Natsumi Abe was born in Muroran, Hokkaidō Prefecture, Japan. Her nickname is Nacci or Nacchi. Her younger sister, Asami Abe, is also a J-pop singer.
Abe was one of the first members of the group chosen in 1997. She was also the lead girl for many of the singles especially before Maki Goto joined, most notable in “Furusato” where all the other girls sang harmonies/back-up only. Abe has had a few solo songs including the theme for a commercial she was in, and “Otoko Tomodachi” from Morning Musume’s 4th album Ikimasshoi!. She also has lead roles in Morning Musume productions like their play, Love Century and their movie, Pinch Runner. Abe also has done quite a bit of acting in television dramas such as Nurseman.
Abe has never been a part of a Morning Musume subgroup but has led each shuffle group she has been in. She was also the lead of Morning Musume Sakura Gumi until her graduation at the end of the Hello! Project Winter tour on January 25, 2004.
Abe’s musical style remains similar to that of Morning Musume, centering around light hearted pop and ballads.
Official Website: http://www.abe-natsumi.com/