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UK Bhangra star Jaz Dhami features on God Only Knows (BBC Music)

UK Bhangra star Jaz Dhami features on “God Only Knows”(BBC Music)


BBC Music is delighted to share with you this extraordinary version of the Beach Boys’ masterpiece, God Only Knows, to celebrate our love of music.

With the 80-piece BBC Concert Orchestra at its heart and 27 ridiculously talented musicians from a wide range of genres, this “impossible orchestra” represents the talent, diversity and musical passion found every single day throughout the BBC.

The single is also in aid of BBC Children in Need



Here is the full cast list and the lines they sing/perform:

Martin James Bartlett – celeste
Pharrell Williams – I may not always love you
Emeli Sande – But as long as there are stars above you
Elton John – You never need to doubt it
Lorde – I’ll make you so sure about it
Chris Martin – God only knows what I’d be without you
Brian Wilson – If you should ever leave me  (piano)
Florence Welch – Well life would still go on believe me
Kylie Minogue – The world could show nothing to me
Stevie Wonder – So what good would living do me
Eliza Carthy – God only knows what I’d be without you
Nicola Benedetti – violin
Jools Holland – piano
Brian May – electric guitar
Jake Bugg – lalalala
Katie Derham – violin
Tees Valley Youth Choir – God only knows
Alison Balsom – piccolo trumpet
One Direction – God only knows what I’d be without you
Jaz Dhami – God only knows what I’d be without you
Paloma Faith – God only knows what I’d be without you
Chrissie Hynde – God only knows
Jamie Cullum – God only knows what I’d be without you
Baaba Maal – God only knows
Danielle de Niese – God only knows what I’d be without you
Dave Grohl –  God only Knows
Sam Smith – God only knows what I’d be without you
Brian Wilson – God only knows what I’d be without you


The single, which is now available to download/stream and is the first collaboration in history between 3 of the major record labels, Sony Music, Warner Music & Universal Music.

God Only Knows: Behind the scenes – BBC Music




Bob Shennan the director of music on BBC said this about the “God Only Project”

“When I became Director of Music in March, I wanted to launch BBC Music, the BBC’s strongest commitment to music in 30 years, on a grand scale with a film and song that audiences would enjoy for years to come. And I’m proud to say I think we’ve done just that.

The launch of God Only Knows marks a significant moment for the BBC – an extraordinary performance featuring 27 of the most iconic and acclaimed music artists in the world, brought together by the BBC to form ‘The Impossible Orchestra’.

This evening at 8pm, the BBC came together for the very first time to celebrate music, and the role we play in bringing music to UK audiences every day. From BBC Two to BBC Asian Network, BBC World News to BBC Radio Cumbria, all of the BBC’s outlets joined forces in the very first pan-channel broadcast.

It is also the launch of a new BBC Music brand which will support and champion the best music and musicians across the BBC, bringing the very best music to audiences across Radio, Television, and Online.

God Only Knows showcases the power and potential of music – a modern masterpiece which inspired musicians and music fans nearly 50 years ago, but which continues to inspire today with its timeless beauty and quality.


God Only Knnows CD Cover

If you look closely, it’s all here – a celebration of the rich musical diversity that we share with audiences every day – from the stunning talent of BBC Young Musician Martin James Bartlett to BBC Introducing’s Florence Welch, and globally recognised UK artists such as Brian May and Sir Elton John, as well as the latest wave of global British talent in One Direction and Sam Smith. It also features some of the BBC’s most recognised voices in music, including Jamie Cullum, Katie Derham, Jools Holland, Lauren Laverne, Zane Lowe and Gareth Malone, whose knowledge and passion for music fuels some of our finest programming. What’s more, the recording will be sold to raise funds for Children in Need, which makes this project even more worthwhile.

The performance, which has been so brilliantly led by music producer Ethan Johns and performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, is a nod to the BBC’s musical heritage of over 90 years. The generosity of the commercial artists involved in the project was admirable as they all performed free of charge.   For Stevie Wonder to ask ‘would you like me to play the harmonica?’ after he had recorded his vocal contribution left everyone in the studio stunned – and of course we said yes, as you can hear on the track.

Music is hugely important to the BBC, and the BBC is a key supporter of the UK music industry. We take this responsibility seriously, and this is why we’ve gone further than ever before and have created a film that will hopefully be watched and enjoyed for many years to come.

This week marked the launch of Ten Pieces, which will introduce classical music to a new generation of children. We will not do this alone, and will work with more than 200 partners across the UK – we are adopting a similar partnership approach with BBC Introducing, working with the National Skills Academies and PRS for Music Foundation to widen access to the music industry, and offer some unrivalled opportunities to emerging artists.

On 11 December we will hold the first BBC Music Awards, a celebration of British music, and music on the BBC and we’ll be announcing more details about the Awards in the next few weeks. This programme marks the return of landmark music content on BBC One, standing alongside our regular and high quality programmes on BBC Four.

This is in addition to our existing commitment to music on the BBC, over 41,000 hours of content a year across Television, Radio and Online, spanning all genres, showcasing the best emerging UK talent across more than 15 new talent schemes. BBC Music will bring audiences some of the finest and most popular national events across popular and classical music.

A special moment. The start of a very special musical journey for the BBC I hope you will join”.