Sting will be releasing his first collection of duets later this year. On Friday (September 25th) the Police co-founder appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon to perform virtually with Gashi for the pair's new single, “Mama” and let the cat out of the bag about the upcoming collection: “Over the years, y'know, I’ve recorded many, many duets with some amazing people — Herbie Hancock. . . Eric Clapton. . . And so we just put them all together and said, 'Y'know, we should put this out.' And we've done a few new ones this year, y'know, with Melody Gardot and Gashi, and they sound pretty good. So, it's gonna be a Christmas surprise.”
There's been no release date or title announced for the upcoming set.
It's been four years since Sting's last album of all-new material, 2016's 57th & 9th. Fallon asked Sting about his current creative process during lockdown: “Well, I've been zooming a lot and people, y'know, want your old songs. I've been thinking about what I might want to record eventually, but I feel a little paralyzed at the moment. The state of the, the world is serious and I, I need to say something useful. I need to say something that means something, and not just make a noise, so, I'm thinking a lot.”
AUDIO: STING ON HIS FIRST SET OF POST-COVID SONGS
AUDIO: STING ON HIS FIRST DUETS COLLECTION