Anastacia (USA pop singer from Chicago, IL, best known for "I'm Outta Love")
Anastacia Lyn Newkirk (born September 17, 1968), better known mononymously as Anastacia, is an American singer-songwriter. Anastacia has been highly successful around the world except 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. Her debut album, Not That Kind, released in 2000 was an international commercial success, most notably in Europe, becoming 4x platinum 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 included the international chart topper "Paid My Dues", 2004's Anastacia which produced the critically acclaimed Left Outside Alone that remained at No. 1 on the European Billboards for 15 weeks. as well as 2005's compilation project Pieces of a Dream which spawned the chart topping duet with Eros Ramazzotti, "I Belong to You (Il Ritmo della Passione)" .The singer would go on to become one of the top selling international female pop-singers of the 2000s and has been recognized for worldwide sales of over 30 million records. She has also topped the U.S. dance chart on two separate occasions.
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 Crohn's disease which was diagnosed 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 breast cancer. In July 20 the singer announced via Twitter that she was again cancer free. While on the 1st of October 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 the second only woman to be presented with Humanitarian Award at the GQ Men Of The Year awards in 2013