Anastacia - Biography & Career
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 and she 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).
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.