Nathalie (singer)

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Nathalie playing in Padua on April 15, 2011
Background information
Birth nameNatalia Beatrice Giannitrapani
Born (1979-12-16) 16 December 1979 (age 38)
Rome, Italy
  • Singer-songwriter
  • actress
Years active2003–present
LabelsSony Music

Nathalie Beatrice Giannitrapani (born 16 December 1979), simply known as Nathalie, is an Italian singer-songwriter and actress. She rose to fame after winning the fourth series of the Italian version of The X Factor in 2010. Her winning single, "In punta di piedi", was released immediately after the final of the show, and debuted atop the FIMI Top Digital Downloads chart.

In 2011, Nathalie competed in the Big Artists section of the 61st Sanremo Music Festival, placing 7th in a field of 14 with the song "Vivo sospesa", which was released as the lead single from her debut album with the same title. Her second studio set, Anima di vento, was released on 17 September 2013.


Early life[edit]

Nathalie Beatrice Giannitrapani was born in Rome to a Sicilian father of Tunisian origin and a Belgian mother.[1] She began studying music at the age of 13 and writing her first songs at the age of 15, with lyrics in Italian, English and French (also speaking Spanish). Giannitrapani songs are composed in accompaniment of a guitar and piano.

In 1998, Giannitrapani was ranked third in the Spazio Aperto music competition. After winning the 2000 under-21 category in the Festival Fuoritempo, Giannitrapani returned in 2002 and received the best song award. In the same year Giannitrapani formed her first band, made up of artists; Marco Parente, La Crus and Max Gazzè. From 2003 to 2004, Giannitrapani joined the band "Damage Done", a nu metal band, with the single "Thorns" and an album of the same name. In October 2005 Giannitrapani participated in Biella Festival, placing second, in the following year she won the Premio SIAE per Demo. In 2006, the winner of the sixth edition of MArteLive. Giannitrapani has also worked in the staging of the musicals Les Misérables and The Neverending Story.

2010: X Factor and In punta di piedi[edit]

In 2010, Giannitrapani auditioned for the fourth series of the Italian X Factor, she passed to the live shows, and placed in the 25+ category, mentored by Elio. Reaching the final on 23 November 2010, Giannitrapani was proclaimed the winner of the show after a final public vote, securing a contract with record company Sony Music worth €300,000, thus becoming the first female winner in the series. Giannitrapani's debut single "In punta di piedi" was released as a digital download, on 24 November, and on CD on 30 November.

At a press conference presenting the fourth series of X Factor, Rai 2 director Massimo Liofredi announced that the winner of the competition "might" advance to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, rather than participate in the Sanremo Music Festival, like in previous years.[2][3] On 2 December 2010, it was confirmed that Italy would return to the Eurovision Song Contest having last participated in 1997, but it was later announced that the Italian representative would be chosen through an internal selection among contestants of the Sanremo Music Festival 2011.

2011-2012: Sanremo Music Festival and Vivo sospesa[edit]

In 2011, Giannitrapani compted in the "Big Artists" section of the 61st Sanremo Festival with her entry "Vivo sospesa". The song finished 7th in a field of 14 and was released as the lead single from Nathalie's debut studio album, titled Vivo sospesa and issued by Sony Music in February 2011.[4][5]

In 2011, Nathalie also dubbed Gloria in the Italian version of Happy Feet 2.[6] In 2012, Giannitrapani appeared as an actress during an episode of the fifth season of Italian comedy television series I Cesaroni.[7]

2013: Anima di vento[edit]

In August 2013, Nathalie released the single "Sogno d'estate", featuring Italian singer Raf.[8] The single preceded her second studio album, Anima di vento, released on 17 September 2013 and also featuring duets with Franco Battiato and Toni Childs.[9]



List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales, and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Vivo sospesa 6 84
Anima di vento
  • Released: 17 September 2013[12]
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Formats: CD, download

Extended plays[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales, and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
In punta di piedi
  • Released: 23 November 2010
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Formats: CD, download
"—" denotes extended plays that did not chart


