Singer Anastacia has said she is hoping recent surgery on her neck will “superpower” her voice.
The 53-year-old star, known for hits I’m Outta Love and One Day in Your Life, had surgery on her neck earlier this year - about six weeks before she appeared on the Australian version of The Masked Singer which was filmed in July.
She said the procedure - which saw surgeons cut open the front of her neck near her vocal cords - was “scary” but suggested it might have actually had a positive impact on her singing.
Anastacia, who has recovered from breast cancer twice, suffered from Chron’s disease from her teens and battled heart condition supraventricular tachycardia, said: “There is never a year that goes by when I don’t enter a doctor’s office.
“I went to a wonderful doctor [for her neck] but then going into the front of the throat is always going to be a bit scary - the voice! [But now] do I feel like it is possible, my voice - not saying it is going to be stronger - but he has aligned my neck. He said when I am singing, I might feel, those high notes are easier. During The Masked Singer, by the time I got to those last songs I was like - ‘Girl!’ I am down with having a super powered [voice] especially after the pandemic.”
Speaking about the past two years, the singer said the various Covid lockdowns had been very unproductive for her creatively - admitting she struggled to find inspiration.
“I was not very talented at working from home,” she said. “I wasn’t like: ‘I have so many ideas.’ No. I just didn’t have the desire to create. I felt like: ‘What is wrong with me, why can’t I do it?’ I bought all the equipment, I put it into one of my bedrooms which is like a closet and has a lot of shoes - I called it my shoe-dio. But I just didn’t feel like I was able to be a normal artist.”
The singer was hoping to embark on a 20th anniversary tour last year which has now been postponed until 2022.
She admitted the pandemic meant she and her team were “winging it” in terms of the tour but added she was “positive” it would take place towards the end of 2022.
“We are winging it on, everyone is winging it especially with this new variant. What does it look like when I get on the road in a year? I don’t have a crystal ball, but I do have that optimism, that positivity, that feeling that slowly but surely we will get there.”
Details about the I’m Outta Lockdown tour can be found at www.anastacia.com/.