Maria Nazionale was born in Torre Annunziata, near Neaples in 1969. Nazionale's musical career began in carnivals and wedding parties when she was 13 years old. Franco Chiaravalle discovered his wonderflu voice and proposed her to sign to EMI label. Her first album was "Maria Nazionale", she appeared in some local television networks to promote the album.
In 1984 Emi released "Adda passà 'a nuttata", inspired to the famous Eduardo De Filippo's work including traditional songs written during the American Occupation period until the end of the 60's.