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  • Upon Reflection

  • Words + Music, Vol. 12
  • By: Sting
  • Narrated by: Sting
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (4,880 ratings)

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Upon Reflection

By: Sting
Narrated by: Sting
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Publisher's summary

Before he was nicknamed “Sting” by the leader of a local show band in northeast England, Gordon Sumner knew he was meant for more than his working-class background promised. He just didn’t know how to get there. In Upon Reflection, hear the singular talent trace his unlikely rise from his days as a young husband and father working as a local schoolteacher, to risking everything on a fateful move to London, and joining an aspiring punk band called The Police.

The worldwide success of The Police was only the beginning of Sting’s four decades of glory, disappointment, accomplishment, and unexpected good fortune. Featuring new recordings of “Roxanne”, “Message in a Bottle”, “Fields of Gold”, and other classics, Upon Reflection finds the iconic artist revealing his fascinating journey in intimate detail. Hear how a provincial boy determined to make his artistic mark, found his way, and changed our musical landscape.

©2021 Sting (P)2021 Audible Originals LLC

About the Creator and Performer

Composer, singer-songwriter, 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 Grammys and two Brits, and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
As one of the world’s most distinctive solo artists, Sting has received an additional 11 Grammys, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, four Oscar nominations, a Tony nomination, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year. In 2003, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his myriad contributions to music. Also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he has received the Kennedy Center Honors, The American Music Award of Merit, and The Polar Music Prize.
Throughout his illustrious career, Sting has sold 100 million albums from his combined work with The Police and as a solo artist. His most recent release, Duets, compiles some of his most celebrated collaborations from throughout his illustrious career, and will be followed by a Las Vegas residency, entitled My Songs, set to open in 2021 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Sting’s support for human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach. Along with wife Trudie Styler, Sting founded the Rainforest Foundation Fund in 1989 to protect both the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people living there.

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