Anastacia

It is the greatest of honours to interview Anastacia on my blog, a superstar singer I have long loved and admired, here she shares her life, music, and wisdom to those wanting to follow in her footsteps. A warrior of a woman, go read and feel uplifted and empowered.

Anastacia Lyn Newkirk is a multi-award winning superstar singer.

Her albums ‘Not That Kind’ (2000) and ‘Freak of Nature’ (2001) were released in quick succession to global success. Her multi-platinum, global smash ‘I’m Outta Love’, led to the accolade of ‘World’s Bestselling New Female Pop Artist’ in 2001 and her hits ‘Paid My Dues’, ‘One Day In Your Life’ and the official song of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, ‘Boom’, followed.

After recovering from cancer, she returned with ‘Anastacia’ (2004) with a new pop-rock sound. Reaching number 1 in 11 countries, it became Europe’s second biggest selling album of the year.

Its lead track ‘Left Outside Alone’ stayed at number one on the European Billboard chart for 15 weeks and Anastacia launched the most successful European tour by a solo artist in that same year.

In 2005, the multi-platinum compilation project ‘Pieces of a Dream’ was released including the chart topping duet with Eros Ramazzotti, ‘I Belong to You’.

Anastacia has sold over 30 million records worldwide and has topped the U.S. dance chart twice.

In 2014, she made a comeback with her sixth studio album ‘Resurrection’ reaching the top ten in the charts in Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and the UK. Her ‘Ultimate Collection’ was released in 2015 reaching the top ten of the UK charts, giving the singer her 6th top ten album in Britain.

Beating cancer twice and in recognition of her decade-long charitable efforts in breast cancer awareness, Anastacia became the second woman to be presented with the Humanitarian Award at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in 2013.

Just WOW.

I welcome Anastacia to Honest Mum.

 

Describe a typical day for you?

A typical day for me really depends on whether I’m on tour or not.

On tour I’ll be going in to hair and make up for a show that night at around 4pm. I’ll be cracking into a decaf Starbucks at the time as I usually don’t eat before the show because I’m jumping around so much throughout the performance!

I’ll be in hair and makeup for a couple of hours, chatting away to one of my many amazing hair and make up girls. We always have a blast before the show. Listening to music, chatting and having some real girl time.

Once I’m ready I usually go and meet around 30+ fans before the show at one of my VIP meet and greets. I absolutely love meeting my fans. They’re always so passionate and I get to catch up with them all right before they’re about to see my show which is always fun.

Once we’re done with that I’ll head over to do a couple of last minute interviews right before stage time, and before we know it we’re on stage and it’s show time!

The show runs for around 90 minutes, and is always over before I know it. Once we’re done it’s back on the bus and off to the next venue! By this time I am absolutely starving, and usually chow down on some grilled fish and veggies in the bus with my team, and go over the night’s show.

The vibe on the bus post-show is always a happy time, and everyone heads off to rest after a hard days work, before we all wake up ready to do it again the next day!

These nights on tour are ones I will cherish forever, there really is nothing like being on the road with some of your favourite people, playing to fans all over the world.

I am very lucky and blessed to be able to do something I love so frequently.

 

What do you feel are your biggest achievements?

I mean, beating cancer twice is up there! But that is something that just had to happen for me. I knew what I had to do and did it, and thankfully I’m still here today to tell the tale. My biggest achievements really are my fans. I can’t ask for a better, more loving and loyal bunch of people all over the world supporting me and my music. I am thankful for them every day and they certainly have helped me achieve my goals in life.

They are the reason I have been able to travel around the world playing music so they are the real achievements for me!

 

What’s in your handbag/satchel?

My iPad! I can’t live without that thing. It really saves my life on planes and during long travel days. I’m obsessed with ‘Modern Family’. I could watch that show over and over again! I also have all my music on there which really helps me get calm during make up before a show. Also in my handbag would be protein bars which are my go-to snack during tour.

They give me that little burst of energy when I don’t want to have a big meal. They keep me going for sure!

 

What are your ambitions in life?

