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Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE (born 2 October 1951), known on stage as Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and philanthropist. He was principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band The Police from 1977 to 1983, before launching a solo career.

After disbanding the Police at the peak of their popularity in 1984, Sting quickly established himself as a viable solo artist, one obsessed with expanding the boundaries of pop music. Sting incorporated heavy elements of jazz, classical, and worldbeat into his music, writing lyrics that were literate and self-consciously meaningful, and he was never afraid to emphasize this fact in the press. For such unabashed ambition, he was equally loved and reviled, with supporters believing that he was at the forefront of literate, intelligent rock and his critics finding his entire body of work pompous. Either way, Sting remained one of pop's biggest superstars for the first ten years of his solo career, before his record sales began to slip.

Before the Police were officially disbanded, Sting began work on his first solo album late in 1984, rounding up a group of jazz musicians as a supporting band. Moving from bass to guitar, he recorded his solo debut, 1985's The Dream of the Blue Turtles, with Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, and Omar Hakim. The move wasn't entirely unexpected since Sting had played with jazz and progressive rock bands in his youth, but the result was considerably more mature and diverse than any Police record. The album became a hit, with "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free," "Love Is the Seventh Wave," and "Fortress Around Your Heart" reaching the American Top Ten. Sting brought the band out on an extensive tour and filmed the proceedings for a 1986 documentary called Bring on the Night, which appeared alongside a live double album of the same name. That year, Sting participated in a half-hearted Police reunion that resulted in only one new song, a re-recorded version of "Don't Stand So Close to Me."

He has included rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age and worldbeat in his music. As a solo musician and a member of The Police, he received 16 Grammy Awards, his first for best rock instrumental in 1980, three Brit Awards, including Best British Male in 1994 and Outstanding Contribution in 2002, a Golden Globe award, an Emmy Award, and three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Police in 2003. In 2000, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording. In 2003, Sting received a CBE from Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for services to music, and was made a Kennedy Center Honoree at the White House in 2014.

With The Police, Sting became one of the world's best-selling music artists. Solo and with The Police, he sold 100 million records. In 2006, Paste ranked him 62nd of the 100 best living songwriters. He was 63rd of VH1's 100 greatest artists of rock, and 80th of Q magazine's 100 greatest musical stars of 20th century. He has collaborated with other musicians, including "Rise & Fall" with Craig David, "All for Love", with Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart, and introduced the North African musical Raï to Western audiences by his international hit "Desert Rose" with Cheb Mami.


In 1997 Sting joined Luciano Pavarotti for the opening of the Pavarotti Music Center in war-torn Mostar, Bosnia.
Sting was a certified primary school teacher in England.
Sting's song "Every Breath You Take" is officially the most requested radio song of all time.
One of Sting's children suffers from dyspraxia (a developmental disorder of the brain in childhood affecting movement and coordination).
Sting performed for the BBC's annual Children in Need charity event in 21 November 2003.
Sting put the movie of his son Jake's birth in his movie Bring on the Night.
Sting's album "Nothing Like the Sun" is dedicated to his mother, Audrey.
Sting got his nickname ("Sting") from the black and gold rugby shirts he used to wear, which made him look like a hornet.
Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, introduced Madonna to her second husband Guy Ritchie.
Sting is an avid supporter of the soccer team Newcastle United.
Sting wrote the hit song "Every Breath You Take" after waking up in the middle of the night from a dream.
Sting speaks fluent Portuguese.
Sting was a member of Band Aid in 1984.
Sting is the godfather of Madonna's son Rocco.
The comic book character John Constantine from DC's Hellblazer was designed to look like Sting.
Sting's favorite music is jazz.
Sting and Trudie Styler lived together for about 10 years before getting married.
Sting has 6 children (two from his first wife, four from Trudie).
Sting's main trademark is his high-pitched, raspy voice.
Sting's height is 6' (1.83 m).
Sting and wife, Trudie Styler shocked and surprised their son and guests on his 21st birthday bash with video of his own birth.
Sting doesn't have the rights for the name STING. A wreslter called Steve "STING" Borden have the legal rights to use it.

 

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