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10 Things You Need to Know About Sting

Posted : 06-Feb-2015

Sting was born Gordon Matthew Sumner in 1951. A singer song-writer with a passion for human rights and the environment, and using his musical talent to help improve the lives of others. 

Coming to the Hunter Valley on Saturday the 14th February 2015 and singing in concert with Paul Simon

  1. Sting gained his nickname after wearing a black and yellow striped sweater. Whilst wearing it he was told he looked like a bee.
  2. Sting has 6 children, 2 by a previous marriage, 4 to current wife of 22 years, Trudie Styler
  3. Sting went solo in 1984 after singing with one of the world’s greatest bands, Police, from 1977 to 1983
  4. Branford Marsalis, brilliant  American saxophonist, joined Sting on his first project in 1985 
  5. Sting established, along with his wife Trudie Styler, The Rainforest Foundation in 1987, to help protect the environment and indigenous peoples.
  6. In 1988 he joined Peter Gabriel, Youssou N’Dour and Bruce Springsteen in a tour called 'Human Rights Now'
  7. Many of his songs are about human rights, they include the beautiful 'Fragile' and 'They Dance Alone'
  8. In February 2005 he performed at the Leeuwin Estate in WA raising over $4 million for the Indian Ocean earthquake and sunami relief effort. A scheduled concert had to be cancelled in Sri Lanka due to the disaster.
  9. Sting was to record his first live album in 15 years on September 11 2001. The concert was to be Webcast, however Sting and his band only broadcast one song, Fragile, in a tribute to the victims and their families of the terrorist attack, on that day, in America.
  10. In August 2014 Sting was signatory to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish Independence


Click here to listen to one of the most beautiful versions of Fragile. Sting is accompanied by Yo Yo Ma, Dominic Miller and Chris Botti.