Natalie Acciani (Ah-chyah-knee) was born and raised in southern New Jersey where she was introduced to country music at an early age. Growing up listening to her local country radio station, she fell in love with the power of music and would spend hours each day singing along to her favorite artists, dreaming of one day becoming a part of the country music world.
At 13 Natalie began training vocally with world-renowned opera singer Badiene Magaziner who helped Natalie develop and strengthen her 3 octave range. She has been classically trained in opera, jazz, Broadway, pop and country. Her melodic voice and impressive range grabs audiences’ attention and forces them to stop and listen.
In high school Natalie participated in award-winning choirs and auditioned small music groups, as well as musicals. She taught herself to play guitar at age 17 and shortly after began performing her original songs at local open mics and coffeehouses. Songwriting and performing became a passion..
Natalie met a few seasoned musicians through the local music scene that were impressed by her raw talent and encouraged and helped her to find herself musically. She began giving full-length shows of original material in small venues in and around Philadelphia. Natalie spent four weeks in Nashville in the summer of 2009 where she was able to meet and work with established songwriters. Her craft and confidence grew as she shared the stage with some of Nashville’s best songwriters who fell in love with her voice and encouraged her to keep writing everyday. After returning to South Jersey, Natalie began work on her debut album and continued to play out whenever and wherever she could.
On her self-released debut CD, “A Dangerous Thing”, Natalie combines her love for country music with catchy pop melodies and rock beats, while her lyrics give depth to each track. Produced by Jimmy Heffernan and co-produced by Natalie, it holds 11 of her original songs including one dedicated to her friend, Jake, who passed away from cancer in 2009. Proceeds from Jake’s Song are being donated to the foundation set up in his name: The Jake Wetchler Foundation for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research. For more information about Jake and this foundation, please visit www.dontletthecancerwin.org.