Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, more commonly known by his stage name, Sting, is an English singer-songwriter, musician, actor, activist, and philanthropist. Known both for his solo career and for being the lead singer of The Police, he incorporates such styles as classical, jazz, New Age, reggae, and worldbeat into his music. Using his success to help those less fortunate, he is heavily involved in the human rights cause and has worked for decades with Amnesty. He has also founded the Rainforest Foundation Fund to help save the earth’s rainforests and protect the indigenous people who call the forests their home.
In September of 2013, he released The Last Ship, which was his first original album since Sacred Love in 2003. This album was inspired by his upcoming play of the same name and explores the idea of self-exploration and discovery. When writing this album, he drew from his own childhood memories and coming-of-age experiences. To promote the album’s release, he performed ten benefit shows in New York in September and October of 2013.
Between 1978 and 1983, he released five albums with The Police, winning a total of six Grammy Awards. After their last album in 1983, the group agreed to separate and work on solo projects. He was far and away the most successful of the group in his solo musical ventures. His first solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, was released in 1985 and was Triple Platinum within a year. His next album …Nothing Like the Sun, went Double Platinum. His next album to go Platinum was the 1991 album The Soul Cages, which was dedicated to his deceased father. Only two years later, his album Ten Summoner’s Tales went Triple Platinum. Also in that year, he released a cover of his Police Song Demolition Man, which went Platinum. His 1999 album Brand New Day went Triple Platinum, and his 2003 album Sacred Love went Platinum.
Sting has been nominated for a staggering seventy six awards, and has won thirty six of them. In his solo career, he was won six Grammy Awards for Best Rock Instrumental Performance (1984), Best Music Video (1987, `994), Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (1988, 1994, 2000, 2001), Best Rock Song (1992), Best Pop Vocal Album (2000), and Best Pop Collaboration (2004). In addition, he has won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography in a Video and twenty five American Music Awards.
Between September 25 and October 9 in 2013, Sting gave a number of benefit concerts to raise money for the New York Public Theater. In addition, he donated over two million dollars to support Shakespeare in the Park’s free performances. Also in 2013, he held a staged reading of his musical The Last Ship, which was inspired by his album The Soul Cages. The work is about the fall of the shipbuilding industry in Newcastle in the 1980s. It is set to debut in June 2014 in Chicago and will be later transferred to Broadway in New York in the fall.