Composer, singer, actor, activist - Sting has won universal acclaim in all these roles, but he defies easy labeling. He's best described as an adventurer, a risk-taker. As he himself said, "I love to put myself in new situations. I'm not afraid to be a beginner." Husband and father of six, masterful guitarist and bassist, and also a devoted Yoga practitioner, he's made a career, in fact, of new beginnings.
A milkman's son from Newcastle, England, Sting was a teacher, soccer coach and ditch digger before turning to music. Inspired equally by jazz and the Beatles (eclectic tastes that would prove prophetic), he met Stewart Copeland and they, along with guitarist Andy Summers, formed the Police in 1977. The band quickly became a success both in the UK and U.S. scoring several No. 1 hits including "Roxanne," "Every Breath You Take," "King of Pain," and "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic." They earned five Grammy Awards and two Brits, and in 2003 the band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The trio's live work forecast the astonishing inventiveness and range of influences that Sting would realize fully in his solo career.
With the release of Dream of the Blue Turtles in 1985, followed by Bring On The Night, Nothing Like The Sun, The Soul Cages, Ten Summoner's Tales, Mercury Falling, Brand New Day and All This Time, Sting has evolved into one of the world's most distinctive and highly respected performers, collecting as a solo performer an additional 11 Grammys, 2 Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, Billboard Magazine's Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year.
He has remained at the forefront of the public consciousness for 4 decades and has written some of the most enduring songs of our time, a talent perfectly showcased by his last record Sacred Love, released to both critical and commercial success. Most recently, Sting ventured into “new” musical territory with an album featuring the music of acclaimed Elizabethan songwriter, John Dowland (1563–1626) entitled Songs From the Labyrinth – which debuted at the top of the classical charts in the US, UK, France, Canada & Germany. He has also appeared in 15 films, Executive Produced the critically acclaimed, “A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints,” and in 1989 starred in a Broadway play the "Threepenny Opera".
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. Most recently, he released “Lyrics”- a comprehensive collection of lyrics and personal commentary, also featuring photographs from throughout his career.
Sting's support for human rights organization like the Rainforest Foundation, Amnesty International, and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach. Along with wife Trudie Styler, Sting founded the Rainforest Foundation in 1989 to protect both the world's rain forests and the indigenous peoples who live there. Together, they have raised more than $25 million dollars with their 15 benefit concerts to raise funds and awareness of our planet's endangered resources. Since its inception, the Rainforest Foundation has expanded to a network of interconnected organisations working in 23 countries around the globe
WYCLEF JEAN'S BIOGRAPHY
Lead Fugees rapper Wyclef Jean was the first member of his group to embark on a solo career, and he proved even more ambitious and eclectic on his own.
Wyclef also became hip-hop's unofficial multicultural conscience; a seemingly omnipresent activist, he assembled or participated in numerous high-profile charity benefit shows for a variety of causes, including aid for his native Haiti. The utopian one-world sensibility that fueled Wyclef's political consciousness also informed his recordings, which fused hip-hop with as many different styles of music as he could get his hands on. In addition to his niche as hip-hop's foremost global citizen, Clef is also a noted producer and remixer who has worked with an impressive array of pop, R&B, and hip-hop talent.
With a formidable new album, "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant," on the way, the Haitian-born Grammy Award-winning musician/rapper/producer/social activist, Wyclef Jean is entering an important new phase of his career. "In the past few years many things have happened that have effected who I am," says Wyclef. "The unexpected passing of my father brought great spiritual reflection on what matters in life. God's gift of my daughter reminded me of how love is the greatest way to heal. I have traveled the world, seen the issues in my native land, and worked with some of the most important recording artists artistically. This has given me a second wind, so to speak. Inspiration."
"Leslie Feist" is a Canadian singer who performs under the name Feist. She was born in Amherst, N.S., and grew up in Calgary. She soared to international acclaim with her most recent album, The Reminder, which sold more than a million copies worldwide and earned four Grammy nominations. She won five Juno Awards in 2008, including Single of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year.
Michael Bublé is a Canadian singer and entertainer. Inspiration for interpreting the great sounds of The Mills Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra amongst others came from his Grandfather. In the early days, his Grandfather secured him gigs in smoky bars, hotel lounges in exchange for plumbing services. He won the Canadian Youth Talent Search, released several independent albums, and performed in a musical review titled Swing that traveled across the U.S.
Bublé was signed to Reprise Records through Grammy-winning producer David Foster. By the time Foster met him in 2000, Bublé already knew exactly what he brought to the table — a warm, engaging voice and unassailable taste in music. His debut album was an international smash, going Top Ten in the U.K. and Canada, and earning him his first Juno award for Best New Talent in 2004. The follow-up, It’s Time, sold more than 5.5 million copies, and has remained on the Billboard Traditional Jazz charts for a staggering two years, and in the Number 1 slot for more than 80 weeks, an all-time record, also earned him 4 Juno Award wins in 2006, as well the self-penned #1 radio smash HOME.
His third album Call Me Irresponsible, reached #1 on the Billboard Top 200, garnered him his first Grammy win for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. His collective sales to date exceed 13 Million records worldwide.
But along with his passion for creating great music in the studio, performing on stage is pure paradise for Michael Bublé. “I just love getting in front of people,” he says. “It’s so important to be in touch with your audience. They’ve paid their money. I want them to be entertained. If they want to cry or laugh or dance or sing or yell, they can do whatever they want. My responsibility is just to take them away.”