Natalie Di Luccio

Natalie Di Luccio (born 29 June 1989) is an Italian-Canadian classical-crossover singer from Toronto, Ontario.[1] She is often referred to as "Bollywood's Soprano" because of her unique renditions of Indian classics.

Natalie Di Luccio
Di Luccio performing at A.R. Rahman's concert in Chennai, India
Background information
Born (1989-06-29) 29 June 1989
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OriginWoodbridge, Ontario, Canada
GenresEasy listening, operatic pop, vocal
Occupation(s)Singer, playback singer
Years active2009–present
Associated actsA. R. Rahman, Sonu Nigam, Amit Trivedi

Her career began in 2010 when she released music videos on YouTube of Bollywood film songs, which went viral and caught the attention of Grammy and Oscar Award winning composer A. R. Rahman.[2] Di Luccio was later invited to perform with composer Amit Trivedi as well as on Coke Studio on MTV India.[3][4] She started her professional career in Bollywood with notable playback singer Sonu Nigam and has been a singer for various feature film soundtracks (English Vinglish, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, and Chennai Express).[3] Di Luccio has also worked with legendary Italian music producer Mauro Malavasi (Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti) in Bologna, Italy.[5]

Early life

Natalie Di Luccio was born on 29 June 1989 in Toronto, Ontario, and trained to be a classical singer. Her father is from Agropoli, Italy and her mother is from Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[6] She was a student at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts. She went to McGill University to study Western classical voice and pursue a career in music.[5] She has said that some of her musical influences growing up were singers like Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion and Josh Groban.[7]

Di Luccio began working with multi-platinum Canadian music producer Matthew Tishler at the age of 13 and continues to work with him today.[8]


Di Luccio's link with Bollywood started when she received a message over Myspace to record a small part in Sonu Nigam's devotional album, Maha Ganesha, in 2009.[5] She later went on to record a Michael Jackson tribute song with Sonu Nigam.[3]

Di Luccio shot to fame when she recorded and released on YouTube her version of a popular Bollywood song, "Tu Jaane Na". This music video reached over 1 million views overnight.[3] After her YouTube success she was asked to be a part of many reality shows including Indian reality TV show Bigg Boss, but rejected these offers to focus on her music.[9]

She performed with Amit Trivedi and Shriram Iyer the song "Bari Bari" produced by Amit Trivedi, on Coke Studio, Season 2 broadcast on MTV India and DD National (National Channel of India).[4]

In 2013, Di Luccio worked with Italian music producer Mauro Malavasi (Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti). She spent time in Bologna connecting with her roots and recording new material with Malavasi.[10]

In 2013, Di Luccio sang a Gujarati song called "Prarthana". This was the first time a western classical piece had been sung in this language.[11]

Di Luccio caught the attention of Grammy and Oscar winning composer A. R. Rahman and continues to join him on several occasions for live concerts across India.[3] She made her Tamil music debut with "Aila Aila" composed by Rahman for the film I directed by Shankar. She performed the song live at the televised audio launch in Chennai on September 15, 2014. The launch was witnessed by honorary guests Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rajnikanth.[12]

In May, 2015 Di Luccio was a TEDxGateway speaker in Mumbai at NCPA Theatre. She spoke about the importance of getting out of one's comfort zone and about how music brought her to India.[13]

Di Luccio has sung an Arabic piece for the soundtrack of the film "Muhammad: The Messenger of God" directed by Majid Majidi and composed by A.R.Rahman.[14]

Personal life

Di Luccio was in a relationship with Indian film and television actor Eijaz Khan from 2011 to 2015. They met on a plane during one of her initial visits to Mumbai. She said that Khan was the inspiration for her first Hindi song. Natalie got married to MTV Roadies creator Raghu Ram [15]


Di Luccio joined Season 4 of Life Mein Ek Baar, an adventure travel show on Fox Life India. The series was shot in Hong Kong and premiered on October 20, 2015.[16]

In May 2017, Di Luccio became a part of Nexa Journeys on the Asian Highway 1, a unique reality travel show which premiered on Discovery Channel India. Di Luccio, along with four known personalities (Saransh Goila, Pallavi Sharda, Taras Taraporvala, and Girish Karkera), drove all the way from India to Thailand via Myanmar on the Asian Highway 1. Di Luccio collaborated with many local musicians along the way, most notably with Rewben Mashangva in Kohima, Nagaland.[17]


