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.
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 🙂
For more information check out Anastacia’s website.