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(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 2000, achieved multi-platinum sales in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, was critically acclaimed by Elton John and Michael Jackson, and had the 4th biggest European single and biggest Australian single of 2000. She was awarded 'Best-selling International Artist' in 2000 and became one of the top singers of the decade. Her next two albums also earned multi-platinum sales throughout Europe and Oceania making her one of the fastest and biggest-selling artists of the new millennium.
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.
1998–2000: Not That Kind
Anastacia's debut album, Not That Kind was released in 2000. 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.
2001–2006: Freak of Nature, Anastacia, Cancer and Pieces of a Dream
Her second album, Freak of Nature achieved successful sales in the U.K. where it went triple platinum as well as being a hit throughout continental Europe, however unlike her debut it did not match the same level of international success. The first single released was "Paid My Dues". The song became an overall hit, peaking in Denmark, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland, and reaching the top ten in several other mainland European countries. The second single, "One Day in Your Life", reached number 11 in the UK and the top ten in many European countries. The next single "Why'd You Lie to Me" reached the top thirty in the UK. "You'll Never Be Alone", the fourth single, reached number twenty-eight on the Adult Contemporary chart in the U.S. When the album was finally released in the U.S. in May 2002, she dedicated the album to Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who had died in a car wreck the month before. Lopes was partly responsible for Anastacia's success, since Lisa hosted MTV's The Cut . Soon after she released a double disc edition featuring two bonus hits, remixes for three of the tracks on the album and two live tracks taken from a Japan gig that was performed on the Sept.13, 2002.
In Oct.2009, Anastacia released a collaborative single with British band Ben's Brother, entitled "Stalemate", which was included on the band's album Battling Giants.
In Feb.2011, Anastacia was a guest at the Gigi D'Alessio concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York, performing as an opening act. On Nov.11, 2011 she performed in Madrid for the SAP Sapphire Conference. In June 2012, Anastacia was confirmed as a guest judge on the original UK ninth series of The X Factor at the auditions in Glasgow alongside judges Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos. During the summer of 2012, Anastacia will be touring throughout Europe.
In July 2012, Anastacia announced on her Facebook fan page,the release of a new single and album. She performed the song "What Can We Do (Deeper Love)" for the first time on July 10 In the Jazz Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland. She released her video for "What Can We Do (Deeper Love)" through her and Facebook pages.