Abe Natsumi (安倍なつみ) is a Japanese singer and actress. She is a former idol under Hello! Project as a founding member of Morning Musume. She was also a solo act during her time in the group and after her graduation. Later, she was also a part of the reunion groups Dream Morning Musume and Morning Musume 20th.
In Morning Musume, she often took the lead in the songs. As a soloist her combined CD and DVD sales exceed 700,000 copies in Japan alone. Abe's highest selling single is "22sai no Watashi".
Abe Natsumi was born on August 10, 1981 in Muroran, Hokkaido Prefecture.
On June 21, 1997, Abe participated in an audition held in Sapporo called Sharam Q Josei Rock Vocalist Audition. She automatically passed to the final, the only contestant to do so.
On July 29, Abe (along with 10 other people) had made it to the second stage of the audition, and was sent to training camp to practice her singing and dancing skills.
On July 31, they performed on stage in front of an audience, dancing as a group doing a choreography they had been practicing.
On August 20, Abe, along with Nakazawa Yuko, Ishiguro Aya, Iida Kaori, and Fukuda Asuka, had been invited back to the ASAYAN studio. They had a meeting with Sharam Q and a producer asking them if they wanted to debut as a group on the condition of selling 50.000 copies of a single within five days.
On September 7, Tsunku named the group Morning Musume, and they started voice training, shoot the CD cover for their indies single Ai no Tane, recorded the song, recorded and released the PV before embarking on the task in November.The quintet accomplished that task on November 30, after just 4 days.
In December, Morning Musume started recording three songs, where one of them would be released as their debut single in January. Iida Kaori was singing the lead vocals on Morning Coffee, but mid-recording Tsunku changed his mind and chose Abe for lead vocals instead.
On January 28, 1998, Morning Musume released their major debut single, Morning Coffee.
She released her first solo single, "22sai no Watashi," on August 13, just a few days after her 22nd birthday.
Abe also teamed up with Yosumi Keiko, a former member of Rokusenmon, as a so-called "mother and daughter" duo, and released a single to prepare her for her solo efforts.
On January 25, she graduated from Morning Musume to pursue a solo career.
On February 4, her first full length album, Hitoribocchi, was released, containing many solo versions of Morning Musume songs.
Near the end of the year, Abe Natsumi was accused of plagiarizing lines from popular poems and lyrics and publishing them within her own collections. The allegations cited excerpts from Nacchi, her essay book "Album - 1998–2003," and segments from her radio show where she would recite "original poetry." They were matched with works from Aiko, YUKI, Saeko Nishio, Sakaki Izumi, and Komuro Tetsuya.
Abe released a statement after the scandal, in which she admitted that the works she published were not entirely her own. In her apology, she explained that she was in the habit of keeping a notebook where she would write down phrases or ideas that sounded nice to her. When it came time to write, she would look at her notes without thinking about what inspired them, and accidentally plagiarized the works of others. As a result of the scandal, Abe was pulled from participation in major music programs, including the annual Kouhaku Uta Gassen where she had been scheduled to appear as a member of Nochiura Natsumi.
Prior to the scandal, Abe was scheduled to begin promoting the single "Nariyamai Tambourine." However, the release was canceled during her suspension and would not be released until 2008 on Abe's best album.
In January, fans organized the Nacchi Ouen Messeji Daihitsu Yousei (なっち応援メッセージ代筆要請 Nacchi Support Message Ghostwriter Request) in an attempt to convince Hello! Project management to allow Abe to return to entertainment activities. They asked for fans to submit postcards with supportive messages throughout the month of January, which they would deliver at the finale of Hello! Project 2005 Winter ~A HAPPY NEW POWER!~. In sum, 1550 messages were sent by fans throughout Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan. The individual cards were sent to the fanclub after the organizers decided to scrap their planned presentation at the winter concert finale, citing Iida Kaori's impending graduation as an event that deserved more focus.
Abe returned from suspension in March as she began promoting Nochiura Natsumi Concert Tour 2005 Haru "Triangle Energy". On April 20, she released her comeback single, "Yume Naraba".
In September, she became a member of the Hello! Project special unit DEF.DIVA together with Goto Maki, Ishikawa Rika, and Matsuura Aya. The single, "Takaramono," was also released in November credited as "Sen," who is the main character of the drama "Takaramono," played by Abe.
