Joe Sumner’s Album Release Show Featuring Father Sting
In an electrifying turn of events, Joe Sumner is set to open for his father, Sting, at the iconic Hollywood Bowl just one day after the release of his debut solo album, “Sunshine in the Night.” The father-son duo has been sharing the stage throughout the summer tour and is now embarking on a fall trek that leads them to one of L.A.’s most legendary venues.
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A Night of Duets and Musical Mastery
Audiences attending these performances are in for a special treat as Joe joins his father onstage each night for unforgettable duets. “Sunshine in the Night” is already creating waves, featuring a captivating blend of chamber pop ditties and synth-laden power-ballads, making it a must-listen.
Sting’s Greatest Hits Tour
While Sting’s last solo album, “The Bridge,” was released in 2021, this tour is a celebration of his illustrious career. Aptly named the “My Songs” tour, it encompasses hits spanning his remarkable journey with The Police and his solo endeavors. Joe Sumner’s set, on the other hand, is a testament to his unique artistic path, residing in Los Angeles with his family and channeling his own creative muses.
A Candid Conversation with Joe and Sting
In a candid conversation with Variety via Zoom from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas, Joe Sumner, 46, and Sting, 71, shared insights into their musical journeys and the unique dynamics of their father-son partnership.
An Album Delay Turned Creative Opportunity
Joe Sumner’s debut solo album faced pandemic-related delays, but he used the time wisely. Originally conceived as an acoustic guitar and voice project, the album evolved significantly during the delay, incorporating a wide range of instruments, including strings, drums, flutes, and synthesizers. Joe’s willingness to experiment led to a more complex and rich musical experience.
Solo vs. Band Career
Having previously fronted the band Fiction Plane, Joe Sumner discussed the differences between making a solo album and being part of a band. He highlighted the freedom and responsibility that come with being a solo artist, emphasizing that he makes all the decisions and takes all the credit or blame for his work.
Sting’s Perspective on Solo vs. Band Endeavors
Sting, who has released 15 solo albums, shared his perspective on the distinction between solo work and collaborations. He explained that even in solo projects, artists still collaborate with musicians and bands, but the key difference lies in the autonomy and decision-making power of the solo artist. He humorously noted that bands often have a semblance of democracy but ultimately revolve around the songwriter and singer.
A Lifelong Exposure to Music
Joe Sumner’s exposure to music began at a very young age, with his father’s music always present in his life. Sting fondly recalled Joe attending rehearsals as a baby, propped up by the bass drum. For Joe, music was always a part of his world, and he emphasized that he didn’t feel like he had accomplished anything unless he had performed on stage.
The Evolution of Performing Together
Discussing their journey of performing together, Sting and Joe revealed that it started early, with Joe’s band occasionally opening for Sting’s concerts. While Joe initially tried to downplay their connection in his career, he eventually embraced the opportunity to perform with his father. Sting added that he wouldn’t have allowed it if Joe weren’t genuinely talented.
The Unique Bond of Harmonizing
When asked about performing together on stage and harmonizing their voices, both Sting and Joe described it as a natural and bonding experience. They shared that the act of singing together, whether harmonizing or even just yelling together, creates a unique connection and a sense of joy, similar to the camaraderie found among sports fans singing in unison.
Sting’s Endless Curiosity in Music
With a musical career spanning over five decades, Sting was asked about his ongoing musical curiosity. He emphasized that he is perpetually driven by a desire to learn more about music and remain open to surprises. Sting revealed that the essence of music, for him, is the element of surprise, and he constantly seeks novelty and inspiration in his musical journey.
Joe’s Future Plans and Collaborations
Joe Sumner hinted at his future plans, mentioning that he already has another album’s worth of songs ready to go. He expressed a keen interest in scoring for television and film, signaling a shift in his career. After the tour concludes, he plans to strike out on his own artistic journey, leaving the possibility of a Sting and Son album as a distant but intriguing prospect.
As the father and son duo continue to captivate audiences with their music and shared performances, one thing is clear: their deep connection, both as family and as musicians, is a testament to the enduring power of music and the unique journey that each artist embarks upon.