Anastacia Anastacia
American singer-songwriter
Anastacia Anastacia
Anastacia is an American singer-songwriter who burst onto the music business in 1993. Anastacia has been highly successful in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South Africa and South America, but has had only minor success in her native United States.
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 47
    On 19 August 2016, Anastacia was confirmed to be a contestant on the UK television show, Strictly Come Dancing.
    More Details Hide Details Her partner is Brendan Cole. The couple were voted in the dance-off in Week 2, but was unable to compete and instead the result was relied from the public who selected them through. Anastacia by s. Oliver is a clothing collection released in late 2006 by Anastacia and German clothing company s. Oliver. She said that she had long wanted to release a clothing line: "I have had the idea of designing my own collection for a long time, but waited for the right partner. s. Oliver came along just at the right time. We got to know each other and found that we not only harmonize well together as a brand, but also have the same ideas about the look of Anastacia by s. Oliver. There are many points that need to be considered when designing a collection: What trends are in, what colors, what fabrics, what styles... That is why I am happy that my work with the s. Oliver design team is going so well and that we are implementing these themes together. Anastacia by s. Oliver also released a limited edition clothing line called Limited Luxury, which was designed together with Swarovski. This clothing line hit the stores on November 2, 2007 and was only sold in some countries.
  • 2015
    Age 46
    As of 2015, she has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
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    Her Ultimate Collection was released in 2015 and peaked in the top ten of the UK charts, giving the singer her 6th top ten album in Britain.
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  • 2014
    Age 45
    The album, entitled Resurrection, was released in May 2014 and was met with both critical and commercial success, giving the singer her sixth top ten Italian album and fifth top ten UK album.
    More Details Hide Details It also reached the top 5 of the Swiss and German charts and the top ten of the Dutch charts. Reviews were overwhelmingly positive, acknowledging a return to form from the singer as well as a creative resurgence. The lead single "Stupid Little Things" was released on April 4. Although only moderately successful, reaching the top ten in Belgium and top 20 in Italy it was quickly met with a positive reaction from music critics, with MTV's Brad Stern naming it one of the "5 Must-Hear Pop Songs of the Week!" and calling it a "return to form" for the "pop princess and proof that Anastacia's a true survivor", after her second battle with breast cancer. On April 12 Anastacia was given the German Radio Regenbogen Award for Charity and Entertainment. On June 23 Anastacia announced that due to a hernia procedure she would be unable to promote the album for a number of weeks. After returning to her promotional tour Anastacia played numerous festivals throughout Europe including headlining Manchester Pride which was heavily praised. Anastacia was also named as one of the judges on the German talent show Rising Star. the programme was cancelled sooner than expected however due to low ratings. In November Anastacia began her Resurrection Tour, her first to include Australia. The tour ended in September 2015 after 80 shows and was well received by both fans and critics. During this period it was also announced that Anastacia had re-signed with her original label and that a compilation record would be released.
    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.
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  • 2013
    Age 44
    On October 1, 2013 to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Anastacia informed the media that she had undergone a double mastectomy.
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    In 2013 Anastacia was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time.
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    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.
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    On July 20 the singer announced via Twitter that she was again cancer free, while on October 1, 2013 to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Anastacia informed the media that she had undergone a double mastectomy.
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    In February 2013, it was announced that Anastacia was battling a more intense form of breast cancer.
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    Due to 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.
    More Details Hide Details Anastacia later confirmed via her Twitter account that she was writing and recording songs for her sixth studio album, including working with producers John Fields and Steve Diamond. She also stated it would mark a return to her "sprock" sound.
    On October 1, 2013 Anastacia informed the media that she had undergone a double mastectomy.
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    On July 20, 2013, Anastacia was given the all-clear from breast cancer for a second time, tweeting "Cancer Free Forever".
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    On February 27, 2013, Anastacia announced that she was forced to cancel her European tour due to the fact that she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time and was undergoing treatment.
