A diva is resurrected.
Anastacia Newkirk was one of the world’s biggest pop stars in the early noughties, scoring a series of memorable charttoppers like I’m Outta Love and Left Outside Alone. In the middle of the decade, she ditched her trademark snazzy glasses following laser surgery and then tragedy struck – Anastacia was diagnosed with cancer. Twice.
After undergoing a double mastectomy, she was finally declared cancer-free in 2013 and returned to her first love: making music. Her latest album, Resurrection, is a true return to form with plenty of big ballads and vocals. Anastacia was also in fine form when DNA caught up with her for a chat… DNA: Anastacia, it’s great to have you back. How are you doing? Anastacia: Really well, thank you. It’s great being back and having the opportunity to share my new music after all this time. We’ve been worried about you! Are you all good again? Don’t worry [laughs]! You know I like a challenge. Yes, so far so good. One of your new songs, Broken Wings, is like you updating I Will Survive. Ha! That’s an interesting analogy. I guess it is, but it’s more than just surviving. It’s about taking a hurdle and rising way up high above it. Sometimes things get in the way but determination is the key. It’s like the ultimate power ballad and truly soars. Was that the intention? Yes. It’s a song that is really in my heart. To me, it soars and the hope was that other people would be moved by it in the same way I am when I sing it. The whole Resurrection album is written from the heart and the soul, right? Most certainly. It was a cathartic process while I was going through discovery and recovery. Another of the tracks, Dark White Girl, seems to be you chipping away at your early critics? I wouldn’t say its me chipping away at critics, it’s just standing by who I am and what I represent. Do you ever think you are ten years ahead of the crowd, like Iggy Azalea? I’m not sure what that means, exactly, but she’s awesome! Fresh, talented and unique. How long was this album in the works? About a year, roughly, but obviously there was a break while I was having the double mastectomy, so although I was always thinking of ideas I wasn’t in the studio for a while. When did you feel able to get back to work?