Gauci studied at Emmaus College, Vermont South before studying music at the Victorian College of the Arts, and from the age of 17 began writing songs.
Gauci went on to form the Natalie Gauci Band with fellow Melbourne musicians. The band played soul, pop, and jazz at local pubs, clubs, weddings, and corporate functions around Melbourne, while also working as a music teacher at the Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy.
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She performed as a session musician, and began writing and producing her debut EP. Take It or Leave It was released in 2006, and appeared on the Billboard World Songwriting Contest top 500 in 2007. Gauci then performed in Los Angeles as part of the "Oz City Song Circle."
After an appearance on Triple J Unearthed, she successfully auditioned for the 2007 series of Australian Idol. Gauci went on to win the series, defeating Matt Corby in the Grand Final.
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