June saw Abe release "The Stress," a cover of the 1989 song by pop idol Chisato Moritaka.
On October 6, Abe was prosecuted after causing a traffic accident. According to police, she was making a right turn out of a car park on Sunday evening when she hit a motorbike. Abe was unhurt, but the motorbike rider suffered minor injuries to his elbow and back. At the time, Abe had her driver's license for less than a year and still had a learner's sticker on her car.
On October 5, Abe performed in an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Sunshine City building in Ikebukuro. She was joined by other artists who were popular in the 1980s, such as Hiroko Moriguchi and Ayumi Nakamura.
On March 31, Abe graduated from Hello! Project along with the rest of Elder Club.
From May 13 to June 21, Abe appeared in the musical Little Shop of Horrors playing the role of Audrey.
She joined the special unit for former Morning Musume members called Afternoon Musume that promoted Georgia Coffee drinks.
On January 28, it was announced that Abe was part of the OG member group Dream Morning Musume.
In May, it was announced that she would star in the drama adaptation of Arakawa Under the Bridge.
Abe played Lucy in the musical Dracula, based on a musical from Graz, Austria. The musical ran from August 20 to September 18.
Abe held her fanclub tour M-line club presents Abe Natsumi "Dekkaidoo~♪ Hokkaido!! Tour" from November 26 to 28, for 3 days and 2 nights at Hokkaido. 
On October 1, she was transferred to UP-FRONT CREATE.
On August 13, Abe released her first self-cover album titled Smile... ♥. This album include a re-arranged and re-recorded version of 10 songs that reflected Abe's history. With the announcement of this album, this was Abe's first solo work in 4 years, her last single being Ameagari no Niji no You ni which was released in September of 2010.
On June 17, Abe released her third original album, Dreams.
On November 14, Abe released her her 12th solo photobook, Fin no Hito.
On December 12, Abe performed at Fuji TV's 2015 FNS Kayousai.
On December 21, it was reported that Abe would be marrying actor Yamazaki Ikusaburo. They first met in July 2011, when they co-starred as a couple in the musical Arashi ga Oka (Wuthering Heights). A tabloid magazine reported a month afterwards in August that the two were dating, but both of their agencies denied they were in a relationship.
On December 29, Abe officially announced on her blog that she had gotten married to Yamazaki that day.
On May 10, Abe announced she is pregnant with her second child and was due to give birth in the fall.
On October 31, she and her husband made a joint announcement that their second son had been born.
- Birth/Stage Name: Abe Natsumi (安倍なつみ)
- Legal Name: Yamazaki Natsumi (山崎なつみ)
- Nickname: Nacchi (ナッチ)
- Birthdate: August 10, 1981
- Birthplace: Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan
- Blood Type: A
- Height: 152 cm (4 ft 11.8 in)?
- Western Zodiac: Leo
- Eastern Zodiac: Rooster
- Hello! Project Status:
- 1997-09-07: Member
- 1997-09-07: Morning Musume Member
- 2004-01-25: Graduated Morning Musume
- 2004-11-30: Suspended
- 2005-02-07: Member
- 2009-03-31: Graduated
- UP-FRONT GROUP Status:
- Years in Morning Musume: 6 Years
- Dream Morning Musume Color: Red
- Nochiura Natsumi Color: Red
- Audition Song: "FACE" by globe
