Name: 安倍 なつみ (Abe Natsumi)
Date of birth: August 10th, 1981
Place of birth: Hokkaido, Japan
Date of debut: September 11th, 1997 (Member #5)
Graduated: March 31st, 2009
Natsumi Abe is a Japanese singer and actress.
She started her career as a member of the group Morning Musume in 1997, from which she graduated in 2003. She then became a soloist within Hello! Project, from which she graduated in 2009. She now works as a tv-personality and solo singer.
Abe is considered the face of Morning Musume, and in the early days she took the lead on many of the singles. For instance; Furusato is sung by Abe alone, while the rest of the group does the harmonies. Tsunku wrote about why she was chosen in a chapter in one of his books called "Love Theory - The Smiling Woman".
Tsunku had originally decided on Iida as being the lead singer of their debut single Morning Coffee, but changed his mind and chose Abe instead.
Abe released music until the announcement of her first pregnancy in late 2015. She has been part of 12 groups and released 10 albums, 14 singles, 2 special singles, and one digital single.