anastacia


Birthname: Anastacia Lyn Newkirk 
Date of birth: 1973-09-17 
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA 
Height: 5' 3" 
Nationality: American 
Profession: actress, musician 

Anastacia (born Anastacia Lyn Newkirk on September 17, 1973 or 1968) is an American pop singer and songwriter who has sold over 24 million records since the release of her debut album Not That Kind in 2000. She is noted for her powerful, raspy-sounding voice which sounds as if she is a black soul singer. She is also famous for her ability to hit high notes in her chest voice. She is a dramatic soprano.
Anastacia is an icon in Europe, Oceania, and South Africa but has not yet made as big an impact in America. Anastacia's music, with its often deep meanings and poppy tunes, appeals to a wide range of ages. She became famous for her trademark glasses (often darkly tinted), but had surgery to correct her vision permanently in August 2005. Her nickname is "the little lady with the big voice", she received this title as being only 5'2", people found it very unusual that she had such a powerful strong voice.

Career

Not That Kind: early life and discovery

Anastacia was born in Chicago, Illinois into a showbiz family: her father Robert Newkirk was a singer and her mother Diane Hurley an actress in Broadway musical theatre. Her family relocated to New York City when she was a teenager, after her Father left the Newkirk family. She then enrolled at the Professional Children's School in Manhattan.

Anastacia soon became interested in dance despite being diagnosed with Crohn's disease. She first gained prominence stealing the show from D.L. Hughley while he was hosting BET's Comic View, singing Oleta Adams' "Get Here" in 1992. During the early 1990s, she appeared regularly on Club MTV and in a couple of videos for rappers Salt-N-Pepa. In 1999, she attracted the interest of record labels after making the finals of MTV talent show The Cut. Anastacia signed a contract with Daylight Records, a custom label of Sony BMG's Epic Records in March 1999.
The Cut was hosted by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of R&B and hip-hop group TLC. A then-unknown Anastacia finished in second place, but impressed Lopes and the show's three judges so much that she scored herself a record deal anyway.
Her debut album Not That Kind was released in 2000 and was a huge success reaching the top ten in eight countries in Europe, Asia, and Oceania. It went triple platinum in Australia spurred by the success of her debut smash "I'm Outta Love" which was the most popular single of the year in that country for 2000. While "I'm Outta Love" was a Top 10 song on the Hot Dance Club Play, "Not That Kind" only reached the lower parts of the Billboard Hot 100, since the single never managed to cross over to the American pop charts. "Cowboys & Kisses" was released as the third single off the album, charting in the top 40 in some European countries. As the last single, the only promotional meant single "Made for Lovin' You" charted in the UK (27) and France (72).

Freak Of Nature: career development

Her second album, 2001's Freak of Nature achieved respectable sales although not matching the level of international success of Not That Kind. However, her sophomore effort did beat its predecessor in her home country. Its debut single, "One Day in Your Life", though not a smash hit, just barely made the top 40 and was a #1 hit on the club charts and at rhythmic radio. When the album was finally released in the United States in May 2002, she dedicated the album to Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who had died in a car wreck the month before. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was partly responsible for Anastacia's success, since Lisa hosted MTV's The Cut where Anastacia got her first break. Soon after she released a double disc edition featuring two bonus hits, remixes for 3 of the tracks on the album and two live tracks taken from the Japan gig that was perfromed on the 13th September 2002.
Anastacia also joined Shakira, Cher and Celine Dion for VH1's Divas Live in 2002. Anastacia also contributed a song "Love Is a Crime" to the Chicago soundtrack. The song peaked at #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and enjoyed moderate airplay on Rhythmic/Dance format. Anastacia was selected to sing the theme from 2002 FIFA World Cup: "Boom". From this album, she released singles as "Paid My Dues", "One Day in Your Life", "Why'd You Lie to Me" and "You'll Never Be Alone" which reached #28 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the U.S.

Anastacia: career highlight

Sprock

In January 2003, Anastacia discovered she had breast cancer while preparing for breast reduction surgery due to orthopedic reasons. She immediately successfully completed a course of treatment. Anastacia subsequently established a fund through the "Breast Cancer Research Fund" to promote awareness of breast cancer amongst younger women. Anastacia entered record studios in September 2003 to begin recording her next album - the self-titled Anastacia - working with Glen Ballard, Dallas Austin, and Dave Stewart for release in 2004. On the album, Anastacia also collaborated with P.O.D. lead singer Sonny Sandoval on the socially-conscious track "I Do".
The first single, released in March, was "Left Outside Alone", which saw a change in direction for Anastacia. The health scare showed Anastacia her own mortality, and she realised if she wanted to change her sound, now would be much better than later. As she said on Rovelive Australia in 2004, she wanted to have more edge to her vocals as she felt there was someting missing from her previous works. She brought in many rock instruments which brought a new atmoshere to her music. She also felt that she still needed the funkiness and the pop as the singer felt that too much edge would sound wrong with her voice. Out of this a new sound was formed. She describes her sound as "sprock" - a combination of soul, pop and rock.
The success of "sprock" has influenced other artists. Jamelia's new album has much more rock fused into to her R'nB' sound e.g. Beware Of The Dog. P!nk's album I'm Not Dead also touches on this style of music, as does some work by Ashlee Simpson and Charlotte Church.

