At least 79 estimated lives were taken so quickly just a week ago yesterday, as a high-rise apartment in London, England caught fire and trapped its residents. The Grenfell Tower is a public housing building in North Kensington, England. Despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters and 45 trucks, the blaze lasted 24 hours and gutted the building and trapped many of the residents. There was only ONE escape route, a single staircase and rumors persist that no fire alarms went off to warn the residents as the flames grew. Some blame the lack of an automatic sprinkler system, a costly upgrade but neglected for the added expense. But truly what is the cost of a human life? It has become the deadly fire in the U.K. since records were kept in the 20th Century. This tragedy could have been prevented and mega-producer and TV celebrity, Simon Cowell enlisted an all-star crew to record a special charity single to raise funds for the London Community Foundation.
The charity single, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” is a cover of the Simon and Garfunkel classic. Simon Cowell not only produced the single, he donated 100,000 pounds of his own money. The single was quickly downloaded and streamed 120,000 times and became the #1 song in the U.K. Some of the artists contributing are music icons, Roger Daltrey, Brian May of Queen, Robbie Williams, Pete Townshend, Nile Rodgers, plus Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson from One Direction. In addition, Rita Ora, Emile Sande, James Blunt, Bastille, Jessie J, and Craig David are just a handful of the artists who contributed to the record. Your heart will feel the pain of the moment as U.K. rapper Stormzy begins the record with powerful images of the disaster. You witness the firemen crying as they exit the burning building. But as the song chorus builds, you’ll feel the impact and hopeful spirit of record. If you’d like to contribute you can check out artistsforgrenfell.com
“BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER” – Artists For Grenfell