Music mogul Simon Cowell has masterminded a charity
single to raise money for all those affected by the devastating Grenfell
Tower fire. Cowell revealed during a recent interview that he was
prompted to organise the charity single out of anger at what happened to
The America’s Got Talent judge also donated £100,000 of
his own money to the Artists For Grenfell fundraiser, the charity
supporting the Grenfell victims and survivors, but he did not stop
He took it further by organising to record a charity single.
Proceeds from the single and donations made at artistsforgrenfell.com
go to The London Community Foundation. Speaking to Mirror Online, Simon
said that he felt he had to do more than donate money to help those
“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.”
“I have to
put my money where my mouth is. In all the years of doing this, I have
never felt so emotional. It was unbelievably powerful and sincere.”
Simon said it was touching how everyone at Grenfell came together as one to pull through the tragedy.
one word that comes to mind is community. I’m currently up in Liverpool
and people are talking about it here and wherever you are around the
The track, which was put together in three days,
will be a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Simon said they picked the classic because the lyrics were appropriate. A
community choir from the area near Grenfell will feature on the track
with around 60 other artists, including Pixie Lott, Stormzy , James
Blunt and One Direction. Dozens of celebrities have been spotted at Sarm
Music Village near the Grenfell Tower site to record the single.
The track was scheduled to be released on all major UK radio stations at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Watch video of Simon Cowell’s interview below.