Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner was born on October 2, 1951, in Wallsend, Northumberland, England at Sir G.B. Hunter Memorial Hospital. His mother was named Audrey and she was a hairdresser and his father, Ernest Matthew Sumner, was a milkman and engineer. He is known by his stage name, Sting, and he is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. From 1977, Sting was the lead singer for the new-wave rock band, The Police. He started his solo career in 1985.
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner
October 2, 1951
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner was born on October 2, 1951, in Wallsend, Northumberland, England at Sir G.B. Hunter Memorial Hospital. He is known by his stage name, Sting, and he is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. From 1977, Sting was the lead singer for the new-age rock band, The Police. He started his solo career in 1985.
Sting joined Stewart Copeland and Henry Padovani in forming The Police in 1977. The band was together from 1977 to 1983 and during that time they wrote and released five chart-topping albums in the U.K. They also won six Grammy Awards and won two Brit Awards. The band’s most successful song to date is ‘Every Breath You Take’ which was written by Sting. It featured on The Police’s final album “Synchronicity” and the album was nominated for five Grammy Awards in 1983, including the award for Album of the Year. Sting’s first solo album debuted in 1985 and was titled “The Dream of the Blue Turtles.” The album featured several jazz singers, including Kenny Kirkland, Darryl Jones, Omar Hakim, and Branford Marsalis. In 1991, Sting released the album “The Soul Cages” which had a Grammy-winning title track ‘All This Time,’ and it also went platinum.
Sting won a Golden Globe in 2002 for his song ‘Until…’ which was featured in the film “Kate & Leopold.” The song earned Sting his second Academy Award for Best Song. In 2016, he released the album “57th & 9th” which was his first rock album in years. In 2021, he released a compilation album called “Duets.” He released album number 15, titled “The Bridge,” in 2021.
Sting joins the new-wave rock band, The Police.
Sting releases his first solo album titled “The Dream of the Blue Turtles.”
Sting’s album “The Solo Cages” goes platinum.
Sting wins a Golden Globe.
Sting releases his latest album, “The Bridge.”
Why We Love Sting
His love for his parents
Sting wrote songs dedicated to both his mother and father at the time of their deaths. His song ‘Be Still My Beating Heart’ was dedicated to his mother who had passed shortly before its release in 1987, and his album “The Soul Cages” was dedicated to his father in 1991.
We love his charity work
Sting has always been a supporter of charities and human rights activists and his involvement in human rights began in 1981. Since then, he has performed at and helped raise money for various charities around the world.
His contribution to music
In 2002, Sting received the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Music at the Brit Awards. And for good reason. With a total of 15 albums and an involvement in the music industry for the last 45 years, Sting is one of the most influential musicians in the world.
5 Surprising Facts
When he was young, Sting saw the Queen Mother in person and she waved at him, and this heavily inspired him in his career.
His first guitar
Sting became obsessed with an old Spanish guitar left by a friend of his father.
His best-known song
Sting is perhaps best known for his popular song, ‘Every Breath You Take.’
Why he left his band
There was no bad blood between Sting and his band members, and he simply felt that he had accomplished all that he could with the band.
He opposed Brexit
Sting publicly opposed the political and economic movement known as Brexit.
Why is Sting called Sting?
He often wore a black and yellow striped sweater while performing, resembling a bee.
Where is Sting now?
He is coming out of retirement and he signed with A.E.W. in 2020.
What is Sting's diet?
Sting says he eats lots of grains and vegetables, and he tries to avoid processed foods that contain preservatives, as well as reducing the consumption of meat, dairy, and sugar.
Sting’s birthday dates