ANASTASIAWASHINGTON is an actress, writer, singer, comedian and filmmaker. She has recorded with artists like Michael Jackson, and Harry Connick Jr. and made appearances on The Addams Family Series, Die Hard 2 and La Femme Nikkita. She has been a featured writer on LadySpike with her piece “8 Things Not To Say To Your Biracial Friend.” Her comedic genius rolls over into creating parody songs as well.
These are the songs that make up the soundtrack of her life!
“You Don't See Me” Josie and The Pussycats
Beyonce, Aaliyah and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (TLC) auditioned for the role of Valerie Brown, played by Roasario Dawson in the film. Producers wanted someone who could do comedy and Beyonce was “quiet and shy” while Aaliya was “serious and thoughtful.”
“My Sharona” The Knack
Lead singer Doug Fieger wrote the lyrics about a girl he liked. Doug was already in a long term relationship and met Sharona Alperin, who was dating someone else at the time. Doug walked into the clothing shop she worked at and spotted the high school student and became immediately smitten. Doug broke up with his girlfriend and professed his love for Sharona. Sharona and her boyfriend often went to The Knack concerts and Doug would still hit on her. It took over a year but Sharona finally gave in and the two started dating. They dated for 4 years but Sharona broke it off because touring and Doug's alcoholism became too much for her.
“I'm So Proud” The Impressions
Originally founded as The Roosters....Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield met while singing in the same Church Choir in Chicago. They joined a doo-wop group in 1957 in Chattanooga, Tennesee with Sam Gooden and Richard Brooks.
“Run To You” Whitney Houston
This was actually written as a break up song, but the director of “The Bodyguard,” Mick Jackson wanted to use it earlier in the film so he called the writers and asked for entirely new lyrics.
Christina Aguilera admitted to practicing this song for hours to prove she had the vocal range needed to sing “Reflection”from Mulan.
“Nasty Boy” Janet Jackson
Janet says this song was based on an experience she had while walking from her hotel to her studio in Minneapolis. There were a bunch on men outside just hanging around and saying really sexual stuff. She went into the studio and started working on the song right after that. Paula Abdul choreographed this music video and even appears as a friend.