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Tribute performed by Phoenix ProductionsAnastacia Lyn Newkirk better known simply as Anastacia, is an American singer-songwriter, highly successful in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South Africa and South America, but has had only minor success in her native United States. 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.
Anastacia started her career in 1983 as a dancer for hire and made regular appearances as a dancer from 1985 until 1992 on MTV’s Club MTV. In 1990, she started her musical career as a backing vocalist, and in 1992 she gained her first break as a solo singer singing on BET’s ComicView. Her debut album, Not That Kind, released in 2000 was an international commercial success, most notably in Europe, becoming 4xplatinum 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 20 million records.