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    On February 2, 2013, Anastacia tweeted that she would start writing for her next studio album of new material in the following week.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Anastacia was born in Chicago, Illinois; her late father Robert Newkirk (of German descent) was a club-singer and her mother Diane Hurley (of Irish descent) an actress on Broadway. After her father (a sufferer of bipolar disorder) left the Newkirk family, they moved to New York City when she was a teenager. Then she enrolled at the Professional Children's School in Manhattan. Anastacia was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when she was thirteen. The incurable bowel disease led to an operation where surgeons cut directly through her stomach muscles removing a foot of the singer's intestines, causing Anastacia to be wheelchair bound and needing to learn how to walk again. Despite her illness she soon became interested in dance. At age 19, a diet triggered a Crohn's relapse.
  • 2012
    Age 43
    Throughout November and December 2012 Anastacia took part in the annual Night of the Proms, a series of concerts held in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany which combine classical music with famous pop songs.
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    The deal included the release of her following two albums, It's a Man's World, a collection of covers of songs by male rock artists released on November 9, 2012, followed by an album of original material.
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    In July 2012, Anastacia announced on her Twitter page (and Facebook fan page) the release of a new commercial single for car company Škoda Auto.
    More Details Hide Details She performed the song "What Can We Do (Deeper Love)" for the first time on July 10 in the Jazz Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland. She later released the video for the song through her social media pages. On September 17, it was announced that the singer had signed with the "BMG Masters Model" service of BMG Rights Management, along with the service's primary German-based distributing partner, Rough Trade Distribution. Global distribution is expected to be achieved via a range of partnering labels and distribution services.
    During the summer of 2012, Anastacia toured throughout Europe.
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    In June 2012, Anastacia was confirmed as a guest judge for the ninth series of The X Factor UK at the Glasgow auditions alongside judges Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos.
    More Details Hide Details Her appearance on the show was heavily praised with sources stating that she had "great chemistry" with the others and had greatly impressed the producers, causing speculation that the singer would become the new fourth judge. However it was later revealed that the singer was forced to reject the judging offer due to contractual agreements regarding the Night of the Proms European winter tour as well of the release of her independent cover album.
  • 2011
    Age 42
    On November 11, 2011 she performed in Madrid for the SAP Sapphire Conference.
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    In February 2011, Anastacia was a guest at the Gigi D'Alessio concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York, performing as an opening act.
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  • 2010
    Age 41
    On August 17, Natalia and Anastacia recorded a collaborative single, "Burning Star", which was released on September 17, 2010 as promotion for the concert series.
    More Details Hide Details On November 13, Anastacia became the first international singer ever to perform a concert in Northern Cyprus which is occupied by Turkish forces.
    Following "Stalemate", Anastacia released "Safety", a duet with Russian singer Dima Bilan, was recorded in Los Angeles in May 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The song was performed live for the first time at the Muz-TV Music Awards Moscow in June 2010. The song was released as a single in Russia in August 2010. On August 13, Anastacia announced that she would be join Belgian singer Natalia Druyts for a joint tour, Natalia Meets Anastacia, for six arena shows which were performed at the Sportpaleis, Belgium.
    During the summer of 2010 Anastacia also became one of the main judges on British talent series Don't Stop Believing, a contest inspired by the musical comedy-drama Glee.
    More Details Hide Details During promotion for the reality show the singer noted that she had left Mercury Records and was currently with no label.
    In March 2010, Anastacia again entered the recording studio.
    More Details Hide Details Around this time, she also headlined several shows at Art on Ice in Zurich, the Hallenstadion and Lausanne. Her official website stated about the show: "In a unique, groundbreaking combination of Olympic-level figure skating and smash hit pop, the music of Anastacia will soundtrack and seamlessly inspire a performance from some of the world's best figure skaters, perfectly choreographed to complement her hits."
  • 2009
    Age 40
    During the winter of 2009, Anastacia once again joined Lulu for the Here Come the Girls Tour with Heather Small replacing Chaka Khan.
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    In October 2009, Anastacia released a collaborative single with British band Ben's Brother entitled "Stalemate", which was included on the band's album Battling Giants.
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    On December 7, 2009 Anastacia opened the annual Royal Variety Performance with Lulu and Chaka Khan, performing a rendition of "Relight My Fire".
    More Details Hide Details The tour was an overall success, selling out 24 shows.
    In November and December 2009 Anastacia, Chaka Khan and Lulu were headlining the Here Come the Girls a special Christmas concert that visited the United Kingdom only.
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    In June 2009, Anastacia began her second tour throughout Europe to promote her fourth studio album.
