Sting feels like he's gotten back to his reggae roots working with Shaggy on their album 44/876.
He says that when The Police started more than 40 years ago he wanted to pay homage to the reggae music he loved with their songs. He says that it's a love that started when Bob Marley came to tour England in the mid-'70s. Sting says Marley changed the way he thought about music. He explains, "He turned rock music on its head. The importance of the bass, and as a bass player that was hugely influential to me. The way the drums are played is completely different. And then Marley's philosophy -- his spiritual message, his political message was very powerful."
Sting says, "I love reggae music. I was brought up in England in the 50s and 60s and we had a very influential West Indian community, so I grew up with calypso, ska music, blue beat. And then when Bob Marley came to England it was totally revolutionary for me. So now I'm working with an authentic dancehall reggae artist in Shaggy and I feel it's a very natural home for me."
44/876 is due out April 20th.
The two are scheduled to appear on Live with Kelly and Ryan on April 24th and The View on April 25th. They'll also do Bravo's Watch What Happens Live and ABC’s Nightline on dates still to be announced.