Album success

Anastacia proved to be a smash hit reaching the top of the album charts in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, Greece, Germany, and Italy and number 2 in Portugal and Spain. "Left Outside Alone" proved to be equally successfully reaching number 1 in Australia, Spain, Italy, Austria and Switzerland; number 2 in the Netherlands + Germany and number 3 in the UK, and reaching the top 5 on the composite European chart. Strong airplay throughout Europe gave the song a Top 40 Charts world airplay ranking as one of the top five songs played on top 40 radio stations throughout the world in April 2004. Unlike her first two albums, which were released in her homeland of America, Anastacia was not, despite being scheduled for release on three occasions. "Left Outside Alone" was released twice, but failed to pick up heavy airplay. It only gained sporatic Adult Contemporary and Hot AC format airplay. Again, it sparked Rhythmic/Dance format airplay and the dance mix of "Left Outside Alone" peaked at #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play. After the original version of "Left Outside Alone" failed to catch on because of lukewarm promotional pushes, especially on radio, the album was postponed and eventually cancelled after the release date of August 30, 2004 past. " proceeds from the sale of which went towards her 'Anastacia Fund' (Charitable organisation providing research funding for breast cancer).
During this difficult period, Anastacia stated that the most important factor in her quick recovery was the support received from her massive fanbase. Anastacia has often said that her fans play a very important part in her success and her kind attitude towards signing autographs and accepting to take pictures with fans reinforces her close relationship with her ever-growing fanbase.
A small batch of this album was released with a bonus DVD, Anastacia poster and slip case. The DVD includes "Making Of Anastacia", "2002 Europe Promo Tour" & a photo gallery.

Pieces Of A Dream: a reflection of her career

In late 2005, she released her first greatest hits collection, entitled Pieces of a Dream, named after a track of the same name. The album spawned the hit singles "Pieces of a Dream" and the duet with Eros Ramazzotti "I Belong to You", which was a huge hit in Europe, charting and peaking in the top ten in almost all the European countries.Although Anastacia was forced by her record company to have a greatest hits, the soul singer says she is happy now that it was created as it was like a "story book" of the last five years.

Live At Last

Not long after the release of "I Belong to You", Anastacia released her first live DVD on March 27, 2006 in Europe. The DVD contains footage from concerts in Berlin and Munich, the making of the DVD, music videos to her latest four singles, some alternative videos to songs from her selfnamed album and many clips of Anastacia discussing the time during her concerts and other life expieriences

Charity work and personal life

During her years of success, Anastacia has supported a lot of people, including charity events as Life Ball 2006 (Europe's largest annual AIDS charity event), Make a Difference, Challenge for the Children and more.
The pop star has always kept very secretive about personal matters all that is known that can be verrified is the relationships she has had.Anastacia was romantically linked to several men throughout her career. Anastacia and Shawn Woods had a relationship for 6 years and as Anastacia said herself – he was the love of her life. Rumors say that they split up because Anastacia found him in bed with another woman, which would explain the song "Why'd You Lie to Me" (in which Anastacia sings about a relationship that crashed because her boyfriend was cheating on her). She has also dated Charles Ingram a couple of times, but they never were a couple. According to Anastacia they didn't really fit together as a couple, so they decided to stay good friends. Anastacia had also been dating Patrice Bouédibéla for over a year, when she broke the news that it was over. She is now engaged to her British bodyguard Wayne Newton.
She is to be wed to Wayne in 2007 and will not be releasing any new music until 2008.
However a popular rumor now exists that she is currently recording in Berlin, this has yet to be proven.

Anastacia By s. Olivier

Anastacia by s. Olivier is a clothes collection released in the fall of 2006 by Anastacia and s. Olivier. Anastacia has always dreamt of creating a fashion line of her own. "I have had the idea of designing my own collection for a long time, but waited for the right partner. s. Oliver came along just at the right time. We got to know each other and found that we not only harmonize well together as a brand, but also have the same ideas about the look of 'Anastacia by s. Oliver'. There are many points that need to be considered when designing a collection: What trends are in, what colors, what fabrics, what styles ... That is why I am happy that my work with the s. Oliver design team is going so well and that we are implementing these themes together. For example, I think it is also very important that my clothes can be worn in different sizes." The collection reflects Anastacia’s personal style and her versatility. The look of the line is sensual, feminine and very sexy. A Limited Edition CD named Welcome To My Style is available for free to costumer that spend 60 euros or more in the clothes in November. The CD includes the following alredy released tracks:
  1. Underdog (B-Side of "Cowboys & Kisses")
  2. Get Ready (B-Side of "Left Outside Alone")
  3. Boom (FIFA 2002 World Cup official song)
  4. Funky Medley (B-Side of "Paid My Dues").


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