1. Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE , known professionally by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor, and philanthropist.
2. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band The Police from 1977 to 1983, before launching a solo career.
3. He has included elements of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age and worldbeat in his music. a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song.
4. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Police in 2003.
5. In 2000, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording.
6. 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.
7. He helped his father deliver milk and by ten was “obsessed” with an old Spanish guitar left by an emigrating friend of his father.
8. Sting performed jazz in the evening, weekends and during breaks from college and teaching.
9. In January 1977, Sting moved from Newcastle to London and joined Stewart Copeland and Henry Padovani to form The Police.
10. From 1978 to 1983 they had five UK chart-topping albums, won six Grammy Awards, and two Brit Awards; for Best British Group, and for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Their initial sound was punk inspired, but they switched to reggae rock and minimalist pop.
11. Their final album, Synchronicity, was nominated for five Grammy Awards including Album of the Year.
12. It included their most successful song, “Every Breath You Take”, written by Sting, in 1983.
13. According to Sting, who appeared in the documentary Last Play at Shea, he decided to leave The Police while onstage during a concert of 18 August 1983 at Shea Stadium because he felt that playing that venue was ” While never formally breaking up, after Synchronicity the group agreed to concentrate on solo projects.
14. As the years went by, the band members, particularly Sting, dismissed the possibility of reforming.