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  • Real name : Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner
  • Date of birth : 02/10/1951

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Sting (1951)

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner

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Sting , CBE, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, activist, actor and philanthropist. Prior to starting his solo career, he was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist of the rock band The Police.

Sting has varied his musical style throughout his career, incorporating distinct elements of jazz, reggae, classical, new age, and worldbeat into his music. As a solo musician and member of The Police, Sting has received sixteen Grammy Awards for his work, receiving his first Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1981, three Brit Awards — winning Best British Male in 1994, a Golden Globe, an Emmy Award, and several Oscar nominations for Best Original Song. He is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

  Biography  

 early life
Sting was born in Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, the eldest of four children born to Audrey (née Cowell), a hairdresser, and Ernest Matthew Sumner, a milkman and engineer. His siblings were Philip, Angela and Anita. Young Gordon would often assist his father with the early-morning milk-delivery rounds and his "best friend" was an old Spanish guitar with five rusty strings which had been left behind by an uncle who had emigrated to Canada.

He attended St. Cuthbert's Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne. He would often sneak into nightclubs like the Club-A-Go-Go, where he would watch acts such as Cream and Jimi Hendrix, artists who would later influence his own music. After jobs as a bus conductor, a construction labourer, and a tax officer, he attended Northern Counties College of Education, from 1971 to 1974 and qualified as a teacher. He then worked as a schoolteacher at St. Paul's First School in Cramlington for two years.

Sting performed in jazz bands on evenings, weekends, and during breaks from college and from teaching. He played with local jazz bands such as the Phoenix Jazzmen, the Newcastle Big Band, and Last Exit. He gained his nickname after he performed wearing a black and yellow sweater with hooped stripes while onstage with the Phoenix Jazzmen. Bandleader Gordon Solomon thought that the sweater made him look like a bee, which prompted the nickname "Sting".

 personal life
Sting married actress Frances Tomelty from Northern Ireland, on 1 May 1976. Before they divorced in 1984, the couple had two children: Joseph and Fuchsia Catherine (a.k.a. "Kate", born 17 April 1982). Joe Sumner is a member of the band Fiction Plane. In 1980 Sting became a tax exile and moved to Galway in Ireland. In 1982, shortly after the birth of his second child, Sting separated from Tomelty and began living with actress Trudie Styler. The couple eventually married on 20 August 1992. Sting and Styler have four children: Bridget Michael (a.k.a. "Mickey", born 19 January 1984), Jake , Eliot Pauline (nicknamed "Coco", born 30 July 1990), and Giacomo Luke . Coco is the current singer and founder of the London based group I Blame Coco. Both of Sting's parents died from cancer in 1987. He did not, however, attend either funeral stating that the media fuss would be disrespectful to his parents. 1995 found Sting preparing for a court appearance against his former accountant who had misappropriated several million pounds of his money.
Sting owns several homes worldwide, including Elizabethan manor house Lake House and its 60 acre country estate near Salisbury, Wiltshire; a country cottage in the Lake District; a New York City apartment; a beach house in Malibu; a estate in Tuscany; and two properties in London: an apartment on The Mall, an 18th-century terrace house in Highgate. He also owns homes in the Caribbean, including one in the upscale community of Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic. Sting was estimated to have a fortune of £180 million in the Sunday Times Rich List of 2011, making him one of the 10 richest people in the British music industry.


To keep physically fit, for years Sting ran five miles a day and performed aerobics. He participated in running races at Parliament Hill and charity runs similar to the British 10K. Around 1990 he met Danny Paradise who introduced him to yoga, and he later began practising regularly. His practice consisted primarily of an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga series, though now he practices Tantra and Jivamukti Yoga as well. He wrote a foreword to the book Yoga Beyond Belief, written by Ganga White in 2007.

An avid chess player, Sting played Garry Kasparov in an exhibition game in 2000, along with four fellow bandmates: Dominic Miller, Jason Rebello, Chris Botti, and Russ Irwin. Kasparov beat all five simultaneously within 50 minutes. Formerly eating only animals that he raised himself, he now adheres to a macrobiotic diet.