- Hello! Project Groups:
- Shuffle Units:
- Main article: Abe Natsumi/Discography
- Studio Albums
- [2004.02.04] Hitoribocchi (一人ぼっち)
- [2006.03.29] 2nd ~Shimiwataru Omoi~ (2nd～染みわたる想い～)
- [2015.06.17] Dreams
- Mini Albums
- [2007.03.14] 25 ~Vingt-Cinq~ (25～ヴァンサンク～)
- Compilation Albums
- [2008.12.10] Abe Natsumi ~Best Selection~ 15 Shoku no Nigaoe Tachi (安倍なつみ 〜Best Selection〜 15色の似顔絵たち)
- Cover Albums
- Other Albums
- [2006.11.18] Musical "Hakujaden ~White Lovers~" Song Selection (ミュージカル「白蛇伝～White Lovers～」ソング・セレクション) (musical album)
- Major Singles
- [2003.05.01] Haha to Musume no Duet Song (with Yosumi Keiko) (母と娘のデュエットソング)
- [2003.08.13] 22sai no Watashi (22歳の私)
- [2003.11.19] Mirakururun Grand Purin! / Pi~hyara Kouta (as Purin-chan with Minihamus) (ミラクルルン グランプリン！/ピ〜ヒャラ小唄)
- [2004.06.02] Datte Ikitekanakucha (だって 生きてかなくちゃ)
- [2004.08.11] Koi no Telephone GOAL (恋のテレフォン GOAL)
- [2005.04.19] Yume Naraba (夢ならば)
- [2005.08.31] Koi no Hana (恋の花)
- [2005.11.30] Takaramono (as Sen) (たからもの)
- [2006.04.12] Sweet Holic (スイートホリック)
- [2006.06.28] The Stress (ザ・ストレス)
- [2006.10.04] Amasugita Kajitsu (甘すぎた果実)
- [2007.05.09] Too far away ~Onna no Kokoro~ (Too far away ～女のこころ～)
- [2007.10.24] Iki wo Kasanemashou (息を重ねましょう)
- [2008.01.16] 16sai no Koi Nante (with Yajima Maimi) (16歳の恋なんて)
- [2008.12.03] Screen (スクリーン)
- [2010.09.15] Ameagari no Niji no you ni (雨上がりの虹のように)
- Digital Singles
- [2013.08.13] Best Friend (2013.8.10 Birthday Live ver.)
- Fanclub CDs
- [2001.02.14] Manatsu no Tanjoubi (真夏の誕生日)
- Main article: Abe Natsumi Concerts
- Concert DVDs
- [2004.10.27] Abe Natsumi First Concert Tour 2004 ~Anata Iro~ (安倍なつみファーストコンサートツアー2004 ～あなた色～)
- [2005.xx.xx] Natsumi Abe '05 Revue & Concert "How Are You, Miss Murata?" in Nippon Seinen-kan
- [2006.01.25] Abe Natsumi Concert Tour 2005 Aki ~24 Carat~ (安倍なつみコンサートツアー2005秋 ～24カラット～)
- [2006.08.23] Abe Natsumi Concert Tour 2006 Haru ~Otomechikku Bank~ (安倍なつみコンサートツアー2006春 ～おとめちっくBａｎｋ～)
- [2006.12.27] NATSUMI ABE ACOUSTIC LIVE at Shibuya O-EAST
- [2007.07.11] Abe Natsumi Concert Tour 2007 Haru ~25 Vingt-Cinq~ (安倍なつみコンサートツアー２００７春 ２５～ヴァンサンク～)
- [2008.02.06] Abe Natsumi Special Live 2007 Aki ~Acoustic Nacchi~ (安倍なつみ Special Live 2007秋 ～Acousticなっち～)
- [2008.11.05] Abe Natsumi Birthday Special Concert
- [2009.01.28] Abe Natsumi Concert Tour 2008 Aki ~Angelic~ (安倍なつみコンサートツアー2008秋 ～Angelic～)
- [2009.11.11] Abe Natsumi Summer Live Tour 2009 ~Yappari Sneaker ga Suki~ -Tour FINAL- "Arata na Chikai" (安倍なつみ Summer Live Tour 2009～やっぱりスニーカーがすき！～Tour FINAL “新たな誓い”)
- [2011.03.02] Abe Natsumi Fall Tour 2010 ~Autumn Voice~ (安倍なつみ 秋ツアー2010～Autumn Voice～)
- [2012.08.10] Abe Natsumi Birthday Live 2012 ~thanks all~ (安倍なつみ Birthday Live2012 ～thanks all～)
- [2013.12.18] Birthday Live2013 +♪The Beating♪+
- [2014.12.17] Abe Natsumi Summer Live 2014 ~Smile...♥~ (安倍なつみSummer Live 2014 ～Smile...♥～)
- [2015.12.16] Abe Natsumi Birthday Special Live 2015 at LIQUIDROOM (Blu-ray)
- Other DVDs
- [2004.07.28] Abe Natsumi ~Morning Musume Sotsugyou Memorial~ (安倍なつみ〜モーニング娘。卒業メモリアル〜)
- [2002.12.04] Hello! Project Douyou Eizou Shuu ~Ponkikies21~
- [2003.05.01] Atarashii Douyou
- [2005.11.02] Alo-Hello! Abe Natsumi DVD (アロハロ! 安倍なつみ DVD)
- [2006.12.20] Abe Natsumi Single V Clips 1 (安倍なつみ シングルVクリップス①)
- [2007.03.28] Alo-Hello! 2 Abe Natsumi DVD (アロハロ! 2 安倍なつみ DVD)
- [2008.09.03] Nacchural.
