Sting is an English pop/rock singer-songwriter who was the lead vocalist for 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, 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.
In September 1981, Sting made his first live solo appearance, performing on all four nights of the fourth Amnesty International benefit The Secret Policeman's Other Ball. He performed solo versions of "Roxanne" and "Message in a Bottle". In 1982, he released a solo single, "Spread a Little Happiness" from the film version of the Dennis Potter television play Brimstone and Treacle.
His first solo album, 1985's The Dream of the Blue Turtles, included the hit singles "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free", "Fortress Around Your Heart", "Love Is the Seventh Wave", and "Russians". Within a year, the album reached Triple Platinum and would garner Sting a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.
Also in 1985, he sang the introduction and chorus to "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits. He performed this song with Dire Straits at the Live Aid Concert at Wembley Stadium. Prior to the Live Aid concert, Sting performed "Do They Know It's Christmas?" with Band Aid for the relief of poverty in Africa.
Sting released ...Nothing Like the Sun in 1987, including the hit songs "We'll Be Together", "Fragile", "Englishman in New York", and "Be Still My Beating Heart", dedicated to his mother, who had recently died. It eventually went Double Platinum. In February 1988, he released Nada como el sol, a selection of five songs sung in Spanish and Portuguese.
His 1991 album The Soul Cages was dedicated to his recently deceased father and included the Top 10 song "All This Time", which reached #5 on the U.S. Pop chart, and the Grammy-winning "The Soul Cages". The album eventually went platinum.
Sting appeared onTwo Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin, an album dedicated to the singer/songwriter duo. Sting performed "Come Down in Time", for the album which also features other popular artists and their renditions of John/Taupin Songs.
In 1993, he released the album Ten Summoner's Tales, which peaked at number two in the UK and US Album Charts, and went triple platinum in just over a year. Ten Summoner's Tales was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 1993 and nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1994. Hit singles on the album include "Fields of Gold" and "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You.", the latter earning Sting his second Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 36th Grammy Awards.
In May 1993, he released a cover of his own Police song from the Ghost in the Machine album, "Demolition Man", for the Demolition Man film. Together with Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart, Sting performed the chart-topping song "All for Love" for the film The Three Musketeers. The song stayed at the top of the U.S. charts for five weeks and went platinum and it is his only song from his post-Police career to top the U.S. charts. In February, he won two more Grammy Awards and was nominated for three more. In November, he released a greatest hits compilation called Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting, which eventually was certified double platinum. That same year, he was featured in a duet with Vanessa Williams on the song "Sister Moon," which appeared on her album The Sweetest Days. At the 1994 Brit Awards in London, Sting won the award for Best British Male.
His 1996 album, Mercury Falling debuted strongly with the single "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot". He reached the Top 40 with two singles the same year with "You Still Touch Me" and "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying".
"Moonlight", a rare jazz performance by Sting for the 1995 remake of Sabrina, was nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television. In September 1997, Sting performed "I'll Be Missing You" with Puff Daddy at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards in tribute of the Notorious B.I.G.. The Emperor's New Groove soundtrack was released with Sting's "My Funny Friend and Me".
Sting's September 1999 album Brand New Day included the Top 40 hits "Brand New Day" and "Desert Rose". The album went triple platinum by January 2001. In 2000, he won Grammy Awards for Brand New Day and the song of the same name. In February 2001, he won another Grammy Award for his rendition of "She Walks This Earth (Soberana Rosa)" on A Love Affair: The Music Of Ivan Lins. His song "After The Rain Has Fallen" made it into the Top 40.
His next project was to record a live album which was to be released as a CD and DVD, as well as being simulcast in its entirety on the internet. The concert, scheduled for September 11, 2001, was altered in various ways due to the terrorist attacks in America that day. The webcast was shut down after one song (a reworked version of "Fragile"), after which Sting let it be up to the audience whether or not to continue with the show. Eventually they decided to go through with the concert, and the resultant album and DVD was released in November under a different title, ...All This Time. Both are dedicated "to all those who lost their lives on that day".
In 2002, he won a Golden Globe Award for the song "Until..." from the film Kate and Leopold. In 2003, he released Sacred Love, a studio album featuring collaborations with hip-hop artist Mary J. Blige and sitar performer Anoushka Shankar. He and Blige won a Grammy for their duet, "Whenever I Say Your Name".
Sting appears as a guest on the 2005 Monkey Business CD by American hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas, adding vocals to the track "Union" which makes heavy use of samples from his Englishman in New York. Continuing with his involvement in Live Aid, he appeared at Live 8 in July 2005.
In October 2006, he released an album entitled Songs from the Labyrinth featuring the music of John Dowland. Sting’s musical interpretation of this English Renaissance composer brought him significant recognition in classical music circles.
In February 2007, Sting reunited with the other members of The Police as the introductory act for the 2007 Grammy Awards, singing "Roxanne", and subsequently announced The Police Reunion Tour. The Police toured for more than a year, beginning with North America and eventually crossing over to Europe, South America, Australia & New Zealand and Japan.
Sting's latest album, If on a Winter's Night..., was released in October 2009.