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Anastacia Newkirk was born on September 17, 1973 in New York City. She was raised in Chicago by her mother until the age of 14 when her parents divorced and she moved back to the west side of Manhattan with her mother. She graduated from the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan where she says that she was the only child not working in the entertainment industry already.
Anastacia, and her older sister, became a regular at club 1018, a dance club in Manhattan. This is where she got her start. The club owner noticed her dancing and asked her if she could sing also. The club owner got Anastacia a manager. She appeared on the short-lived MTV television show The Cut . She won many times but at the end, did not win and was just a finalist. Ironically, her and fellow non-winner T-bone, who is a Christian rapper, were the most successful people from the show.
The finalist position on The Cut brought attention from many major record labels and many well-known musicians such as Michael Jackson. She became an acquaintance of Michael Jackson and he helped her into the business. Michael Jackson’s help got Anastacia a record deal. In July of 1999,Anastacia signed with Epic/Daylight records.
Her first album, Not That Kind, was released in June of 2000. It became a massive success around the globe. The first single from the album was I’m outta love, which became the biggest selling single in Europe in the year 2000. Not that kind sold over 5 million albums worldwide . Anastacia became a household name in Europe, Asia, and Australia. However, Anastacia was much more successful abroad than in her homeland of the United States, where Not That Kind sold only just under 200,000 copies.
Anastacia’s follow-up to Not That Kind was released in January of 2002. It was titled “Freak of Nature”. Freak of Nature was a also a mega success which sold over 5 million copies worldwide. It produced the number 1 hits “Paid My dues”, which remained number 1 in Germany for 14 weeks, “One Day in Your Life”, the title track ,“Freak of Nature”, “Why’d You Lie to Me”, and “You’ll Never be Alone”. It has been certified multi-platinum in over 25 countries worldwide. Anastacia says she called the album “Freak of Nature” because all of her favorite artists have always been “freaks”, or non-conformists. Also, Anastacia has an extremely soulful voice which is rare to find in a white woman. Many first-time listeners are shocked when they find out the voice they hear is coming from Anastacia, who is 5’ 2”, blonde haired, and a white American woman.
In January of 2003, Anastacia was diagnosed with breast cancer. From the beginning, she promised herself that the cancer wouldn’t stop her career. She went through with that promise by recording a song titled “Love is not a Crime” for the “Chicago” soundtrack. Anastacia was suffering from insomnia and was extremely ill from the cancer and radiation treatments. She had surgery to remove the cancer form her breast in March of 2003.
In September of 2003, Anastacia entered the recording studio with TLC producer Glen Ballard to write and record her third album, which was self-titled Anastacia. This album tells of her struggles with cancer and life in general, but it also has many ’happy’ tracks such as “Sexy Single” and “Seasons Change”. “Heavy on my Heart” is a song about Anastacia’s cancer and what she felt like during the time she had it. She stole the show at the 2004 Echo Awards in Germany when she performed it.
The first single from Anastacia is Left Outside Alone. It was released to radio outside North America on March 15, 2004. Anastacia was released outside North America on March 29, 2004. It has been number one in sales in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Beligum, France, Australia, and New Zealand since it was realeased in March. “Left Outside Alone” was number one on the billboard charts for 5 weeks and is currently still in the top 10. Anastacia will be released in the US on June 8th, 2004.
Heavy Rotation is the fourth studio album, it was released on October 24 through October 28, 2008 in Europe and on October 27, 2008 in Australia, Asia and New Zealand, with the rest of the world to follow in 2009. It was her first studio album in over four years. The album was ranked at #10 by Billboard magazine's online "Readers' Poll: 10 Best Albums of 2008".
In December 2009 Anastacia teamed uo with UK singer sensation Lulu and the lendendary Chaka Khan for an UK tour named Here Come The Girls, providing songs from all over the musical map. In December 2010 she did a similar tour, this time Heather Small replacing Chaka Khan. The setlist partly changed, but the concept remained the same: a fabulous girls night out.
January 2011 Anastacia did another collaborating project. She took the stage in Antwerp, Belgium, with Flemish singer Natalia for a series of 6 concerts, Natalia Meets Anastacia. They released Burning Star as a promotional single.
Anastacia is currently working on her next album, which is supposed to get back to her "Anastacia" sound, self-named sprock (soul-pop-rock)