Sting backs North East young musicians' new song released by Newcastle College...

March 18, 2014

Music megastar Sting has taken to social media to promote a single featuring hundreds of North children.

A song featuring hundreds of North schoolchildren has won the support of international music megastar Sting.

The Tyneside-born musician has been putting his promotional clout behind the single, Border to the River, before the song's release by Newcastle College's record label, Push Puzzle Records, tomorrow.

The song features the voices and instruments of children from across Newcastle and The Northumbrian Ranters.

Sting was born in Wallsend, as Gordon Matthew Sumner in 1951. His mum Audrey was a hairdresser and dad Ernest was a milkman. He became interested in playing music during his teens, practising at the Buddle Arts Centre and recording at the Impulse Sound Studios in Wallsend. And he has never forgotten his roots and realises the importance of youngsters being given opportunities in the music business.

He is now lending his support to the Music Partnership North between Newcastle and Northumberland music services, Newcastle College and Sage Gateshead.

Sting, who has been Tweeting about the single's upcoming release, said: "From the first moment I picked up a guitar as a young boy in Wallsend, music has been the most important part of my life. Music Partnership North will give children across the North East the chance to discover a lifelong love of music. The region has a great creative atmosphere and legacy and as this song demonstrates, music is very much alive and an important part of people's lives."

The song will also be played before Newcastle's game against Crystal Palace next Saturday. It will be available to download from tomorrow through digital music retailers, such as iTunes, Amazon, Google and Spotify.

All revenue generated will go to Music Partnership North to promote music making through similar projects in the region's schools.

(c) Evening Chronicle by Ruth Lognonne
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Yes - yes - yes A full orbit you have completed. Arcs of sound are mighty from children. Revel, as do all, to whom this grace is "beknownst"...
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Mar 16, 2014
It doesn't seem like a union that would work. Paul Simon, the introspective singer-songwriter known for pop classics from "The Sound of Silence" to "Graceland," trading harmonies with Sting, MTV-friendly frontman of the Police known for rafter-rattling vocals and jazz-tinged world music. On Sunday at Amway Center, the duo even looked like an odd couple: The diminutive, balding Simon next to the lanky rock star with the angular features. Musically, however, the concept was inspired. For a spirited, skillfully executed 2-1/2 hours, the two men showed the potential of artful sharing, unveiling nuances in familiar hits, nudging material into new directions and mingling resources of two bands loaded with top-notch musicians...
Mar 16, 2014
Even the T-shirts at the memorabilia counter reflect the respect Sting and Paul Simon have for each other. One shirt reads "Paul Simon and Sting, On Stage Together." A second flips the billing, with "Sting and Paul Simon, On Stage Together." This is a clear musical bro-mance, sparked by a concert in New York last May with the two Central Park West. Then followed their grand idea - "let's tour together!" - and that tour stopped at the BB&T Center Sunrise Saturday night. OK, we get it. Sting will be his bodyguard, Simon will be his long-lost pal. The pairing also a.) pools their audiences and b.) puts them in a large arena, under the name of traveling down the same musical path. Hey, business is business. They're not here to be cartoons in a cartoon graveyard...