Natalie Acciani (Ach-yah-knee) was born and raised in southern New Jersey, just 20 miles East of Philadelphia. Writing her first song at age six, music became an important part of her life at an early age.
At 13 she began training vocally with world-renowned opera singer Badiene Magaziner who helped Natalie develop and strengthen her 4 octave range. She has been classically trained in opera, jazz, broadway, pop and country.
In high school Natalie participated in multiple award-winning choirs and auditioned small music groups as well as several musicals. She taught herself to play guitar at age 17 and soon after began performing her original songs at local venues around her hometown.
Natalie has spent a good deal of time in Nashville learning from and working with established songwriters. She has been lucky enough to open for several national touring acts including country music star, Chris Young and folk legend, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary).
She has recorded and released two independent projects: her debut CD (A Dangerous Thing) holds 11 of her original songs and her latest project (an EP entitled "I Can Dream") holds 6 of her originial songs. A Dangerous Thing was produced by Jimmy Heffernan and I Can Dream was recorded with Grammy-winning producer Glenn Barratt.
Natalie has recently devoted her time to creating an outreach called "Don't Forget To Love Yourself" (DFTLY for short). DFTLY focuses on emotional healing, building self-worth & suicide prevention. Her main goal with DFTLY is to use her music to help others who are struggling with low self-worth and negative self-image learn to heal. The website can be found at wwwDontForgetToLoveYourself.com.