How Si­mon Cow­ell’s Gren­fell Tower char­ity sin­gle came to be

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SI­MON Cow­ell (pic) has do­nated £100,000 (RM546,139) to the vic­tims of the Gren­fell Tower fire.

The 57-year-old mu­sic mogul was left feel­ing an­gry and up­set when he saw footage of the shock­ing in­ferno – which killed over 70 peo­ple – in west Lon­don re­cently and was driven to do more than just hand over some cash in or­der to help those af­fected by the tragedy.

Dis­cussing the in­spi­ra­tion behind his star-stud­ded char­ity sin­gle – Bridge Over Trou­bled Wa­ter, which was re­leased last week – he said: “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.”

Cow­ell en­listed the likes of Robbie Wil­liams, Liam Payne, Stor­mzy, Paloma Faith, and Leona Lewis to ap­pear on the record, a cover of Si­mon and Gar­funkel's Bridge Over Trou­bled Wa­ter, and he re­vealed it took around 12 hours to choose the song be­cause he felt the track had the ap­pro­pri­ate lyrics.

He told the Mir­ror On­line :“Itisa great song to send out a mes­sage of sup­port and once we decided on that, we had to get the artistes.”

While he was ap­palled by the tragic fire, Cow­ell has been heart­ened by the sense of com­mu­nity dis­played and how much peo­ple have wanted to help the vic­tims.

He said: “The 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 coun­try.

“Even Nile Rodgers, leg­endary record pro­ducer, he turned up be­cause he heard about it so it is not just a Bri­tish thing or a Lon­don thing. It is a world­wide thing. And like I've said be­fore, it was avoid­able.”

It took just three days to pull the record to­gether and Cow­ell is very proud of what they have pro­duced.

He said: “When I heard the record, it is ex­tra­or­di­nary. It is very per­sonal, emo­tional, it means some­thing, it is sin­cere and it in­tends to do, what we decided to do, raise money and show sup­port.”

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