- [2010.11.03] Natsumi (夏海)
- Main article: Abe Natsumi/Publications
- [1999.12.XX] Nacchi (ナッチ)
- [2001.11.11] Natsumi (なつみ)
- [2004.02.25] Deai (出逢い)
- [2005.05.27] Fu
- [2005.11.01] Alo-Hello! Abe Natsumi' (アロハロ!)
- [2006.06.12] Écru
- [2007.03.28] sCene
- [2007.11.25] Cám Ơn
- [2008.08.27] End Of Summer
- [2010.10.30] Natsu-Mi
- [2012.07.14] Subway
- [2015.11.14] Fin no Hito (Finの人)
- [2003.04.XX] Album - 1998–2003
- [2003.07.XX] Sensei no Dōyōki Ushitsu Isshoni Utaō! Kuizu Tsuki Dōyō Zenshū (せんせいのどうようきょうしついっしょにうたおう!―クイズつき童謡全集)
- [2003.09.XX] 22 Sai no Nacchi (22歳のなっち)
- [2003.10.XX] Believe
- [2004.05.21] Abe Natsumi Photo & Essay Yōkō (Hikari) (安倍なつみフォト&エッセイ 陽光（ひかり）)
-  Morning Musume no Heso (モーニング娘。のへそ)
-  Friday Night wa Onegai! Morning (フライデーナイトはお願い!モーニング)
- [2000-2007] Hello! Morning (ハロー！モーニング。)
- [2002-2004] TinTin TOWN (ティンティンTOWN!)
-  Futarigoto (二人ゴト)
-  Taiyo musume to umi (太陽娘と海)
-  Aiken Rosinante no Sainan ~Mukai Ryūta no Dōbutsu Nikki! (向井荒太の動物日記～愛犬ロシナンテの災難～)
-  Saigo no Natsuyasumi (最後の夏休み )
-  Shinshun Wide Jidaigeki Mibugishiden~Shinsengumi (新春ワイド時代劇 壬生義士伝～新撰組 )
-  Nurseman (ナースマン)
-  Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (時をかける少女 )
-  Mikeneko Holmes no Hanzaigaku Kouza (三毛猫ホームズの犯罪学講座 )
-  Liliput Oukoku (リリパット王国) (Voice actor)
-  Last Present (ラストプレゼント)
-  Koinu no Waltz (仔犬のワルツ)
-  Takaramono (たからもの)
-  The Hit Parade ~Geinoukai wo Kaeta Otoko, Watanabe Shin Monogatari (ザ・ヒットパレード～芸能界を変えた男・渡辺晋物語～ )
-  Prison Girl (プリズンガール)
-  Konyakusha Kara no Isho ~Tokoutain ni Sasageta 60nen Ai~ (婚約者からの遺書～特攻隊員に捧げた60年愛～ )
-  Natsugumo Agare (夏雲あがれ )
-  Arakawa Under the Bridge (荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ)
-  ATARU
-  Osu!! Fundoshi Bu! Season 2 ~Nankai Doto hen~ (押忍!!ふんどし部! シーズン2 〜南海怒濤篇〜)
- [2006-10-13] Hello Pro Yanen!! (ハロプロやねん!!)
