A diva is res­ur­rected.

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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?

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