In 1969 Sting read the Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake and became a passionate fan. He later bought the film rights to the books, and also named household pets, a race horse, his publishing company, and even one of his daughters after characters from the books.

Sting is a supporter of Newcastle United, and in 2009, backed a Newcastle United Supporters campaign against the controversial plan of owner Mike Ashley to sell off the naming rights to St James' Park.

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Name Duration Released
All Would Envy 05:36 22/11/2010
I Burn for You 04:03 13/07/2010
The End of the Game 06:07 13/07/2010
You Will Be My Ain True Love 03:44 13/07/2010
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 04:56 13/07/2010
Next to You 02:30 13/07/2010
The Pirate's Bride 05:02 13/07/2010
There is No Rose of Such Virtue 04:04 26/10/2009
Cherry Tree Carol 03:12 26/10/2009
Soul Cake 03:29 26/10/2009
Balulalow 03:10 26/10/2009
Now Winter Comes Slowly 03:06 26/10/2009
The Burning Babe 02:45 26/10/2009
Cold Song 03:16 26/10/2009
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming 02:42 26/10/2009
You Only Cross My Mind in Winter 02:36 26/10/2009
Christmas at Sea 04:38 26/10/2009
The Hurdy-Gurdy Man 02:51 26/10/2009
The Snow It Melts the Soonest 03:44 26/10/2009
Lullaby for an Anxious Child 02:50 26/10/2009
More Than This 04:49 2008
Making Noise 04:05 2008
We Are All Made of Stars 04:04 2008
Better 03:08 2008
Belief 03:44 2008
Versions of Violence 04:17 2008
Hide & Seek 2 04:08 2008
Where Are You Going 04:03 2008
Nothing Fades 04:28 2008
...And from Thence I Had Great Desire to See Italy... 00:28 09/10/2006
In Darkness Let Me Dwell 04:12 09/10/2006
The Battle Galliard 03:01 09/10/2006
Forlorn Hope Fancy 03:08 09/10/2006
...Men Say That the Kinge of Spain... 01:01 09/10/2006
...Then in Time Passing On... 00:32 09/10/2006
Come, Heavy Sleep 03:46 09/10/2006
Clear or Cloudy 02:47 09/10/2006
Have You Seen the Bright Lily Grow 02:35 09/10/2006
Fantasy 02:42 09/10/2006
My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home 01:34 09/10/2006
Flow My Tears 04:42 09/10/2006
Weep You No More, Sad Fountains 02:38 09/10/2006
Ryght Honorable... 00:40 09/10/2006
...From Thence I Went to Landgrave of Hessen... 00:24 09/10/2006
...After My Departures I Caled to Mynde... 00:30 09/10/2006
Can She Excuse My Wrongs 02:35 09/10/2006
Fine Knacks for Ladies 01:50 09/10/2006
Wilt Thou Unkind Thus Reave Me 02:40 09/10/2006
Walsingham 00:38 09/10/2006
... And Accordinge as I Desired Ther Cam a Letter... 00:55 09/10/2006
Come Again 02:56 09/10/2006
Message in a Bottle 05:40 09/10/2006
The Lowest Trees Have Tops 02:16 09/10/2006
Inside 04:46 22/09/2003
The Book of My Life 06:15 22/09/2003
This War 05:29 22/09/2003
Forget About the Future 05:12 22/09/2003
Stolen Car 03:56 22/09/2003
Never Coming Home 04:58 22/09/2003
Dead Man's Rope 05:43 22/09/2003
Whenever I Say Your Name 05:25 22/09/2003
Send Your Love 04:38 22/09/2003
Sacred Love 05:43 22/09/2003
