Emeli Sandé and Stormzy among names for Grenfell Tower charity single

The cover version of Bridge Over Troubled Water will feature a 300-strong ensemble choir of locals alongside artists and celebrities

Rita Ora, Stormzy, Emeli Sandé and X Factor winner Louisa Johnson are among the artists involved with the Grenfell Tower charity single sessions.

Organised by Simon Cowell, the single will be a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, with donations going to help victims of last Wednesday’s fire in London.

“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,” Johnson said. “I feel honoured to be a part of it.”

Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones also pitched up to “sing a few lines”.

“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,” he said.

Celine Dion and Robbie Williams are rumoured to have been involved in the recording process. An ensemble of 300 people, including local choirs and residents, also feature on the track, which is directed by Gareth Malone.

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

“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.”

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

The charity track will be available from 8am on Wednesday 21 June.


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