Sting In-depth Biography
Sting (real-name Gordon Sumner) was born in 1951 in Wallsend, north-east England. He is best known for being in the band The Police and also a successful solo artist in his own right, earning him a CBE and a total of sixteen Grammys. He is one of the most prolific rock and pop icons of the 20thcentury, with a distinctive fusion of rock, pop, reggae and jazz sounds.
In the early days, Sting developed his style by performing at various jazz clubs. In 1977 he formed Sting with Stewart Copeland and Henry Padovani (later replaced by Andy Summers). They had instant success gaining six Grammys and five chart topping albums. Following the success of the bands’ last album “Synchronicity” and the biggest hit single “Every Breath You Take”, the band made the decision to unofficially part ways in 1984 after the band members felt they were moving in different directions.
In 2007 the band reformed to go on a world tour. Sting went on to pursue a prolific solo career. His first album “The Dream of the Blue Turtles” included the hit singles "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free", "Fortress Around Your Heart", "Love Is the Seventh Wave", and "Russians". The album reached Triple Platinum.
In 1992 Sting married and went on to record and produce music for film and solo concerts. He recorded music for the film “The Emperor's New Groove”. His next album in September 1999 “Brand New Day” included the Top 40 hits "Brand New Day" and "Desert Rose” and was a momentous success earning Sting another Grammy and also going Triple platinum in 2001-2002.
Sting went on to create more music in the 2000’s and had growing involvement with many high-profile charity events including performances for Live 8 and a UNICEF sponsored concert in Uzbekistan. He also famously performed with Stevie Wonder for President Obama’s Inauguration Day on 20 January 2009.