- NAME: Sting
- OCCUPATION: Singer
- BIRTH DATE: October 02, 1951 (Age: 61)
- EDUCATION: St. Cuthbert's Grammar School, Northern Counties College of Education
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
- Full Name: Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner
- AKA: Gordon Sumner
- AKA: Sting
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
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Sting, born Gordon Sumner, is an English singer, songwriter and philanthropist best known as the frontman of The Police.
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After the tour to support this album ended in 1984, Sting decided that the group should take a break.
Sting began a career as a solo artist, scoring a hit album with his first post-Police effort, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, released in 1985. On the recording, he worked with several jazz musicians, including Bradford Marsalis. Sting went on to release a string of successful solo albums, including Nothing Like the Sun (1987), The Soul Cages (1991), Ten Summoner's Tales (1993) and Mercury Falling (1996). During this period, Sting wrote and recorded a diverse range of music, from haunting ballads to intriguing instrumental pieces to upbeat popular songs. He found chart success with such singles as "Englishman in New York," "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" and "Fields of Gold."
Along with his musical exploration and experimentation, Sting found time for acting. He appeared in several films, including the science fiction drama Dune (1984) and the popular British crime film Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). He worked on soundtracks for such films as The Mighty (1998), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) and The Emperor's New Groove (2000).
In 1999, Sting released his most popular solo album to date, Brand New Day. The optimistic title track strung a cord with listeners around the world and won Sting a Grammy Award for best male pop vocal performance in 2000. Later albums include All This Time (2001), Sacred Love (2003) and Songs from the Labyrinth (2006), which is a recording of English music from the 1600s.
In 2007, Sting surprised and delighted fans of The Police when the group performed together on the Grammy Awards television broadcast. The band also announced it would tour for the first time in over two decades.
In addition to his musical career, Sting has been active in human rights and other social issues. He and his wife, Trudie Styler, have been married since 1992. The couple has four children. Sting also has two other children from his first marriage.
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