It follows the release of a charity single he's organised which went on sale this morning.
Simon said: “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.”
Following the catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower in West London on Wednesday June 14th, the music community has come together for a charity single.
“I felt how everyone felt when they saw the news. I was angry, upset, thinking what the hell do you do?” Simon told the Daily Mirror newspaper. “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.”
Over three days from Saturday June 17th, artists from across the music industry have united to record a version of the Simon and Garfunkel classic Bridge Over Troubled Water.
The track has been recorded at Sarm Studios in West London – half a mile from Grenfell.
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Artists for Grenfell was released at 8am on Wednesday June 21st, a week after the tragedy. The video will then premiere on Wednesday evening on ITV before Coronation Street. All proceeds collected through Artists for Grenfell will be distributed via The London Community Foundation.
To make further donations to Artists for Grenfell, go to the dedicated website www.artistsforgrenfell.com. All proceeds – from both the track and donations - will be distributed via The London Community Foundation.