes on to say, “That could have been my mum’s house / Or that could have been my nephew”, concluding, “I just hope that you’re resting and free up there”.

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Others performing include music legends Sir Paul McCartney, Brian May and Roger Daltry, with lines also sung by Rita Ora, Pixie Lott, Ella Eyre and Paloma Faith.

Payne’s One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson has also loaned his vocals to the track.

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Kelly Jones, Pixie Lott and Paloma Faith – Jones said the choice of song was “apt”

The song, first released by the American folk duo in 1970, contains lyrics including: “When you’re weary, feeling small / When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all / I’m on your side.”

Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones said the choice of song was “very apt”, adding: “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.”

X Factor winner Louisa Johnson said she felt “honoured” to be involved with the “beautiful” single, which is also to feature local choirs.

‘Beauty of London’

Emeli Sande, who has just been made an MBE, 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.”

Pianist Tokio Myers, who recently won Britain’s Got Talent, has also recorded part of the single, as have Bastille, James Blunt and Dua Lipa.

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The devastating blaze took place a week ago

The London Community Gospel Choir took part too, with Pitch Battle’s Gareth Malone leading a local community choir.

Meanwhile, West End stars are taking part in a benefit concert next week. Dame Judi Dench, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’s Noma Dumezweni will be among those taking part in the event at Trafalgar Studios in London.

Proceeds from the show will go to the Grenfell Tower Fire Fund.

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