My ambitions are just to keep doing what I’m doing for as long as possible. I am so lucky to be here, healthy, happy and in this current situation so I’d like to keep going where we’re going! I think when I was younger I thought a lot about being in a certain place at a certain time and getting cancer certainly taught me that sometimes life gets in the way and I’m just happy I am one of the lucky ones who were able to come back fighting and continue doing what I love. I just want to keep touring for as long as they will let me.

They’re going to have to drag me kicking and screaming off that stage when I’m 90!

 

What have been the biggest learning curves of your career to date?

The biggest learning curves of my career have been patience. Having patience with my career and allowing myself to take time out to recover was a big learning curve for me. We had to cancel two world tours when the cancer came back, which was obviously a super hard time, but it’s definitely made me a stronger person and also made me realise that your health really is the most important thing and your body does need that time to get over something like cancer. I had a great bunch of friends / family around me at that time and they really helped me realise that.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Touring my 10th album! I honestly don’t see myself taking a break from touring in a really long time, so for me that is always something I will be doing. In 10 years time I hope to be healthy, I hope the same for my friends and family and I hope to still be making music for my fans.

 

What advice would you give a budding singer/songwriter?

Take your time to find your true sound. Experiment with writers and producers you sometimes don’t think will work as sometimes the best things come out of unexpected places. Also, and I think most importantly HAVE FUN. If you have a tiny opportunity to be able to do this for a career at some point, you are blessed and it can go away in a second, so try and have fun!

 

Finally, happiness is…

SPROCK. SOUL POP ROCK. And Milka chocolate on the tour bus 🙂

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66 Responses

  1. Silly Mummy

    How amazing – inspiring woman! & I love Modern Family too (probably the only thing I have in common with Anastacia!) #brilliantblogposts

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  2. becca farrelly

    Wow what an amazing opportunity! I have grown up listening to Anastacia and remember singing along to ‘I’m outta love’ in the car with my sister! Its great to hear about life in the spotlight and that everyone is just the same behind closed doors. Great interview! 🙂

    #brillblogposts

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  3. Mum in Brum

    Oh wow, I absolutely loved Anastacia growing up – what a truly inspiring woman. Fantastic interview! xx #brillblogposts
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  4. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby

    Wow! What a great opportunity meeting and having conversation with her. She such an inspiration to women especially those with cancer. Thanks for sharing this fab interview… #Brilliantblogposts

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  5. Susan Mann

    I am such a huge Anastacia fan. I remember dancing away to I’m Outta love in a nightclub after splitting from my ex. such a great song and a prominent moment in my life. She is such an inspiration and been through so much. She rocks and my favourite interview in your series. xx

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  6. laura dove

    What a fab interview, I am so utterly green with envy that you got to interview Anastasia! I LOVE her! She is such a strong woman, a complete inspiration and the way that she kicked cancer into touch strengthened my view that she is pretty much wonder woman! Great interview, thank you for sharing! #brilliantblogposts

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  7. Angela Milnes

    A Fab interview here. I enjoyed learning more about Anastacia. 🙂 She is a cool cucumber!
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  8. Kirsten Wick

    What a fabulous opportunity, I’ve adored Anastasia for ages, she is such an inspiration. Love, Kirten xx

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  9. jeremy@thirstydaddy

    I’ll confess to not knowing who this is. I’m not sure if that’s because of my age or if she hasn’t made it big in The States yet, but I love that she is out there sharing her inspiring story. Girls need more positive role models like this

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    • Honest Mum

      She’s massive Jeremy, all over the world, selling over 30 million records worldwide. Must be your age, hahah! 🙂

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  10. Franglaise Mummy

    Possibly one of my favourite interviews on your blog – and that’s saying something! Some of Anastacia’s songs really take me to a specific place and time in my life, and just hearing them can transport me back to my 20s in France 🙂 What an incredible, talented and uplifting lady, a true wonderful woman 🙂
    Sophie xx
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  11. Lisa

    That’s AMAZING!! Great interview. she seemed lovely!
    Lx
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    #brillblogposts

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  12. Sarah - arthurwears

    Amazing. She was the soundtrack to my teenage years and most notably university – I’ll no doubt be singing her songs all day long now! #brillblogposts

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  13. John Adams

    For some reason, I forget why, I was thinking of Anastasia just the other day! Great to see someone admire their fans so much despite such mega success. Thanks for hosting #BrilliantBlogPosts

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  14. Colleyswobbles

    What an amazing and strong woman, and with a fantastic voice. You’re incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to interview her, wow. She’s come across really normal too, and she likes Milka (good girl ?) X

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  15. Debbie

    Hi Vicki, I love it when people like Anastacia come across as normal and down to earth. She obviously loves what she does and hasn’t let her cancer define who she is, which after having it twice can’t be easy.

