Born as Gordon Mathew Thomas Sumner in 1951 in Wallsend, near the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Sting has grown an identity that even he acknowledges has outgrown and completely replaced his true name, even to his loved ones. With a modest upbringing, Sting originally helped his father with the early milkman rounds, learning music on his Spanish guitar, an item forsaken by a relative who had immigrated to Canada. Sting worked a number of small jobs as a bus conductor & laborer before becoming a teacher after completing his degree from Northumbria University in 1974. This allowed the creative musician time off in the evenings & weekends to jam at local jazz clubs, where he developed both a reputation & a nickname. Upon moving to London in 1977, Sting befriended Henry Padovani & Stewart Copeland to form The Police. Although punk-inspired at first, The Police became famous for their new wave & pop anthems. They hit a peak with the immortal heavy bass line of Synchronicity's "Every Breath You Take", but that proved to be Sting's last contribution.
Sting started his solo work, going back to his jazz roots by collaborating with Omar Hakim, Kenny Kirkland & Branford Marsalis on his debut album The Dream of the Blue Turtles in 1985. Sting's next two works were dedicated to his deceased mother & father, the second of which saw him depart from jazz to take up dark, melodic rock. Sting's experimentations continued successfully with the light pop-oriented turn in the cheekily named Ten Summoner's Tales (the title is a play on his original name) & he rocked audiences with massive commercial hits like "Desert Rose" at the turn of the century. Sting recently had a successful foray into film music, & has performed far & wide to promote his latest works in collaboration with a multitude of artists. He was a leading exponent of new wave music early in his career, veering towards pop, jazz & rock in his solo offerings.
Sting has received a staggering 27 Grammy nominations in his career, winning the award 11 times. As part of Police, Sting became popular with the worldwide hit "Every Breath You Take", also showcasing his class in the Grammy-winning instrumental "Brimstone & Treacle". Three of his albums, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, Ten Summoner's Tales & Brand New Day have gone triple-platinum. "Soul Cages" from the album of the same name is a dense complex number that won him a Grammy as well as great critical acclaim. Things freshened up with "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You", the light pop-oriented award-winning song from Ten Summoner's Tales. "Fields of Gold" was highly successful on the airwaves, & Sting landed some truly memorable hits in the triple Grammy-winning Brand New Day. The title song & "Desert Rose" became trademark Sting songs, & paved the way for his Hollywood exploits, where he was much-lauded for "All for Love" (The Three Musketeers) & "Until..." from Kate & Leopold, which went on to get an Oscar nomination.
Sting is an accomplished live performer, delivering strong leading roles in various Police tours, & following up in his solo career. Sting's Sacred Love Tour in 2004 was met with a mad rush for Sting tickets, & he followed with a "College Tour", the Broken Music Tour in 2005. The Police Reunion Tour in 2007 was a major success owing to its nostalgic appeal. Sting will perform live concerts in Portland, Auburn, Morrison and Concord in June.
Sting's aura as a confident capable bassist & singer has seen him front bands with consummate ease over his career. He has produced works that garnered critical acclaim, as well as sole commercially marketed hits. His flexibility is what makes him an irresistible concert draw, leaving fans scrambling for Sting tickets