Julia Michaels

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Julia Michaels
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Michaels performing during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
Background information
Birth name Julia Carin Cavazos
Born (1993-11-13) November 13, 1993 (age 24)
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
Origin Santa Clarita, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
Years active 2010–present
Labels Republic
Associated acts Justin Tranter, Linkin Park, Maroon 5

Julia Carin Cavazos (born November 13, 1993),[1][2] known by her stage name Julia Michaels, is an American singer and songwriter from Davenport, Iowa. She began performing as a teenager and later began writing songs that were given to other high-profile artists, most notably Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, Hailee Steinfeld, and Gwen Stefani. Michaels signed with Republic Records released her debut solo single in 2017, "Issues", which peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and was certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[3] followed by her debut extended play, Nervous System (2017).


Early life and songwriting[edit]

Julia Michaels was born in Davenport, Iowa but moved to Santa Clarita, California, north of Los Angeles, with her family including her older sister Jaden who is also a songwriter. Her father, Juan Manuel Cavazos, is Puerto Rican, and changed his name to John Michaels to pursue an acting career,[1] she began singing at age 12. When she was 14, she met songwriter Joleen Belle, with whom she wrote "Austin and Ally Theme" and many other songs for TV and Film, as well as her first 5 song EP, at 19 she met Lindy Robbins, with whom she wrote "Fire Starter" for Demi Lovato and "Miss Movin' On" for Fifth Harmony.[4]

Michaels has said her inspirations include Fiona Apple, Lisa Mitchell, Laura Marling, Missy Higgins, Paramore, Juliet Simms, Sarah Blasko, and The Fray.[5]

Michaels had been writing in the Hollywood Pop Circuits since she was 16. When she was 20, she met her songwriting partner Justin Tranter with whom she frequently collaborates.[6] Together with the Norwegian musician Kygo she performed "Carry Me" at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.[7]

2017–present: Solo singing career[edit]

In January 2017, Michaels released her first solo single, "Issues".[8] "It was the first time I'd written a song that sounded so much like myself that I couldn't picture anyone else singing it," Michaels said. According to Michaels, many big name artists fought for the song, but Michaels kept the song for herself.[9]

In April 2017, Michaels' new song "How Do We Get Back to Love" was premiered on the HBO series Girls.[10]

Michaels' EP Nervous System was released on July 28, 2017,[11] her second single "Uh Huh" was released on June 2, 2017.[12]

On August 17, 2017, Justin Bieber and BloodPop® released their single, "Friends"[13], which was co-written by Michaels, along with the song's artists, and Justin Tranter. On October 20, 2017, a remix of "Friends" was released, featuring vocals from Michaels herself.[14]

On November 25, 2017 through to December 6, 2017, Michaels will be the opening act for Shawn Mendes' Illuminate World Tour on the Oceania Leg of the tour.[15]


Extended plays

Awards and nominations[edit]

American Music Awards[edit]

Created by Dick Clark in 1973, the American Music Awards is an annual music awards ceremony and one of several major annual American music awards shows. Michaels has one pending nomination.

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2017 New Artist of the Year Herself Nominated [16]

Billboard Music Award[edit]

The Billboard Music Awards are held to honor artists for commercial performance in the U.S., based on record charts published by Billboard magazine.[17] Michaels has received one nomination.

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2017 Top Covered Artist "Issues" Nominated [18]

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

The MTV Video Music Awards was established in 1984 by MTV to award the music videos of the year.[19] Michaels has one pending nomination.

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2017 Best New Artist Herself Nominated [20]

MTV Europe Music Awards[edit]

The MTV Europe Music Awards were established in 1994 by MTV Europe. Michaels has two pending nominations.

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2017 Best New Herself Nominated
Best Push Nominated


  1. ^ a b Savage, Mark (30 July 2017). "Julia Michaels: 'Dare to suck'". Retrieved 15 August 2017 – via www.bbc.com. 
  2. ^ "Women In Music: Hitmakers from Behind the Scenes". Billboard. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Gold & Platinum: Michaels, Julia". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved Aug 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ Kimpel, Dan. "Julia Michaels -- Pop's Mystery Girl". Music Connection. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Noonan, Heather (20 July 2010). "Julia Michaels Releases Debut Self-titled EP, Available Everywhere July 20th Through SA TrackWorks". PRweb. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Hey Qween (23 May 2016). "Semi Precious Weapons' Justin Tranter On Hey Qween with Jonny McGovern" – via YouTube. 
  7. ^ Iasimone, Ashley. "Rio Olympics 2016 Closing Ceremony Highlights: Kygo and Julia Michaels Perform 'Carry Me,' Simone Biles Makes History & More". Billboard. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Stutz, Colin. "Hit Songwriter Julia Michaels Releases Debut Single 'Issues': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "The 35 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2017". EW.com. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  10. ^ Graves, Shahlin (12 April 2017). "Julia Michaels previews new song 'How Do We Get Back to Love' on 'Girls'". Coup De Main Magazine. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  11. ^ Shcherbakova, Liza (July 19, 2017). "Julia Michaels Announces 'Nervous System,' Her Debut 'Mini-Album'". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  12. ^ Wass, Mike (1 June 2017). "Julia Michaels' "Uh Huh" Is Every Bit As Catchy As "Issues"". idolator. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  13. ^ "Friends - Single by Justin Bieber & BloodPop® on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved November 13, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Friends (Remix) [feat. Julia Michaels] - Single by Justin Bieber & BloodPop® on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved November 13, 2017. 
  15. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illuminate_World_Tour
  16. ^ "Here Is the Full List of 2017 AMAs Nominations". Billboard. October 12, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2017. 
  17. ^ "About | Billboard Music Awards". Billboard Music Awards. Retrieved July 30, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Billboard Music Awards Teams With Musical.ly for Fan-Voted Honor". 
  19. ^ "About the show". MTV. Archived from the original on February 12, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  20. ^ "VMAs: Kendrick Lamar Tops Nominations as MTV Continues to Eliminate Gendered Categories". The Hollywood Reporter. July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017.