If I Ever Lose My Faith in You 04:31 20/11/2001
Roxanne 03:36 20/11/2001
Dienda 03:12 20/11/2001
When We Dance 04:52 20/11/2001
Don't Stand So Close to Me 02:15 20/11/2001
Fragile 04:10 17/01/2000
If You Love Somebody Set Them Free 04:27 17/01/2000
Desert Rose 03:55 17/01/2000
Fill Her Up 05:38 28/09/1999
Prelude to the End of the Game 00:20 28/09/1999
Tomorrow We’ll See 04:47 28/09/1999
Perfect Love... Gone Wrong 05:24 28/09/1999
After the Rain Has Fallen 05:03 28/09/1999
Big Lie, Small World 05:05 28/09/1999
A Thousand Years 05:57 28/09/1999
Brand New Day 06:19 28/09/1999
Ghost Story 05:29 28/09/1999
I Hung My Head 04:40 12/12/1996
Valparaiso 05:27 12/12/1996
The Hounds of Winter 05:27 12/12/1996
La Belle Dame Sans Regrets 05:17 12/12/1996
Twenty Five to Midnight 04:09 12/12/1996
All Four Seasons 04:28 12/12/1996
I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying 03:56 12/12/1996
You Still Touch Me 03:46 12/12/1996
I Was Brought to My Senses 05:48 12/12/1996
Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot 06:41 12/12/1996
This Cowboy Song 05:00 08/11/1994
Seven Days 04:40 09/03/1993
She's Too Good for Me 02:30 09/03/1993
Heavy Cloud No Rain 03:39 09/03/1993
Epilogue (Nothing 'Bout Me) 03:39 09/03/1993
Fields of Gold 03:42 09/03/1993
Something the Boy Said 05:13 09/03/1993
Love Is Stronger Than Justice 05:11 09/03/1993
Shape of My Heart 04:38 09/03/1993
Prologue 04:30 09/03/1993
Everybody Laughed But You 03:53 09/03/1993
It's Probably Me 04:57 09/03/1993
Saint Augustine in Hell 05:05 09/03/1993
A Day in the Life 04:06 1993
King of Pain 07:21 1993
Demolition Man 05:27 1993
Ain't No Sunshine 00:00 11/1991
The Wild Wild Sea 06:41 22/01/1991
Saint Agnes and the Burning Train 02:43 22/01/1991
Why Should I Cry for You 04:54 22/01/1991
Jeremiah Blues 04:46 22/01/1991
Mad About You 03:53 22/01/1991
All This Time 04:54 22/01/1991
Island of Souls 06:41 22/01/1991
When the Angels Fall 07:48 22/01/1991
The Soul Cages 05:52 22/01/1991
I Miss You Kate 03:48 01/1991
Ellas Danzan Solas 07:17 16/02/1988
Si Estamos Juntos 04:16 16/02/1988
Mariposa Libre 04:54 16/02/1988
Fragilidad 03:52 16/02/1988
They Dance Alone 06:48 01/10/1987
History Will Teach Us Nothing 05:07 01/10/1987
Englishman in New York 04:27 01/10/1987
Be Still My Beating Heart 05:34 01/10/1987
Little Wing 05:03 01/10/1987
The Lazarus Heart 04:35 01/10/1987
Sister Moon 03:57 01/10/1987
Rock Steady 04:28 01/10/1987
Straight to My Heart 03:54 01/10/1987
We'll Be Together 04:53 01/10/1987
Low Life 04:03 07/1986
Bring on the Night/When the World Is Running Down You Make the Best of What's Still Around 11:41 07/1986
Gabriel's Message 02:15 01/11/1985
Moon Over Bourbon Street 03:59 01/06/1985
The Dream of the Blue Turtles 01:15 01/06/1985
Consider Me Gone 04:21 01/06/1985
We Work the Black Seam 05:40 01/06/1985
Shadows in the Rain 04:56 01/06/1985
Children's Crusade 05:00 01/06/1985
Russians 03:57 01/06/1985
Fortress Around Your Heart 04:48 01/06/1985
Love is the Seventh Wave 03:30 01/06/1985

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