Sting 's Biography

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    02 October 1951
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Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, best known as Sting, an English musician, singer-songwriter, public figure and philanthropist who, before performing as a soloist, was the composer of most of the songs called The Police band. He has been acting alone since 1984.

Sting and his background 

The musician was born on October 2, 1951 in the port city of Wallsend in the north of England.

Sting's father, Ernest Matthew Samner, had a small dairy shop, and in his childhood Sting helped his father deliver milk early in the morning.

Sting's mother Odrin, worked as a hairdresser and nurse. She had a classical music education, and she taught Sting to play the piano. 

He got a guitar from his father's friend for the first time, then he started learning the chords in his free time. Sting was the eldest of four children in the family. He also has two younger sisters, Anita and Angela, and one brother, Philip.

After graduating from the gymnasium, Sting worked as a tax inspector for some time, training at school as an English teacher. While working as a teacher, he realized that his main passion is music, and he was ready to devote his entire life to it. On his friend’s advice, Sting went through the hearings of a local Newcastle Big Band jazz band and played there as a bass player and sometimes sang. He later moved to Phoenix Jazzmen. Here, he mastered the instrument, became acquainted with jazz, and received the nickname of Sting by the orchestra leader Gordon Solomon. At the same time, with these musicians, Sting gathered his first band “Last Exit”, which brought him the first big profit and glory of his hometown. The song “I Burn for You” became a hit, the band was still able to reach London and record.

'' The police '' band and the best hits

In 1977, drummer Stuart Coveland, guitarist Andy Summers and Sting formed The Police band. The first two singles, "Fall Out" and "Roxanne", did not succeed until entrepreneur Miles Coveland heard them. Becoming the band's manager, he signed with A&M, which released the Outlandos d'Amour debut CD at the same time. Released in 1979, the song "Roxanne" rose to 12th in England and became a European hit. The first CD was followed by Reggatta de Blanc, Zenyattà Mondatta, Ghost in the Machine and Synchronicity (with the mega-hit "Every Breath You Take"). After a glorious world tour in 1984, Sting decided that the band had done everything it could and the band ceased to exist when it was at the height of glory.

"The Police" reunited on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the single "Roxanne". Their tour began in Vancouver in late May 2007 and ended with a concert in New York on August 7, 2008. During that time, the band had 152 concerts and participated in many music festivals. In June 2008, the highest paid trio at the time was the Isle of Wight Festival, which drew 70,000 spectators.

Solo career

Sting's solo career was no less successful. His first CD with jazz elements was ‘The Dream of the Blue Turtles’. The single on that CD became the song "Russians". After touring The Dream of the Blue Turtles in 1987, Sting recorded ‘Nothing like the sun’. The latter was recorded with Marsalis and The Police guitarist Andy Summerson. Stars such as Eric Clapton and Mark Napfler also worked on the CD. The CD was released in the fall of 1987 and immediately appeared in the top hits of the parades. The song "They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)" that Sting wrote in memory of Chilean repression victims was particularly popular. In 1988, the musician began supporting Amnesty International and cared for Brazilian forests and Indians living there. The Soul Cages (1991) CD coincides with the loss of parents, and Ten Summoner's Tales (1993) features Sting as a more mature songwriter.

In 1991, Sting released 'The Soul Cages' autobiographical CD, whose single "All This Time" occupied the 5th spot on the 'Billboard' Magazine's Top 100. Continuing in the same spirit, he recorded the 'Ten Summoner's Tales ' CD, which included hits such as "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" and "Fields of Gold." The 1993 song "All for Love", recorded with Brian Adams and Rhode Stewart, and the soundtrack to the movie "Three Guns," topped the US hit parade, and in December 1994 it reached number two in the UK. Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting collection of songs from 1984-1994 proved that Sting was one of the most talented songwriters in the British "Second Channel" (after 1977). In addition to a number of popular songs, the CD also features 2 new songs, "When We Dance" and "This Cowboy Song." In the summer of 1995, Sting indicted his accountant and accused him of stealing his income. The accountant, Keith Moore, was sentenced to six years in prison.

The events of September 11, 2001, had a profound effect on Sting, not only as a human but as an artist. "I had to think seriously about what I should write as a musician," he says. "I didn't want to talk directly about what happened, but now I'm looking at the songs I've written since then, all of them in the same mood. I think there is something common with people. we are all connected, regardless of our nationality or religion, with the same energy that holds the whole world together’’. With that energy, Sting titled his new CD ‘Sacred Love’. The CD recorded in Paris in the first half of 2003 bears the deepest trace of what happened at that time in the world. Sting's words are about war, religion, understanding and misunderstanding, but the main idea that can be offered on behalf of the CD remains love. The song "Send Your Love" brought Sting to the Grammy nomination.

At the end of May 2013, Sting's official website announced the release of The Last Ship, a CD released on September 24 of the same year.

Family and social life

Sting lives in New York with his wife, actress Trudie Stiegler, children and dogs. He has 6 children.

