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Full NameGordon Matthew Thomas Sumner
Date of BirthOctober 2, 1951
Place of BirthWallsend, England
OccupationsMusician, singer, songwriter, actor, activist
Years Active1969–present
SpousesFrances Tomelty (m. 1976; div. 1984), Trudie Styler (m. 1992)
Children6 (including Joe, Mickey, and Eliot)
Net Worth$550 million
GenresRock, pop, new wave, post-punk, ska, reggae, jazz, world, soft rock
InstrumentsVocals, bass guitar, guitar, double bass, keyboards
LabelsA&M, Deutsche Grammophon, Universal, Cherrytree, Interscope, Polydor
Awards17 Grammy Awards, 3 Brit Awards, Golden Globe, Emmy, 4 nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement, induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Police), star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, CBE from Elizabeth II, Kennedy Center Honoree, Polar Music Prize, Ivor Novello Fellow
Notable Collaborations“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, “Desert Rose” with Cheb Mami
Best-Selling RecordsSolo and with the Police combined, sold over 100 million records
Notable AlbumsSolo: “The Dream of the Blue Turtles” (1985), “Nothing Like the Sun” (1987), “The Soul Cages” (1991), “Ten Summoner’s Tales” (1993), “Brand New Day” (1999), “Sacred Love” (2003), “57th & 9th” (2016). With the Police: “Outlandos d’Amour” (1978), “Reggatta de Blanc” (1979), “Zenyatta Mondatta” (1980), “Ghost in the Machine” (1981), “Synchronicity” (1983)
Notable SinglesWith the Police: “Roxanne”, “Message in a Bottle”, “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”, “Every Breath You Take”. Solo: “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free”, “Fields of Gold”, “Shape of My Heart”, “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You”, “All This Time”, “Desert Rose”, “Brand New Day”
Collaborative Album“44/876” (2018) – Collaboration with Shaggy
HonorsInducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Police), received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, awarded a CBE from Elizabeth II, made a Kennedy Center Honoree, awarded the Polar Music Prize, named an Ivor Novello Fellow

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