YearFilmSongMusic director
2010Band Baaja Baraat"Aadha Ishq"Salim-Sulaiman
2011Chalo Dilli"Moments of Life"Rohit Kulkarni
2011Ladies vs Ricky Bahl"Fatal Attraction"Salim-Sulaiman
2012Bittoo Boss"Audi (Tenu Tak De)"Raghav Sachar
2012English Vinglish"Navrai Majhi"Amit Trivedi
2013Kadal"Anbin Vaasale (Italian Reprise)"A. R. Rahman
2013Chennai Express"Ready Steady Po"Vishal-Shekhar
2014I"Aila Aila"A. R. Rahman
2015Muhammad (SAL): The Messenger of God"The Sea Miracle"A. R. Rahman
2016 Zero "Eternal Love" Nivas K. Prasanna
2016 Befikra "Befikra" (English Vocals) Meet Bros

Music videos

  • "Tu Jaane Na" - released on YouTube September 29, 2010[18]
  • "Kahin To Hogi Wo" - released on YouTube November 2, 2010[19]
  • "Pehla Nasha" - released on YouTube April 28, 2011[20]
  • "Baby, Te Amo" - released on YouTube May 28, 2012[21]
  • "Prarthana" - released on YouTube Sept 19, 2013[22]
  • "Khuda Jaane/Wrecking Ball" - released on YouTube November 17, 2013[23]
  • "O Holy Night" - released on YouTube on December 12, 2013[24]
  • "Galliyan" - released on YouTube July 19, 2014[25]
  • "Aila Aila"
  • "Konjam Nilavu" - released on YouTube March 18, 2015[26]
  • "Hamari Adhuri Kahani" - released on YouTube August 20, 2015[27]
  • "A Dream from Rajasthan (Nella Fantasia)" - released on YouTube March 17, 2016 [28]


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  2. "This Opera-Style Indian Mashup Is So Good Even AR Rahman Couldn't Keep From Lauding It!". Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  3. Panikker, Rohit (15 May 2011). "Rahman is a true musician: Natalie Di". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  4. "Bari Bari" on YouTube
  5. Kay, Mayank. "Canada's Greatest Contribution to Indian Music- Natalie Di Luccio !". Liveo Magazine. Scientity Inc. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  6. Rakshit, Nayandeep. "Natalie Di Luccio speaks to BollyGraph!". Bollygraph. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  7. "Rahman is a true musician: Natalie Di". 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  8. "Working With The Maestro". Retrieved 2016-04-10.
  9. Jha, Sumit (28 September 2011). "Canadian singer Natalie Di Luccio rejects Bigg Boss". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  10. "Meet Canadian singer Natalie Di Luccio - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
  11. "Gujarati Opera - Prarthana - Rushi Vakil ft Natalie Di Luccio (Click Kar)". YouTube. 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  12. "What did Arnold Schwarzenegger tell Rajinikanth?". The Hindu. 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  13. "Natalie Di Luccio - TEDxGateway | Independently Organized TED Event". TEDxGateway. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  14. "Working with A R Rahman in 'Muhammad: The Messenger Of God' a learning experience: Natalie Di Luccio". The Indian Express. 2015-09-17. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  15. "Birthday boy Eijaz Khan's Canadian love story is just too sweet to ignore!". Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  16. "Working with A R Rahman a learning experience: Natalie Di Luccio". 2015-09-17. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  17. "What's next on NEXA Journeys".
  18. "Tu Jaane Na" on YouTube
  19. "Kahin To Hogi Wo" on YouTube
  20. "Pehla Nasha" on YouTube
  21. "Baby, Te Amo" on YouTube
  22. "Prarthana" on YouTube
  23. "Khuda Jaane/Wrecking Ball" on YouTube
  24. "O, Holy Night" on YouTube
  25. "Galliyan" on YouTube
  26. "Konjam Nilavu" on YouTube
  27. "Hamari Adhuri Kahani" on YouTube
  28. Natalie Di Luccio (2016-03-16), A Dream from Rajasthan (Nella Fantasia)- Natalie Di Luccio & Sawan Khan Manganiyar, retrieved 2016-04-10
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