Sting - born Gordone Matthaw Thomas Sumner - is an English musician from Newcastle upon Tyne. Prior to his solo career, Sting was the lead singer, principal composer, and bassist of the 1970s-1980s rock band, The Police. He has been awarded sixteen Grammys, and been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In 2010, Sting released his tenth studio album, Symphonicities. In the spring of 2013, Sting will embark on a series of concert dates on his Back to Bass tour.
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In September 1981, Sting made his first-ever solo live performance performing on all four nights of the fourth Amnesty International benefit The Secret Policeman's Other Ball at the invitation of producer Martin Lewis. He also led an all-star band (dubbed "The Secret Police") on his own arrangement of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released". The band included Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Phil Collins and Bob Geldof all of whom (except Beck) later worked together on "Live Aid".
Sting released ...Nothing Like the Sun in 1987, which included the hit songs "We'll Be Together", "Fragile", "Englishman in New York" and "Be Still My Beating Heart", dedicated to his recently-deceased mother. It eventually went Double Platinum and was recognized as one of the most important rock & roll albums of the 1980s.
Sting reached a pinnacle of success in 1994. Together with Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart, they performed the chart-topping song "All For Love" from the film The Three Musketeers. The song stayed at the top of the US charts for five weeks and went Platinum; it is to date Sting's only song from his post-Police career to top the US charts.
2002 was a year of awards for Sting. He won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for his second Academy Award for his song "Until ..." from the film Kate & Leopold. In June, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Late in the year, it was announced that The Police would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003. In the summer, Sting was awarded the honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).