Natalie Acciani (Ach-yah-knee) is a singer/songwriter from southern New Jersey. She began writing songs at age six and, as her passion for music continued to grow throughout her childhood, she began training vocally with world-renowned opera singer, Badiene Magaziner, when she was 13. Badiene helped develop and strengthen Acciani's four octave range, and Natalie has since been classically trained in opera, jazz, broadway, pop, and country.
At age 17 she taught herself to play guitar and began spending her free time writing songs. She started playing her original songs at local open mics where she received immediate attention for her vocal and writing ability; shortly after, she began giving full length shows in and around her hometown as well as some of the smaller venues in Philadelphia.
When Natalie turned 18, she began taking regular trips to Nashville, Tennessee to work with and learn from established songwriters and song publishers. It is in Nashville that Acciani honed her songwriting craft, though she credits the Philadelphia music scene for shaping her performance style.
Natalie’s stage presence and live shows have won her loyal fans and many opportunities: She has been lucky enough to open for several national touring acts including country music stars Chris Young and Zac Brown Band. She was also chosen to open for folk legend Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary), and was asked by Yarrow to join him on stage during his set to sing “500 Miles” as a duet.
Natalie has released several independent projects; the first, a full-length CD entitled “A Dangerous Thing” was released in 2010 and holds 11 of her original songs. It was recorded with and produced by Jimmy Heffernan, who has spent time touring as a band musician with country music stars Brad Paisley and Joe Diffie. “A Dangerous Thing” received several positive reviews, including one from the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her second project, “I Can Dream” is a 6-song EP that was released in 2012; it was recorded and produced by Grammy-winning producer, Glenn Barratt, out of MorningStar studios in Pennsylvania.
Acciani’s songs have been played on several radio stations in both the U.S. and Canada, and she has been featured in several newspapers across the country. She has played live shows in 10 different states.
In the time since her last studio release, Natalie has been using her music to create an outreach called “Don’t Forget To Love Yourself” which is targeted at teens and promotes building positive self-worth with the ultimate goal of suicide prevention. Natalie speaks at middle schools, high schools, and youth events and combines her original music with personal stories in programs meant to inspire teenagers to learn to love themselves and others. In the spring of 2015 Natalie turned Don’t Forget To Love Yourself into a non-profit organization, called DFTLY Foundation, which is in the process of obtaining 501(c)3 status. More information on DFTLY Foundation can be found on its official website, www.DFTLY.org.