    More Details Hide Details The tour was funded by the singer herself, not her label, and was well received by critics and fans alike.
    In 2009, the Women's World Award presented Anastacia with the World Artist Award, recognizing the singer's success and ongoing positive influence in pop music.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 39
    On July 24, Anastacia announced that her fourth studio album Heavy Rotation would be released October 27, 2008 in Europe and Asia (and elsewhere in 2009).
    More Details Hide Details The new album featured collaborations with producers Ne-Yo, The Heavyweights, Lester Mendez, J.R. Rotem, and Rodney Jerkins and was a noted departure from the pop rock sound of her previous material. The album's first single, called "I Can Feel You", began playing in some radio markets on August 25, 2008. The second single from Heavy Rotation was "Absolutely Positively", later served as a promotional single only. The third official single from the album, "Defeated", was released as a promotional single in Europe without a music video. Her fourth studio album proved to be less successful than her previous ones; her singles failed to reach the top 40 in her most commercially successful country (UK). Anastacia however remained positive, stating that other artists have faced the same problems while changing a record label, also blaming the world economical crisis and the label's decision to alter her sound from her own chosen sprock sound of her previous record to a more "urban feel". In later years Anastacia would publicly admit regret towards the change of sound, citing personal problems that led to a creative sell-out. Regardless of the lack of commercial success, the album was ranked number ten on Billboard magazine's online "Readers' Poll: 10 Best Albums of 2008".
  • 2007
    Age 38
    In November 2007, her biography on the official Anastacia website was updated to say there would be a new album in 2008, with a tour to follow.
    More Details Hide Details During this time Anastacia began having palpitations which she believed were simple panic attacks; she was soon diagnosed with the heart condition supraventricular tachycardia. It was in this period also that Anastacia left Sony and moved to Mercury. During an interview for the UK breakfast show This Morning, the singer cited that David Massey's move from Sony to Mercury was key to her own label change due to the fact that Massey had originally signed her and had been involved in all of her previous albums.
    In August 2007, a video was put on the "Anastacia by S. Oliver" web site.
    More Details Hide Details During the video, when Anastacia was asked about her future plans, she confirmed that she was working on a new album as well as the clothing line. A specific month of release or title was not mentioned.
    Anastacia attended the memorial Concert for Diana on July 1, 2007, which would have been on Diana's forty-sixth birthday.
    More Details Hide Details This was one of the first major events to take place in the new Wembley Stadium, and one of her first major appearances since she took a break from the industry. She opened the medley section of the show and she sang a rendition of "Superstar", from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar, with a gospel chorus behind her.
    Anastacia married her bodyguard Wayne Newton in Huatulco, Mexico on April 21, 2007. In April 2010, it was confirmed that the two had filed a petition for divorce.
    More Details Hide Details Anastacia has several tattoos on her back, and one below her neck saying "Forever" in an unusual font, In 2008 she added wings to this tattoo. She also has an Ankh on her lower back, which appeared on her first album. Since it represents eternal life, to her fans it has come to symbolize her. Her third tattoo is at the base of her neck just above 'Forever' and is her only colour tattoo, it says A&W to symbolise her marriage to Wayne Newton. Although the pair are now divorced Anastacia has said she does not regret the tattoo. Anastacia lives in Los Angeles, California. Headlining tours Co-headlining tours Promotional tours
  • 2006
    Age 37
    Not long after the release of "I Belong to You (Il Ritmo Della Passione)", Anastacia released her first live DVD Live at Last on March 27, 2006 in Europe.
    More Details Hide Details The DVD contains footage from concerts in Berlin and Munich. It includes music videos to her four singles; "Left Outside Alone", "Everything Burns", "Pieces of a Dream", and "I Belong to You (Il Ritmo Della Passione)", five alternative videos ("I Do", "Rearview", "Seasons Change", "Underground Army", and "Time") to songs from her self-titled album, and a documentary about the tour. Soon after the DVD release Anastacia took a break from the music industry and began concentrating on her growing fashion line with s. Oliver.
  • 2005
    Age 36
    In 2005, she was recognized for worldwide sales of over 20 million.
