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. Her debut record Not That Kind, released in 2000 was an international success, particularly in Europe as well as Australia, where the lead single "I'm Outta Love" became the biggest selling song of the year. Awarded as the 'World's Best-Selling New Female Pop Artist' in 2001, her commercial success continued with 2001's Freak of Nature. The album reached No. 1 in eight countries and included the international chart topper "Paid My Dues". After recovering from cancer, she returned with 2004's Anastacia which deviated from previous albums into pop-rock. The album peaked at No. 1 in 11 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, the multi-platinum compilation project Pieces of a Dream was released which spawned Anastacia's chart topping duet with Eros Ramazzotti, "I Belong to You (Il Ritmo della Passione)". Anastacia established herself as one of the top selling international female pop-singers of the 2000s before taking a hiatus in late 2006. She has sold over 85 million albums. She has also topped the U.S. dance chart on two separate occasions.
In 2014, Anastacia made a comeback with her sixth studio album Resurrection, which reached the top ten in the Italian, Netherlands, Switzerland, German and the UK charts, as well as Top 20 in Austrian, Irish, Portuguese and Spanish Charts.
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". Anastacia is also known for her trademark glasses; although she underwent laser surgery in August 2005, she frequently still wears them.
During her life Anastacia has battled numerous health problems including being diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 13, breast cancer at age 34 and the heart condition supraventricular tachycardia, at age 39. In February 2013 it was announced that Anastacia was battling a more intense form of breast cancer, while on October 1, 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 only the second woman to be presented with the Humanitarian Award at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in 2013.