"Staring at the Sun" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Anastacia from her sixth studio album, Resurrection (2014). It was written by Louis Biancaniello, Marley Munroe and Sam Watters and produced by the Watters and Biancaniello. The song was digitally released by BMG Rights as the second single from the album on August 25, 2014.
According to Marcus Floyd of Renowned for Sound, "Staring at the Sun" is a "strong opening number" for the album where "you can hear and relate to the pain Anastacia clearly expresses with that voice of hers". Stating that the song recalls the "Anastacia’s signature sound", Pip Ellwood-Hughes of Entertainment Focus wrote that "Staring at the Sun" with her "powerful" and "soulful" vocals tear through a midtempo beat signalling that she’s back and ready to take on the charts once again. Jazz Tangcay of So So Gay considers the "perfect" song to open the album. Tangcay also stressed the vocal performance of singer in "Staring at the Sun", writing "it serves as a reminder to its listeners of just who Anastascia is and just what she’s vocally capable of". Paul Leake of Click Music comments that in the song Anastacia instead of focusing on the sad moments of her breakdown of her marriage, she use your voice to show their "undeniable resilience".
On September 17, 2014, a music video for the song was released on Anastacia's official YouTube account. The music video for "Staring at the Sun" was directed by DJay Brawner and producer Anthem Films. On October 24, 2014, was released a music video for "Staring at the Sun (Digital Dog Remix)", which was directed by Ricki Neil.
Formats and track listings
- Digital EP
- Digital Remix EP
Credits and personnel
Credits taken from Resurrection liner notes.
- Vocals: Anastacia
- Background vocals: Felicia Barton
- Writing: Louis Biancaniello, Marley Munroe, Sam Watters
- Producing: Sam Watters, Louis Biancaniello
- Keyboards and programming: Louis Biancaniello
- Mixed: Al Clay at Westside Pacific
- Mastered: Pat Sullivan at Bernie Grundman