安倍なつみ (Abe Natsumi) was one of the first five members of Japanese pop group モーニング娘。 (Morning Musume) in 1997. She often took the lead in the group's songs, on occasion singing the entire lead vocal with the other girls acting as backup singers. In 2004, she graduated from the group to pursue a solo career.
In 2003 Abe teamed up with 四角佳子 (Yosumi Keiko), a former member of 六文銭 (Rokumonsen), as a so-called "mother and daughter" duo and released a single to prepare her for her solo efforts. To date she has released two albums, 1 mini-album, 1 best album and eleven solo singles. In late 2004 she was temporarily suspended for plagiarism, but as of early 2005, she is once again recording and performing.
As of February 2009, Abe graduated from Hello! Project along with the rest of Elder Club and is under Up Front Agency and the M-line Fanclub.
Abe's younger sister 安倍麻美 (Abe Asami) started a musical career of her own in 2003.
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