In April 2010, Sting called for decriminalization of marijuana use. In his view, persecution, imprisonment, and the fight against drugs in general are pointless and harmful to society. Visiting Vladimir Pozner in December 2010, Sting suggested finding new ways to tackle the drug problem. First of all, of course, by informing the public about the harmful effects of drugs.

Interesting facts

Sting has received a Hollywood star title for his major contribution to music.

Renowned professional wrestler Steve Borden also performs under the name "Sting". It is noteworthy that those ancestral rights originally belonged to Borden, but Sumner bought them.

Sting has starred in several episodes of the Studio 60 (Studio 60 On Sunset Strip) and has been the lead character in '' Studio 60 '' and has had a song "Fields of Gold" on the weekly show.

On October 5, 2010, Sting was honored by the Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) for his achievements in the US music industry. Sting was featured on The Police's "Every Breath You Take" song. According to BMI estimates, that song was played on American radio stations no less than ten million times in 1983.

At a young age, Sting was involved in light athletics and even came second place in the English Championship.

Sting worked as an English teacher for two years.

He appeared in one of the episodes of the Simpsons cartoon where he helped Bart Simpson escape from the well.

Sting is a fan of English 'Newcastle United ' team.

Sting is a winemaker. His wine is highly regarded by the best wine makers in the world.


1985 - The Dream of the Blue Turtles, sold at 3,000,000

1986 - Bring On The Night:

1987 - Nothing Like the Sun, sold at 2,000,000

1988 - Nada Como el Sol:

1991 - The Soul Cages, sold at 1,000,000

1991 - Acoustic Live in Newcastle (released in the UK only)

1993 - Ten Summoner's Tales, sold at 3,000,000

1993 - Demolition Man:

1994 - Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984-1994, sold at 2,000,000

1995 - The Living Sea: Soundtrack from the IMAX Film:

1996 - Mercury Falling, selling at 1,000,000

1997 - The Very Best of Sting & The Police, 500,000

1999 - Brand New Day, sold at 3,000,000

1999 - At the Movies (Japanese issue)

2001 - All This Time (live), 500,000

2003 - Sacred Love, sold at 1,000,000


1992 "Probably Me" (with Eric Clapton)

1993 «If I Ever Lose My Faith In You»

1993 «Seven Days»

1993 «Fields of Gold»

1993 «Demolition Man»

1994 "All for Love"

1994 "Nothing 'Bout Me"

1994 «When We Dance»

1995 "This Cowboy Song" (Feat. Pato Banton)

1996 «Spirits in the Material World» (Pato Banton feat Sting)

1996 "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot"

1996 "You Still Touch Me"

1996 "I Was Brought to My Senses"

1996 «So Happy I Can't Stop Crying»

1997 «Roxanne '97 (remix) (with The Police)

1999 «Brand New Day»

2000 «Desert Rose» (Feat. Cheb Mami)

2000 «After the Rain Has Fallen»

2003 «Rise & Fall» (Craig David feat Sting)

2003 "Send Your Love"

2003 «Whenever I Say Your Name (ft. Mary J. Blidge)»

2004 «Take Me Dancing Stolen Car»

2005 «Taking the Inside Rail»

List of films

-As actor

Quadrupenia (1979)

 Brimstone and Treacle (1982)

Dune (1984)

Plenty (1985)

The Bride (1985)

Bring on the Night (1985)

The Adventures of Baron Munghausen (1988) 

Stormy Monday (1988)

Julia and Julia (1988)

The Grotesque (1995)

-As himself

Urgh! A Music War (1982)

Bring on the Night (1985)

The Simpsons episode "Radio Bart" (1992)

The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer Episode 5 (1995)

The Larry Sanders Show episode "Where Is the Love?" (1996)

Ally McBeal season four episode "Cloudy Skies, Chance of Parade" (2001)

Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out (2006)

Studio 60 on Sunset Strip (2006)

Vicar of Dibley Comic Relief special (2007)

Bee Movie (2007)

Little Britain USA (2008) as Stomp, the lead singer of "the Cops" (playing "Fields of Gold")

Bruno (2009)

Still Bill (2009)

Do It Again (2010)

Life's Too Short (2011)

2012: Time for Change (2011)

The Michael J. Fox Show (2013) (singing "August Wind" from The Last Ship)

20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

Zoolander 2 (2016)

Personal Quotes

  1. "It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile."
  2. "The acceptance of death gives you more of a stake in life, in living life happily, as it should be lived. Living for the moment."
  3. "That sense of failure, I don't know where people put it who don't write songs and aren't able to emote physically. It must go somewhere."
  4. "One of the rewards of success is freedom, the ability to do whatever you like."
  5. "I'm very much afraid of being mad - that's my one fear."
  6. "I can't really change my life to accommodate people who are jealous. I don't see why I should."
  7. "The logical process will often be the safe one. I tend, when I'm given that choice, to go the way that's not safe."
  8. "Love is stronger than justice."
  9. "I think love has something to do with allowing a person you claim to love to enter a larger arena than the one you create for them."
  10. "I don't need to manufacture trauma in my life to be creative. I have a big enough reservoir of sadness or emotional trauma to last me."

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