List of singles, with chart positions, showing year released and album name
Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album or EP
"In punta di piedi" 2010 1 In punta di piedi
"Vivo sospesa" 2011 7 Vivo sospesa
"Sogno freddo"
"Mucchi di gente"
"Sogno d'estate"
(feat. Raf)
2013 Anima di vento
"—" denotes singles that did not chart

Other appearances[edit]

List of other album appearances
Contribution Year Album
"L'alba"[15] 2009 The Best of Demo, Vol. 5 by Various Artists
"Bette Davis Eyes"[16]
(Roberto Procaccini feat. Nathalie)
Trappola d'autore O.S.T.
"I'm Falling"[17]
(Massimo Nunzi with Nathalie)
2010 Crimini (La musica originale della seconda serie TV)
"Il mio canto libero"[18] 2011 Nata per unire
(Raf feat. Frankie Hi-NRG MC & Nathalie)
"Tu, forse non essenzialmente tu"[20] Dalla parte di Rino
"Non sento più niete"[21]
(Matteo Branciamore feat. Nathalie)
2012 Oro trasparente

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2006 SIAE Award Best Demo Herself Won
MArteLive Award Best song L'alba Won
2010 X Factor's Critics Award Critics Award Herself Won
2011 TRL Awards Best Talent Show Artist Herself Nominated


  1. ^ Martini, Davide. "Nathalie: l'anima dolce del rock" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 13 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  2. ^ Victor, Hondal (6 September 2010). "Italy might return to Eurovision in 2011". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 1 October 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  3. ^ Conti, Andrea (6 September 2010). "X Factor riparte da quattro giudici. Facchinetti: "Niente fango su Simona" - televisione -Tgcom - pagina 1" (in Italian). Mediaset. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Sanremo 2011 - Risultati Votazioni" (PDF) (in Italian). RAI. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Dischi in Vetrina - Nathalie - Vivo sospesa" (in Italian). 7 March 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Happy Feet 2, pietà per i pinguini e per il pubblico" (in Italian). 28 November 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  7. ^ "I Cesaroni, tante stelle per la quinta stagione" (in Italian). Yahoo!. 24 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Raf e Nathalie ancora insieme in Sogno d'estate" (in Italian). Radio Italia Solo Musica Italiana. 22 June 2013. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  9. ^ Sarah Benedetta Viola (31 August 2013). "Fra due settimane il nuovo disco di Nathalie: ecco qualche anticipazione..." (in Italian). Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Italian Charts – Noemi – Albums". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Swiss Charts – Nathalie - Albums" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Nathalie, arriva a settembre il nuovo album Anima di vento" (in Italian). 2 September 2013. Archived from the original on 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  13. ^ "Italian Charts – Nathalie – Songs". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Certificazione Single Digital - dalla settimana 1 del 2009 alla settimana 11 del 2012" (PDF) (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 May 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  15. ^ Elvira Speggio Colasurdo (27 January 2009). "Nuova compilation per Demo, show di Radio1 ora scaricabile sul Podcast, perchè dura di più" (in Italian). Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Trappola d'Autore O.S.T. - Roberto Procaccini". Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Crimini (La musica originale della seconda serie TV) di Various Artists" (in Italian). iTunes Store (Italy). Apple Inc. Archived from the original on 13 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  18. ^ "Sanremo 2011, esce 'Nata per unire': l'Italia cantata dagli artisti del Festival" (in Italian). 17 February 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  19. ^ Luca Bortolotti (3 December 2011). "Raf. Numeri, diario segreto di un artista di successo". la Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  20. ^ "Rino Gaetano, un album di cover per ricordarlo: il video di Nuntereggae più" (in Italian). 6 July 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  21. ^ "Matteo Branciamore duetta con Nathalie". TGCOM (in Italian). Mediaset. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2013.

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Preceded by
Marco Mengoni
X Factor (Italy)

Succeeded by
Francesca Michielin