Composer, singer, author, actor, activist—Sting was the lead singer and bassist for the multi-Grammy Award winning band, The Police, before embarking on a prolific solo career spanning more than two decades. This fall, the 16-time Grammy® winner will release The Last Ship, a new album inspired by the story of his Broadway-bound play of the same name.
The album—his first of original material since 2003—draws upon Sting’s childhood memories from the shipbuilding town in which he was born and raised. Sting recently told Rolling Stone, “I wanted the music to reflect the traditional music of the northeast of England where I grew up, as well as tipping my hat to the great music of the theatrical tradition – Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Brecht and Weill.” Sting discusses his new project and its inspirations with Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis. For more information, please visit www.sting.com.
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Composer, singer, actor, author and activist – Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five studio albums, earned six Grammy Awards and two Brits, and in 2003 was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Since 1985, Sting has evolved into one of the world’s most distinctive solo artists. His fourteenth album, entitled The Last Ship, available this fall, is inspired by his forthcoming play of the same name, drawing upon his childhood memories of the shipbuilding community of Wallsend in the North East of England where he was born and raised.
The play will be staged on Broadway in 2014, with music and lyrics by Sting and book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey. Directed by Joe Mantello and produced by Jeffrey Seller and Kathryn Schenker, The Last Ship is set against the demise of the local Wallsend shipbuilding industry and tells the story of a group of unemployed shipyard workers who are inspired to take back their shipyard and build one last ship – not for their former employer, not for the government, but for their own pride and humanity.
To commemorate his 25th anniversary as a solo musician, 25 Years, the definitive box set collection was released, along with Sting 25, the free iPad app, awarded the prestigious Cannes Lion for Best Design/Aesthetic at the International Festival of Creativity, which features exclusive all-star performances from his 60th birthday benefit concert, plus rare interviews and photos spanning his enduring career.
As a solo artist, Sting has collected an additional 10 Grammys, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year.
He has appeared in more than 15 films, Executive Produced the critically acclaimed A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, and in 1989 starred in The Threepenny Opera on Broadway.
Also an accomplished author, Sting published a memoir entitled Broken Music in 2003, which spent 13 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list. He most recently released Lyrics, a comprehensive collection of lyrics, photos and personal commentary.
Sting’s support for human rights organizations such as the Rainforest Fund, Amnesty International and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach. Along with wife Trudie Styler, Sting founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 to protect both the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people living there. Together they have held 16 benefit concerts to raise funds and awareness for our planet’s endangered resources. Since its inception, the Rainforest Fund has expanded to a network of interconnected organizations working in more than 20 countries over 3 continents.
Moderator Anthony DeCurtis is the co-author of The New York Times bestseller Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of My Life, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and a Distinguished Lecturer in the creative writing program at the University of Pennsylvania.