Music & Lyrics
Sting was born Gordon Matthew Sumner on 2 October 1951 in Wallsend, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England, the eldest of four children of Audrey (Cowell), a hairdresser, and Ernest Matthew Sumner, an engineer and milkman.
He grew up in the turmoil of the shipbuilding industry and wanted to become a musician very early, having developed a love for the bass guitar. He played in jazz/rock bands such as the Last Exit and other various outfits, including a Dixieland jazz group, and in 1977, he formed the rock trio the Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers.
In 1984, he went on to record solo albums, and has evolved into one of the most prolific songwriters and musicians in the world. Following his most recent, critically acclaimed solo album, 57th & 9th, his first rock/pop collection in over a decade, Sting and Jamaican musician Shaggy released a collaborative, island-flavoured album, entitled 44/876, on 20
April that reflects the duo’s mutual love of Jamaica - its music, the spirit of its people and the vibrancy of its culture. They will also be extending this collaboration to the road this summer when the two iconic artists embark on a European tour of various historic venues, performing their most celebrated hits as well as selections off their forthcoming album.
Throughout his illustrious career, Sting has sold close to 100 million albums from his combined work with the Police and as a solo artist. He has also delved into acting, having appeared in over 15 films, such as Quadrophenia (1979) and Bring on the Night (1984), and has published a memoir entitled Broken Music in 2003, which spent 13 weeks on The New York Times best-sellers list. He has received honorary Doctorate of Music degrees from Northumbria University in October 1992, Berklee College of Music in May 1994 and from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2006.
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