In 1999, she attracted the interest of record labels after making the finals of MTV talent show The Cut.

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The Cut was hosted by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of R&B and hip-hop group TLC.

A then-unknown Anastacia finished in second place, but impressed Lopes and the show's three judges so much that she scored herself a record deal anyway.

Anastacia was born in Chicago, Illinois into a showbiz family: her father Robert Newkirk was a singer and her mother Diane Hurley an actress in Broadway musical theatre.

Her family relocated to New York City when she was a teenager, after her Father left the Newkirk family.

While "I'm Outta Love" was a Top 10 song on the Hot Dance Club Play, "Not That Kind" only reached the lower parts of the Billboard Hot 100, since the single never managed to cross over to the American pop charts.

"Cowboys & Kisses" was released as the third single off the album, charting in the top 40 in some European countries.The success of "sprock" has influenced other artists. nk's album I'm Not Dead also touches on this style of music, as does some work by Ashlee Simpson and Charlotte Church.Jamelia's new album has much more rock fused into to her R'n B' sound e.g. Anastacia proved to be a smash hit reaching the top of the album charts in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, Greece, Germany, and Italy and number 2 in Portugal and Spain.However, her sophomore effort did beat its predecessor in her home country.Its debut single, "One Day in Your Life", though not a smash hit, just barely made the top 40 and was a #1 hit on the club charts and at rhythmic radio.She became famous for her trademark glasses (often darkly tinted), but had surgery to correct her vision permanently in August 2005.