Julia Michaels

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Julia Michaels
Michaels in 2017
Michaels in 2017
Background information
Birth nameJulia Carin Cavazos
Born (1993-11-13) November 13, 1993 (age 30)
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
OriginSanta Clarita, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2010–present

Julia Carin Michaels (née Cavazos; born November 13, 1993)[2][3] is an American singer and songwriter. She has received five Grammy Award nominations, including twice for Song of the Year and Best New Artist,[4] as well as nominations from MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and American Music Awards.

Born in Iowa and raised in California, Michaels began her career writing for other artists at the age of 16. Following her success as a writer, she signed to Republic Records in 2016[5] and released her debut single as a recording artist: "Issues" the following year, which peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified quintuple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Her debut major-label extended play, Nervous System was released in 2017 and peaked at number 48 on the Billboard 200 chart. Her debut studio album, Not in Chronological Order was released in 2021 to positive reception despite commercial failure. As a guest performer, she's appeared on JP Saxe's "If the World Was Ending", Clean Bandit's "I Miss You", and Keith Urban's "Coming Home".

As a songwriter, Michaels has written songs for artists including Selena Gomez, Olivia Rodrigo, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Hailee Steinfeld, and Gwen Stefani. She has earned two Billboard Hot 100 number one songs with Bieber's "Sorry" and Gomez's "Lose You to Love Me". In 2023, she wrote songs for Disney's centennial animated feature, Wish.

Early life[edit]

Julia Michaels was born in Davenport, Iowa, but moved to Santa Clarita, California, about 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles, with her family including her older sister Jaden who is also a songwriter.[citation needed] Her father is of Mexican and Puerto Rican[6][7] descent. He changed his name from Juan Manuel Cavazos to John Michaels to pursue an acting career.[2] Michaels began singing at age 12. When she was 14, she met songwriter Joleen Belle, with whom she wrote the theme song to Austin & Ally and many other songs for TV and film. At 19, she met Lindy Robbins, with whom she wrote "Fire Starter" for Demi Lovato and "Miss Movin' On" for Fifth Harmony.[8]

Michaels has said her inspirations include Fiona Apple, Lisa Mitchell, Laura Marling, Missy Higgins, Paramore, Juliet Simms, Sarah Blasko, and The Fray.[9] Michaels had been writing in the Hollywood Pop Circuits since she was 16. By the age of 20, she met her songwriting partner Justin Tranter—with whom she frequently collaborates—[10] and co-wrote songs for mainstream artists including Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and R5.[11] Together with the Norwegian musician Kygo she performed "Carry Me" at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[12]


At the age of 17, Michaels' first professional job was to write the theme song for the Disney Channel show Austin & Ally in 2010.[13] While doing demos in 2012, she took on another job by Disney as background vocals for the song "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen.[13]

In January 2017, Michaels released her first solo single, "Issues".[14] According to Michaels, many big-name artists fought for the song, but she kept it for herself. She said, "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." In April 2017, her new song "How Do We Get Back to Love" was premiered on the HBO series Girls.[15] Michaels's EP Nervous System was released on July 28, 2017.[16] Her second single "Uh Huh" was released on June 2, 2017.[17] From November 25 to December 6, 2017, Michaels was the opening act for Shawn Mendes's Illuminate World Tour on the Oceania Leg.[18]

At the 2018 Grammy Awards, she was nominated for two awards, Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Issues".[19] On February 8, 2018, "Heaven" was released which was included in the soundtrack for the film Fifty Shades Freed.[20] On May 4, 2018, "Jump" was released featuring Trippie Redd.[21] From March 12 to May 12, 2018, Julia was the opening act for the European dates of Niall Horan's Flicker World Tour.[22]