- [1999-2000] Abe Natsumi no Super Morning Rider (安倍なつみのスーパーモーニングライダー )
- [2001-2003] Morning Musume Abe Natsumi no Airmoni (モーニング娘。安倍なつみのエアモニ。)
-  TBC FUN Field Moretsu Moodush (TBC FUNふぃーるど・モーレツモーダッシュ)
- [2008-2009] InterFM "FIVE STARS" (on Mondays) (インターFM 「FIVE STARS」)
- [2009-] bayfm FRIDAY NIGHT MEETING (Anata ni Aetara) (安倍なつみ「あなたに会えたら」)
-  Love Century - Yume wa Minakerya Hajimaranai
-  Morning Town
-  Morning Musume Shuen Musical Edokko Chuushingura
-  Okaeri. (おかえり。)
-  Ribbon no Kishi The Musical
-  Hakujaden ~White Lovers~ (白蛇伝～White Lovers～)
-  Gekidan Senior Graffiti Showa Kayo Theater "FAR AWAY"
-  Turandot (トゥーランドット)
-  Sanmon Opera (三文オペラ)
-  Little Shop of Horrors (リトルショップ・オブ・ホラーズ)
-  Abe Naikaku (安倍内閣)
-  Kotekino Kanata (狐笛のかなた)
-  Arashi ga Oka (嵐が丘; Wuthering Heights)
-  Dracula (ドラキュラ)
-  Watashi no Atama no Naka no Keshigomu 4th letter (私の頭の中の消しゴム 4th letter)
-  100 Sai no Shounen to 12 tsu no Tegami (100歳の少年と12通の手紙)
-  Inori to Kaibutsu ~Wiruviru no San Shimai~ (祈りと怪物〜ウィルヴィルの三姉妹〜)
-  Tsuji hitonari sonogo no futari (辻仁成 その後のふたり)
-  Re: Earl E. (Re:（アール・イー）)
-  Paco〜Paco to Mahou no Ehon〜 from Gama Ouji vs Zarigani Majin (Paco〜パコと魔法の絵本〜 from 「ガマ王子vsザリガニ魔人」)
-  Ano Koro Bokura Ha Penny Lane De (あの頃僕らはペニーレインで)
-  Morning Cop (モーニング刑事。)
-  Pinch Runner (ピンチランナー)
-  Tottoko Hamutarou - Hamu Hamu Hamuuja! Maboroshi no Princess (とっとこハム太郎 ハムハムハムージャ！幻のプリンセス)
-  Tokkaekko (とっかえっ娘。)
-  Koinu Dan no Monogatari (仔犬ダンの物語, "Puppy Dan's Story")
-  Tottoko Hamutarou - Hamu Hamu Grand Prix Aurora Tani no Kiseki - Ribbon-chan Kiki Ippatsu (とっとこハム太郎 ハムハムグランプリン オーロラ谷の奇跡 リボンちゃん危機一髪!)
-  Arakawa Under the Bridge (荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ)
-  Glico Mousse Pocky
-  Kanebo Shampoo SALA
-  Calorie Mate Jelly
-  Georgia GABA
-  Sea Cop
- [2006-] Milk Land Hokkaido (narrator only)
- Attended Hokkaido Noboribetsu High School (currently known as Hokkaido Noboribetsu Seiryou High School).
- Tsuji Nozomi calls her "Nachimi." Nakazawa Yuko and Yasuda Kei sometimes call her "Natsuan." Rinne was the first person to call her "Naccho." Yaguchi Mari calls her "Nacchio."
- Abe has credited her desire to become a singer during her time in middle school when she was feeling depressed after being bullied. She heard JUDY AND MARY's "Chiisa na Koro Kara" playing on the radio. Even now, she still has a great deal of respect for YUKI, the former lead singer of the band.
- Abe got the name of "Natsumi" from a 1979 TV drama series called "Chotto My Way" in which Momoi Kaori played the main character named "Asai Natsumi," and Abe's mother decided to name her daughter "Natsumi."
- As shown on ASAYAN, she originally wasn't the main vocalist for Morning Coffee. Iida Kaori was originally the main vocalist.
- She is pretty good at table tennis.
- She and Iida Kaori were both born in the same hospital. They share the same birthday month with only 2 days apart.
- She is the fourth former Morning Musume member to only graduate from Morning Musume and not Hello! Project. The first being Nakazawa Yuko, the second being Goto Maki, and the third being Yasuda Kei.
- Niigaki Risa is actually her fan.
- She traveled to London in 2013.
- In some episodes of Ayaka's Surprise English Lessons she managed to escape from Ayaka.
- Her sister Abe Asami has the same given name as SI☆NA member Abe Asami.
Total Sales Count
|Year||Year Sales||Total Sales|
|Leader of Morning Musume Sakura Gumi
2003 – 2004
|Oldest Member of Morning Musume Sakura Gumi
2003 – 2004
|Hello! Project Shuffle Units|