    They must have some fun on that tour bus and I hope that her career spans many decades. I’d love to hear that she was pulled from the stage kicking and screaming at the age of ninety!

    xx
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    • Honest Mum

      Thanks Debbie, an amazing woman-her words are so inspiring. To be a fly on the wall of the tour bus, sounds so much fun xx

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  16. One Messy Mama

    This is such a great post! I remember I was in my 20’s and Anastacia had just gotten really popular. She had these tinted sunglasses blue/purple I can’t remember. I bought the same pair and LOVED them! haha. Great post! Again, thank you! #brillblogposts

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  17. Mess and Merlot

    Wow what a great interview, I knew she was a pretty inspirational woman already but so lovely to read an interview and get to know a bit more about the lady herself! Humming ‘outta love’ for the rest of the day now ? #brillblogpost
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  18. manstayshome

    Love the determination to get on with life and continue her career in the same way as ever, with the same energy and commitment.

    An inspirational person for sure!

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    • Honest Mum

      Absolutely, fabulous lady, so inspiring!
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    • Honest Mum

      The most amazing voice and woman, such a force x
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  19. Daisy

    What a fabulous woman! Love her spirit and courage! I can totally relate to her Modern Family addiction.
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    • Honest Mum

      Me too Daisy, fab show and what a woman Anastacia is!
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  20. Mama and More aka Zaz

    Incredible woman – what a brilliant interview; Anasticia is so positive and passionate, it’s a joy to read of someone who has triumphed over the beast that is cancer and is making the most of her life to continue to use her talents and also her voice for others. Wonderful warrior woman indeed! Fab interview Vicki xxxx

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    • Honest Mum

      So true, what a woman, thanks Zaz xx
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  21. Mirka Moore @Kahanka

    What a great interview. Amazing how positive and inspiring she is, and well done to her for beating cancer twice. You know we are going through a rough time with my mum, so seeing stories like this really help me to stay positive. thanks for sharing lovely xxx

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    • Honest Mum

      I know darling, thinking of you so much. Anastacia is proof that cancer can be beaten xx
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  22. Notmyyearoff

    Wow what a woman. I knew she’d beat cancer twice but not that she does this much for good causes and how she seems to just not stop. What an inspiration. Great interview!!

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  23. Babes about Town

    What a fabulous interview with such an inspirational woman. I love her positive attitude towards life and going after your dreams and she’s always seemed like someone with so much heart and passion in her music, great to see it coming through in her own words too. I didn’t realise she’d been through so much but it’s a testament to her strong will and ability to bounce back that she can still channel all that energy into performance, and also into giving her fans what they want. Great post! x
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  24. Ebabee

    Wow. I love her positivity and her determination – so inspiring. And her passion for what she does is so clear too. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing this Vicki xx

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  25. Sharmin

    Wow!Super nice interview and just love her spirit! Well done on getting her on the blog hon ? xxx

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  26. Juliet McGrattan

    Now, there’s a superstar! What really comes across in this interview is how much she enjoys what she does but above all, her love and appreciation for her fans. Very humbling. X
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  27. Mim

    Oh this is amazing – I LOVE Anastacia, her voice, her determination, her fight – she’s just wonderful. Thanks for this Vicki, awesome interview 🙂 x x

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  28. Steph

    I had no idea she had had cancer – let alone twice! I remember my dance teacher loved Anastacia when I was younger and she used to make us warm up to her records all the time! Glad she’s still touring and doing what she loves. Inspirational woman!
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  29. Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)

    Just wow. Such a fan of Anastasia and her amazing positivity is SO inspiring! Recovering from Cancer not once but twice might set others reeling but her learnings from that time are such powerful lessons for us all. Thank you so much for sharing this Vicki – one of my fav interviews yet!

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