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    In late 2005, she released her first greatest hits collection, called Pieces of a Dream, named after a track of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details The album spawned the hit singles "Pieces of a Dream", which peaked at number one in Spain, and the duet with Eros Ramazzotti, "I Belong to You (Il Ritmo della Passione)", which was a number 1 hit in Germany, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland and a hit throughout continental Europe. Even though Sony BMG did force her to release this collection, Anastacia has said that she is happy now that it was created as it was like a "story book", or summary of the first six years of her career.
  • 2004
    Age 35
    From September 2004 to August 2005, Anastacia embarked on the Live at Last Tour.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005 the tour was renamed the Encore Tour. The tour would become the second most popular tour of 2004 behind only U2.
    The song also topped the Australian charts, Anastacia's second number one in the country, where it went on to become the second-biggest selling single of 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Anastacia quickly became her most successful album to date, giving her a third consecutive triple platinum album in the UK and reaching the top of the national charts in Ireland, the Netherlands, Australia, Greece, Germany and other countries. Unlike her first two albums, which were released in her homeland of America, Anastacia was not, despite being scheduled for release on three occasions. "Left Outside Alone" was released twice, but failed to pick up heavy airplay. It only gained sporadic Adult Contemporary format airplay. Again, it sparked Rhythmic/Dance format airplay and the dance mix of "Left Outside Alone" peaked at number five on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. After the original version of "Left Outside Alone" failed to catch on because of lukewarm promotion, especially on radio, the album was postponed and eventually cancelled after the release date of August 30, 2004 passed. Anastacia released three further internationally successful singles; "Sick and Tired" (which gave her another number one in Spain and another UK top five single), "Welcome to My Truth" (her best-selling hit in Spain), and the ballad "Heavy on My Heart", sales of which went towards the Anastacia Fund (a charitable organization providing research funding for breast cancer).
  • 2003
    Age 34
    Anastacia entered record studios in September 2003 to begin recording her next album, working with Glen Ballard, Dallas Austin, and David A. Stewart for release in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details On the album, Anastacia also collaborated with P.O.D. lead singer Sonny Sandoval on the socially conscious track "I Do". The first single, released in March, was "Left Outside Alone", which saw a change in direction for Anastacia. It was one of the biggest songs in Europe of 2004, reaching number one in Austria, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland; number two in Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Norway; and number three in the United Kingdom and Hungary. Overall the song remained at number one on the European Billboard singles chart for 15 weeks.
    In January 2003, Anastacia decided to have her breasts reduced because of back strain.
    More Details Hide Details From a routine mammogram for the surgery she discovered she had breast cancer. She immediately started and successfully completed surgery and radiotherapy. Anastacia subsequently established the Anastacia Fund to promote awareness of breast cancer among younger women. She has attributed her health scare as being an inspiration for the sound and content of her third album. According to an interview she gave in 2005 on British music station The Box, her voice lost its power and she became unable to record, and thus she spent a long time writing and trying to create a sound that she finally became happy with. As stated on the Australian talk show Rove in 2004, Anastacia wanted to have more edge to her vocals as she felt there was something missing from her previous works. She brought in many rock instruments which brought a new atmosphere to her music. She also felt that she still needed the funkiness and the pop as the singer felt that too much edge would sound wrong with her voice. Out of this a new sound was formed. She describes her sound as Sprock—a combination of soul, pop, and rock. She named the album after herself.
  • 2002
    Age 33
    Anastacia was also asked to sing the official song for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea and subsequently performed this at the opening ceremony.
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    Anastacia joined Celine Dion, Shakira, Cher, Dixie Chicks, and Stevie Nicks for VH1 Divas Live in 2002 and she also contributed the song "Love Is a Crime" to the Chicago soundtrack.
    More Details Hide Details The song peaked at number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart and enjoyed moderate airplay on Rhythmic/Dance format.
    Soon after she released a double disc edition featuring two bonus hits, remixes for three of the tracks on the album and two live tracks taken from a Japan gig that was performed on the September 13, 2002.
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  • 2001
    Age 32
    Her second album Freak of Nature released in 2001, achieved successful sales in the UK where it went triple platinum as well as being a hit throughout continental Europe, however unlike her debut it did not match the same level of international success.
