Sting is an artistic pseudonym given to Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, an English actor and musician. His unique musical style that mixes jazz, reggae, classical music, world-beat, new-age and rock has been loved by the whole world since his solo career started in 1985. Before this, he was a songwriter, singer and bassist for The Police, a new-wave rock band. This position propelled him to become one of the world's best-selling artists.
Sting and the Police
Sting was born in Wallsend, Northumberland, England to a hairdresser and a milkman and engineer. At the age of 10, he became increasingly obsessed with an antique Spanish guitar in his family home. While studying in grammar school, Sting visited nightclubs that influenced his music later on. He would perform jazz in the evenings and weekends. In 1977, Sting moved to London and joined Steward Copeland and Henry Padovani to form The Police. The group had five best-selling albums in the UK and won six Grammy Awards as well as two Brit Awards. The first musical pieces of the group were greatly inspired by punk but later steered more toward pop and reggae rock. Four of the band's records are present on the Rolling Stone's List of Greatest Albums of All Time. Two of the band's songs, "Every Breath You Take" and "Roxanne," hold the similar top spots in the 500 best songs in rock and roll. During a concert in 1983, Sting decided that it was time to leave the Police to pursue his solo projects. For his first solo debut, Sting released The Dream of the Blue Turtle, featuring artists like Omar Hakim and Kenny Kirkland. Greatest hits like "If you Love Somebody Set Them Free," "Fortress Around Your Heart" and "Russians" are part of that album. Between 1990 and 1997, Sting had even greater success with his albums The Soul Cages, The Summoner's Tales, Ghost in the Machine and Mercury Falling. Between 1998 and 2004, Sting was actively involved with soundtrack work for movies like The Emperor's New Groove, My Funny Friend and Me and Kate and Leopold. During the period between 2006 and 2010, he was more into experimental albums and met with others from The Police for a reunion tour.
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How did the name "Sting" come about?
While Gordon Sumner was performing at nightclubs, he would often wear a jersey with yellow and black stripes. People would say he looked like a wasp and call him Sting. That name stuck to him and is the only artistic pseudonym he recognizes.
What are Sting concerts like?
Sting on tour always appears on stage polished, chiseled and somewhat introspective. Currently, he is collaborating with Shaggy, a reggae performer, giving him a more playful presence on stage.
What are Sting's most popular hits?
Some of Sting's most popular songs from his entire career are "Shape of My Heart," "Desert Rose," "Message in a Bottle," "Englishman of New York," "Every Breath You Take," "Russians," "Fragile," "Brand New Day," "Fields of Gold," "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" and "Fortress Around Your Heart."
How many Grammy Awards does Sting have?
Sting has a total of 22 nominations and 18 Grammy Awards. The awards were for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, Best Rock Instrumental Performance, Song of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Music Video (Long Form), Best Rock Song, Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical), Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals and Best Reggae Album.
Has Sting ever starred in a movie?
Besides being a musician, Sting is also a movie actor who debuted as early as 1979 in the movie Quadrophenia. He has also taken part in the movies Dune, Plenty, The Bride, Stormy Monday, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Dolphins, Cold Mountain, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, The Bee Movie, Bruno, Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, 20 Feet From Stardom and Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia.Back to Top