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Anastacia (born Anastacia Lyn Newkirk; September 17, 1968) is an American singer-songwriter. Anastacia has been highly successful in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South Africa and South America, but has had only minor success in her native United States. Her debut album, Not That Kind, released in 1999 which was a massive hit throughout Europe and Oceania placed her among the industry's elite. It achieved multi-platinum sales in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, was critically acclaimed by Elton John and Michael Jackson, and had the fourth biggest European single and biggest Australian single of 2000. She was awarded 'World's best-selling New Female Pop Artist' in 2001. She would go on to become one of the top selling international female popsingers of the decade with her next two albums also earning multi-platinum sales throughout Europe and Oceania.
Nicknamed 'the little lady with the big voice', Anastacia is known for her powerful soul voice, and her small stature – 5 feet 2 inches (157 cm). She was also known for her trademark glasses (often darkly tinted), but she had surgery to correct her vision permanently in August 2005. In 2005, she was recognized for worldwide sales of over 20 million records.
1968–1988: Early life and career beginnings:
Anastacia was born in Chicago, Illinois; her late father Robert Newkirk (of German descent) was a club-singer and her mother Diane Hurley (of Irish descent) an actress on Broadway. After her father (a sufferer of bipolar disorder) left the Newkirk family, they moved to New York City when she was a teenager. Then she enrolled at the Professional Children's School in Manhattan.
Anastacia was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when she was thirteen. The incurable bowel disease led to an operation where surgeons cut directly through her stomach muscles removing a foot of the singer's intestines, causing Anastacia to be wheelchair bound and needing to learn how to walk again. Despite her illness she soon became interested in dance. However she was frequently critiqued for being 'too large to make it in the music business'. At age 19, a diet triggered a Crohn's relapse.
Despite her ongoing health problems Anastacia continued to pursue her ambitions for the next decade. She featured in a couple of videos for American hip hop trio Salt-N-Pepa in the late 80s. In 1990 she sung back-up vocals on pop star Tiffany's New Inside album. Her first claim to fame was as a dancer for hire, making regular appearances in early 90s on MTV's Club MTV. As a singer she gained her first break on BET's Comic View, singing Oleta Adams' "Get Here" in 1992. In 1993 she moved to Los Angeles to record the song One More Chance for the producer OG Pierce, it resulted however in no record deal. That same year the singer recorded a collaboration with David Morales called "Forever Luv", again however Anasatcia failed to get a record deal. Throughout the mid 90s although producers claimed to be intrigued by her voice's unusual tone, Anastacia would be continuously told that 'her sound just didn’t quite fit into any category'. By 1997 Anastacia had become a member of band called The Kraze which she remained a part of until 1999. In 1998 she had another duet with Cuban composer Omar Sosa performing Mi Negra, Tu Bombón. Eventually in 1998 before turning 30, Anastacia attracted the interest of record labels after making the finals of the short lived MTV talent show The Cut. Anastacia signed a contract with Daylight Records, a custom label of Sony Music Entertainment's Epic Records in March 1999.
Anastacia's debut album, Not That Kind was released in 1999. The album reached the top ten in eight countries in Europe and Asia. It went four times platinum in Europe and triple platinum in Australia; her debut single "I'm Outta Love" was a global smash hit in 1999, topping the charts in Belgium, Australia and New Zealand, peaking at number two in France, Switzerland, Italy and Ireland as well as also reaching number six both in Germany and the UK. In the U.S., it was only a minor radio hit. The second single "Not That Kind" reached number 11 in the UK and became a Top 10 hit in Italy. It also entered the Top 20 in Switzerland and France. "Cowboys & Kisses" was released as the third single off the album, charting in the top forty in some European countries. As the last promotional only single, "Made for Lovin' You" charted in the UK at number twenty-seven and in France at number seventy-two. While "I'm Outta Love" was a top ten hit on the Hot Dance Club Play, "Not That Kind" did not chart high on the Billboard Hot 100, however in spite of this by the end of the year Anastacia would go on to be the World's Best Selling New Female Pop Artist at the 2001 World Music Awards. On 17 September, it was announced that the singer had signed with the "BMG Masters Model" service of BMG Rights Management, along with the service's primary German-based distributing partner, Rough Trade Distribution. Global distribution is expected to be achieved via a range of partnering labels and distribution services. The deal includes the release of her following two albums, It's a Man's World, a collection of her covers by rock male artists released on 9 November 2012, followed by an album with original material to be recorded and released. On February 27, 2013, Anastacia announced that she was forced to cancel her European tour due to the fact that she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in 10 years and was undergoing treatment.
Thanks to Djura for submitting the biography.