Anastacia Lyn Newkirk (born September 17, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois), better known mononymously as Anastacia, is an American singer-songwriter. Anastacia has been highly successful around the world outside the United States.
Anastacia started her career in 1983 as a dancer for hire and made regular appearances from 1985 until 1992 on MTV's Club MTV. In 1990, she started her musical career as a backing vocalist appearing on albums by Jamie Foxx and Paula Abdul. Her debut album, Not That Kind, released in 2000 was an international commercial success, most notably in Europe as well as Australia, where the lead single "I'm Outta Love" became the biggest selling song of the year.
Critically acclaimed by both Elton John and Michael Jackson, the singer was awarded the 'World's Best-Selling New Female Pop Artist' in 2001. Her commercial success continued with 2001's Freak of Nature, which reached #1 in eight countries and included the international chart topper "Paid My Dues". After successfully recovering from cancer she returned with 2004's Anastacia which peaked at #1 in 11 countries, became the second biggest selling album of the year in Europe and produced the critically acclaimed "Left Outside Alone" that remained at No. 1 on the European Billboard chart for 15 weeks.
In 2005, the multi-platinum compilation project Pieces of a Dream was released which spawned Anastacia's chart topping duet with Eros Ramazzotti, "I Belong to You (Il Ritmo della Passione)" and the #1 song Pieces of a Dream. The singer would go on to become one of the top selling international female pop-singers of the 2000s before taking a hiatus in late 2006.
Overall, Anastacia has been recognized for worldwide sales of over 30 million albums. She has also topped the U.S. dance chart on two separate occasions. In 2014, Anastacia made a commercial and critical comeback with her sixth studio album Resurrection, which reached the top ten of multiple European music charts including Italy, Germany and the UK. Known for her powerful mezzo voice and her small stature of 5 feet 2 inches (157 cm), the singer has been dubbed "the little lady with the big voice".
Anastacia is also known for her trademark glasses (often darkly tinted); although she underwent laser surgery in August 2005, she frequently still wears them.
Over the course of her life Anastacia has battled numerous health problems including being diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 13, breast cancer at age 34 and the heart condition supraventricular tachycardia, which the singer discovered she had at age 39. In February 2013 it was announced that Anastacia was battling a more intense form of breast cancer.
On July 20 the singer announced via Twitter that she was again cancer free, while on October 1, 2013 to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Anastacia informed the media that she had undergone a double mastectomy. In recognition of her decade-long charitable efforts in breast cancer awareness, Anastacia became only the second woman to be presented with the Humanitarian Award at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in 2013. Anastacia married her bodyguard Wayne Newton in Huatulco, Mexico on April 21, 2007.
In April 2010, it was confirmed that the two had filed a petition for divorce. Anastacia has several tattoos on her back, and one below her neck saying "Forever" in an unusual font, In 2008 she added wings to this tattoo. She also has an Ankh on her lower back, which appeared on her first album. Since it represents eternal life, to her fans it has come to symbolize her. Her third tattoo is at the base of her neck just above 'Forever' and is her only colour tattoo, it says A&W to symbolise her marriage to Wayne Newton. Although the pair are now divorced Anastacia has said she does not regret the tattoo. Anastacia lives in Los Angeles, California.
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