Julia Carin Cavazos (born November 13, 1993), 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), followed by her debut extended play, Nervous System (2017).
Early life and songwriting
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. 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.
Michaels has said her inspirations include Fiona Apple, Lisa Mitchell, Laura Marling, Missy Higgins, Paramore, Juliet Simms, Sarah Blasko, and The Fray.
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. Together with the Norwegian musician Kygo she performed "Carry Me" at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
2017–present: Solo singing career
In January 2017, Michaels released her first solo single, "Issues". "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.
In April 2017, Michaels' new song "How Do We Get Back to Love" was premiered on the HBO series Girls.
Michaels' EP Nervous System was released on July 28, 2017. Her second single "Uh Huh" was released on June 2, 2017.
In August 2017, Julia Michaels co-wrote "Friends" with lead singer, Justin Bieber and Bloodpop. Working with Michael Diamond and Justin Tranter, the camp that brought "Sorry", Justin Bieber's hit track. On November 19 2017, a remix of "Friends was to be released featuring vocals of Julia Michaels joining Bieber on the track "remix".