Anastacia (USA pop singer from Chicago, IL, best known for "I'm Outta Love")
Legal name: Anastacia Newkirk
Anastacia Lyn Newkirk (born September 17, 1968) is an American singer, songwriter and producer. Consecrated among the most successful artists of the New Millennium, her name is one of the biggest in the music industry. Known for her powerful mezzo voice and her small stature of 5 feet 2 inches (157 cm), she has been dubbed "the little lady with the big voice".
Her career is considered one of the most important of the New Millennium. She possesses one of the most powerful and easily recognizable voices in the world. The singer has highly success in Europe, Latin America, Oceania, Asia and South Africa but has not as much success in her native United States. Despite the lack of American success, she has sold over 85 million records worldwide. Considered one of the last icons of the global music scene and a role model for all women, Anastacia has never shown shame in making public her personal battles with serious illnesses that have slowed her career. In 2009 she received the World Artist Award at the Women's World Awards as an artist who has influenced the world with her music. She is the first white woman in music history to be called "the white woman with the black voice". She has dominated the ranking of Music Control in Europe throughout her career In 2004 she creates a musical genre to differentiate herself from the crowd. She invented the word Sprock, a mix between soul, pop and rock which earned her the title of Queen of Sprock . In November 2010 she became the first international artist in history to be able to perform in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus despite pressure from the Greek Cypriot lobby. Anastacia is also known for her trademark glasses; although she underwent laser surgery in August 2005, she frequently still wears them.
Her debut record Not That Kind, released in 2000 was an international commercial success where the lead single "I'm Outta Love" became the biggest selling song of the year. The singer was awarded as 'World's Best-Selling New Female Pop Artist' in 2001. Her commercial success continued with 2001's Freak of Nature which included the international chart topper "Paid My Dues". After successfully recovering from cancer she returned with 2004's Anastacia. The album peaked at No. 1 in many countries, became the second biggest selling album of the year in Europe and produced the "Left Outside Alone" that remained at No. 1 on the European Billboard chart for 15 weeks. In 2005, was released the multi-platinum compilation project 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. In 2008 she realesed her fourth studio album Heavy Rotation, which reached the tenth place among the best albums of 2008 in an Billboard's poll. In 2012, 4 years after the last album, she published It's a Man's World which consists of cover versions of songs by male rock artists. In 2014, Anastacia made a comeback with her sixth studio album Resurrection, which reached the top ten in many countries.
She fights numerous health problems including Crohn's disease and supraventricular tachycardia. During her life she defeated breast cancer twice, once in 2003 and again in 2013 which she survived due to 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.