    More Details Hide Details The first single released was "Paid My Dues". The song became an overall hit, in 2001, peaking in Denmark, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland, and reaching the top ten in several other mainland European countries. The second single, released in 2002, "One Day in Your Life", reached number eleven in the UK and the top ten in many European countries. The next single "Why'd You Lie to Me" reached the top thirty in the UK. "You'll Never Be Alone", the fourth single, reached number twenty-eight on the Adult Contemporary chart in the U.S. The album was finally released in the United States in May 2002. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who had died in a car wreck the month before, was partly responsible for Anastacia's success, since Lisa hosted MTV's The Cut.
  • 2000
    Age 31
    It went four times platinum in Europe and triple platinum in Australia; her debut single "I'm Outta Love" was a global smash hit in 2000, topping the charts in Belgium, Australia and New Zealand, peaking at number two in France, Switzerland, Italy and Ireland as well as also reaching number six both in Germany and the UK.
    More Details Hide Details In the U.S., it was only a minor radio hit. The second single "Not That Kind" reached number 11 in the UK and became a top 10 hit in Italy. It also entered the top 20 in Switzerland and France. "Cowboys & Kisses" was released as the third single from the album, charting in the top forty in some European countries. As the last promotional only single, "Made for Lovin' You" charted in the UK at number twenty-seven and in France at number seventy-two. While "I'm Outta Love" was a top ten hit on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in the United States, "Not That Kind" did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100; however by the end of the year Anastacia would go on to be the World's Best Selling New Female Pop Artist at the 2001 World Music Awards.
    Backed up by leading American producer/writers, she released her debut album, Not That Kind on June 13, 2000.
    More Details Hide Details The album reached the top ten in eight countries in Europe and Asia.
  • 1999
    Age 30
    This afterwards led her to sign with Daylight, one of Epic's labels, by March 1999.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 29
    She encouraged her to join MTV's talent show The Cut in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details She surprisingly made her way to be one of the ten finalists, performing her own composition entitled "Not That Kind". Even though she did not win the contest, she had successfully impressed some notable artists, such as Elton John and Michael Jackson as well as the show's judges that included David Foster and Faith Evans.
    Eventually in 1998, before turning 30, Anastacia attracted the interest of record labels after making the finals of the short-lived MTV talent show The Cut.
    More Details Hide Details Anastacia signed a contract with Daylight Records, a custom label of Sony Music Entertainment's Epic Records in March 1999. Anastacia met Lisa Braude (who later became her manager) in 1997.
    She had two duet songs with Cuban composer Omar Sosa in 1998, performing "Mi Negra, Tu Bombón" and "Tienes Un Solo" in 1999.
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  • 1997
    Age 28
    In 1997 she also sang background for Kurt Carr's gospel vocal ensemble called The Kurt Carr Singers.
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    By 1997, Anastacia had become the member of a band called The Kraze which she remained a part of until 1999.
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  • 1994
    Age 25
    In 1994, she sang back-up vocals on Jamie Foxx debut album Peep This, and in 1995 Anastacia sang back-up vocals on Paula Abdul's third studio album Head Over Heels.
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  • 1993
    Age 24
    In 1993 she moved to Los Angeles to record the song One More Chance for the producer OG Pierce, it resulted however in no record deal.
    More Details Hide Details That same year the singer recorded a collaboration with David Morales called "Forever Luv", again however Anastacia failed to get a record deal. Throughout the mid 90s although producers claimed to be intrigued by her voice's unusual tone, Anastacia would be continuously told that 'her sound just didn't quite fit into any category'.
  • 1992
    Age 23
    In 1992 she gained her first break as a solo singer on BET's ComicView, singing Oleta Adams' "Get Here".
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  • 1991
    Age 22
    In 1991, she featured in music video My Fallen Angel of Dominican singer/actor Coro.
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  • 1990
    Age 21
    She sang back-up vocals on pop star Tiffany's New Inside album in 1990.
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    In 1990, she started her musical career as a backing vocalist.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1983
    Age 14
    Despite her ongoing health problems Anastacia continued to pursue her ambitions for the next decade. Anastacia started her career in 1983 as a dancer for hire.
    More Details Hide Details Her first claim to fame was as a professional dancer (dancer for hire), making regular appearances in mid-1980s and early-90s on MTV's Club MTV. She appeared in a two videos for American hip hop trio Salt-n-Pepa (Get Up Everybody (Get Up) in 1988 and Twist and Shout in 1989).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Born on September 17, 1968.
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