On Today’s Backstage Pass: the always evolving superstar known as Sting. He first hit the charts in the late 1970s as a member of The Police. But in 1984 he went solo and became a force of one. Now the Grammy winning artist is in his third decade of making music.
He's constantly pushing the boundaries of pop/rock. Sting has been cranking out the hits by incorporating jazz, classical and world beat into his unique brand of music.
Sting says, “This is what I do. I surround myself with enthusiastic people with talent who inspire me.”
He adds, “I always ask myself before a project, ‘do I have anything coherent to say, have I picked up any information, can I demonstrate that it’s worth listening to?’”
With his current album, “Sacred Love,” the singer/songwriter says his inspiration came from events that changed the world two years ago.
Since then, the tragedies surrounding that day and since have had a profound effect on Sting and his music. But rather than writing specifically about that experience, Sting uses his writing and music to explore the human spirit, and compare the struggles of individuals with the larger events affecting our social and political worlds. According to Sting, “There’s something happening in the human spirit, and we’re all connected to it, whether you’re American or British or from the Islamic world. We’re connected to some energy in the world, and we need to sort out what it is.”
his album is described as “looking to the future with awe and to the past with care”... with themes of love, war, faith, and betrayal and redemption.
“This record was created in the wake of September the 11th 2001 and was finished during the build-up to the Iraq war.”
And the message in the music couldn’t be any clearer.
“We don’t treat each other properly,” he says. “We don’t speak to each other properly — that’s what it’s about.”
Next week the Englishman will perform a free concert in Chicago’s Grant Park but not before he plays in our little corner of New York on TODAY.
Sting says, “I can’t imagine another kind of work.”