Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE, (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) known as Sting, is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band called the Police from 1977 to 1985, and launched a solo career in 1986.
Sting has included elements of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age and worldbeat in his music. As a solo musician and a member of the Police, he has received 16 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year for ”Every Breath You Take”, three Brit Awards, including Best British Male in 1994 and Outstanding Contribution in 2002, a Golden Globe, an Emmy and four nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In 2002, he received the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Police in 2003. In 2000, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording. In 2003, Sting received a CBE from Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for services to music. He was made a Kennedy Center Honoree at the White House in 2014, and was awarded the Polar Music Prize in 2017.
With the Police, Sting became one of the world's best-selling music artists. Solo and with the Police combined, he has sold over 100 million records. In 2006, Paste ranked him 62nd of the 100 best living songwriters. He was 63rd of VH1's 100 greatest artists of rock, and 80th of Q magazine's 100 greatest musical stars of the 20th century. He has collaborated with other musicians, including "Money for Nothing" with Dire Straits, "Rise & Fall" with Craig David, "All for Love," with Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart, "You Will Be My Ain True Love" with Alison Krauss, and introduced the North African music genre raï to Western audiences through his international hit "Desert Rose" with Cheb Mami.
In 2018 he released the album 44/876, a collaboration with Jamaican musician Shaggy. The album's title refers to the country calling code for the United Kingdom (+44) and the North American area code for Jamaica (876)
The Sting & Shaggy show at the Santa Barbara Bowl was postponed due to Sting being under the weather, and advised not to perform by his doctor. It was rescheduled for Oct. 29. That made it the last show of the season for the Bowl. As with every year, the last show can be a solemn time, knowing that we will have to wait till next year for some live music in one of the most beautiful outdoor venues in the country.
Sting & Shaggy delivered a great show with some of Sting classics and the incorporation of Shaggy Jamaican style music, made an interesting mix of rock and reggae. Each performer had their time on stage to shine.
Thank you Santa Barbara Bowl for some great music, see you next year.
Sting / Shaggy Setlist:
Englishman in New York
Morning Is Coming
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
(The Police cover)
Oh Carolina / We'll Be Together
If You Can't Find Love
Love Is the Seventh Wave
To Love and Be Loved
Message in a Bottle
(The Police cover)
Fields of Gold
Waiting for the Break of Day
Gotta Get Back My Baby
If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
Don't Make Me Wait
Dreaming in the U.S.A.
Shape of My Heart
(Sting cover) (With snippet of “Lucid Dreams” by JuiceWrld)
Walking on the Moon
(The Police cover) (With snippet of “Get Up,… more )
So Lonely / Strength of a Woman
Habibi (I Need Your Love)
Roxanne / Boombastic
It Wasn't Me
Every Breath You Take
(The Police cover) (Joined by Joe Sumner)
(Harry Belafonte cover)