Early YearsAnastacia (born 17 September 1973) was born Anastacia Newkirk in Chicago, Illinois of a showbiz family with her father being a singer and her mother 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 the intestinal disease Crohn's disease. 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 Music's Epic Records in March 1999.
Paid my dues - career successHer 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 first single "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 ten song on the US dance charts, Not That Kind only reached the lower parts of the Billboard 200.
Her second album, Freak of Nature achieved respectable sales although not matching the success of Not that Kind. However, she did join Shakira, Cher and Mary J. Blige for Divas Live on VH1 in 2002. Anastacia also contributed a song "Love is a Crime" to the soundtrack of Chicago.
In January 2003, she discovered she had breast cancer when she was preparing for breast reduction surgery for orthopedic reasons and successfully completed a course of treatment. Anastacia subsequently established a fund through the Breast Cancer Research Fund to promote awareness of breast cancer amongst younger women. Anastacia entered record studios in September 2003 to record the Anastacia album with Glen Ballard, Dallas Austin and Dave Stewart for release in 2004. The first single, released in March 2004, was "Left Outside Alone". Anastacia was after more of a rock sound with the track "I Do" featuring Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D..
Anastacia proved to be a smash hit reaching the top of the album charts in the UK, Australia, Germany and Italy and number 2 in Spain. "Left Outside Alone" proved to be equally successfully reaching number 1 in Italy, Austria and Switzerland, top 5 in a composite European chart and Australia and top 10 in the UK. Strong airplay for the song throughout Europe led to a "Top 40 charts" world airplay chart showing it as one of the top five songs played on top 40 radio stations throughout the world in April 2004. However, the Anastacia album and "Left Outside Alone" had not been released in the US as at the end of April, 2004.