Born in 1951, Sting has become one of the most appreciated singers and songwriters in the world. Some of the musical genres he has experimented with include classical, new-age, jazz, rock, and even reggae. If you too love his music and have been inspired by his meaningful lyrics, perhaps you would like to know more interesting facts about Sting.
A fruitful career
The singer started his career in 1977 with the new wave rock band called The Police. He left the group in 1985 to launch his solo career and has been very successful ever since.
He released no fewer than 18 music albums, out of which six with his former band, The Police. His first solo album hit the market in 1985 and was entitled “The Dream of the Blue Turtles.” He released his last solo album so far in 2016 but also has a fruitful collaboration with reggae artist Shaggy. Both joined forces for the album “44/876”.
Throughout his career, Sting received numerous distinctions and awards, including 16 Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, an Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe.
He was also nominated four times for the Academy Awards for Best Original Song. His impressive career also helped him secure a place on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000.
Activism and philanthropy
Gordon Matthew Thomas Summer, also known as Sting, is very active in the social life as well. He is a well-known humanitarian and supports numerous causes. He has been actively involved in human rights since 1981 when Martin Lewis included the singer in the fourth Amnesty International Gala.
Alongside his wife Trudie Styler, he founded the Rainforest Foundation Fund, a nonprofit organization that aims to look after the few rainforests left and protect indigenous tribes and their cultural heritage.
Strong political views
The singer and songwriter is known for his strong political opinions which he usually states through the lyrics of his songs. He was an avid critic of the communist regime and totalitarian regimes practiced by several world leaders.
Released in November 1985, the single “Russians” remains, perhaps, his most powerful political declaration against the Cold War and the endless dispute between the European Communist Bloc and the United States of America.
The song speaks about the destructive foreign policies of both the West and the East, stating that both powers should find a way to coexist before another nuclear catastrophe hence the lyric “Russians love their children too.”
Another powerful song that speaks about the dictatorship of Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile is “They Dance Alone,” released back in 1988.
If you ever wondered how come Sting manages to be so full of life and look amazing at almost 67 years old, the secret is a balanced lifestyle. He practices yoga as an integrated part of a healthy life and refuses the consumption of processed foods or those of animal origins.