Michaels performing in 2018

From May 30 to October 15, 2018, Michaels was the opening act for Maroon 5's Red Pill Blues Tour on the North American leg.[23] She collaborated with Lauv on the single "There's No Way", released September 27, 2018.[24] In November 2018, she appeared on the soundtrack to the Disney film Ralph Breaks the Internet, where she performed "In This Place", a pop rendition of the film's musical number "A Place Called Slaughter Race."[25]

On December 21, 2018, Michaels was featured on 5 Seconds of Summer's song, "Lie to Me".[26] "Lie to Me" charted in multiple countries and was later certified platinum in Australia and Gold in Canada.[27][28]

From January 23 to February 5, 2019, Michaels opened for Keith Urban on the Australian leg of his Graffiti U World Tour.[29] On January 24, 2019, Michaels released her EP, Inner Monologue Part 1.[30] In June 2019, she began teasing songs from Inner Monologue Part 2, including "17" and "Falling for Boys".[31]

On May 11, 2020, Michaels appeared in the second-season episode of Songland and released the song "Give It to You".[32]

On October 1, 2020, Michaels released the song "Lie Like This" as the lead single from her forthcoming debut studio album.[33] On March 26, 2021, "All Your Exes" was released.[34] On April 14, Michaels announced the title of her album, Not in Chronological Order, and its release date of April 30, 2021.[35]

In 2023, she co-wrote songs for the Disney animated film, Wish.[36] Michaels was featured on NF's song "Gone" on his 2023 studio album Hope.

Personal life[edit]

After collaborating on "There's No Way", Michaels and fellow artist Lauv were in a relationship for several months at the end of 2018.[37]

In July 2019, Michaels started dating Canadian musician JP Saxe. This relationship arose from their collaboration on the duet "If the World Was Ending".[38] In September 2022, it was reported that they had broken up.[39]


Year Title Role Notes
2018 The Voice Herself Advisor for Team Adam Levine and musical guest: fourteenth season
Songwriter Herself Documentary
2019 American Idol Herself/guest performer seventeenth season: collaborated with Alyssa Raghu and Logan Johnson
2020 Songland Herself Episode: "Julia Michaels"
2023 Wish Songwriter
Glisten and the Merry Mission Cinnameg (voice)



  • Inner Monologue Tour (2019)
Opening act

Awards and nominations[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee(s) of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee(s)/work(s) Result Ref.
American Music Awards 2017 New Artist of the Year Herself Nominated [40]
ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2018 Winning Pop Songs "Issues" Won [41]
Astra Film Awards 2024 Best Original Song "This Wish" Nominated [42]
Billboard Music Awards 2017 Top Covered Artist "Issues" Nominated [43]
BMI London Awards 2019 Pop Award Songs "I Miss You" Won [44]
2020 "2002" Won [45]
BMI Pop Awards 2015 Award-Winning Song "Slow Down" Won [46]
2016 "Good for You" Won [47]
2017 "Close" Won [48]
"Hands to Myself" Won
"Sorry" Won
2018 "All in My Head (Flex)" Won [49]
"Heavy" Won
"Issues" Won
2020 "Drew Barrymore" Won [50]
2021 "If the World Was Ending" Won [51]
"Lose You to Love Me" Won
CMT Music Awards 2019 Video of the Year "Coming Home" Nominated [52]
Collaborative Video of the Year Won
Grammy Awards 2018 Best New Artist Herself Nominated [53]
Song of the Year "Issues" Nominated
2021 "If the World Was Ending" Nominated
2022 Album of the Year[a] Back of My Mind Nominated
2023 Best Country Song "Circles Around This Town" Nominated
Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2023 Original Song – Animated Film "This Wish" Nominated [54]
iHeartRadio Music Awards 2018 Best New Pop Artist Herself Nominated [55]
Best Remix "Friends" Nominated
2021 Best Lyrics "If the World Was Ending" Nominated [56]
MTV Video Music Awards 2017 Best New Artist Herself Nominated [57]
MTV Europe Music Awards 2017 Best New Nominated [58]
Best Push Nominated
  1. ^ as songwriter


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