Julia Michaels

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Julia Michaels
Julia Michaels Grammy Museum 14 (cropped).jpg
Michaels in November 2017
Background information
Birth nameJulia Carin Cavazos
Born (1993-11-13) November 13, 1993 (age 26)
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
OriginSanta Clarita, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
Years active2010–present
Associated acts

Julia Carin Cavazos (born November 13, 1993),[1][2] known professionally as Julia Michaels, is an American singer and songwriter from Davenport, Iowa. She began her career as a pop music songwriter, penning tracks that have been recorded by Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Hailee Steinfeld, and Gwen Stefani. Michaels released her debut solo single with Republic Records in 2017, "Issues", which peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, was certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and garnered her Grammy Award nominations for Song of the Year and Best New Artist.[3] Her major-label debut extended play, Nervous System (2017), peaked at number 48 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. She has also received nominations for MTV Music Video, Billboard Music, and American Music Awards.

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. Her father is Mexican-Puerto Rican and changed his name from Juan Manuel Cavazos to John Michaels to pursue an acting career.[1] 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.[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] She is credited with writing hits for artists including Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Fifth Harmony.[7] Together with the Norwegian musician Kygo she performed "Carry Me" at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[8]


In January 2017, Michaels released her first solo single, "Issues".[9] "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. For the song she gained much notoriety and fame, and became a standout new star of 2017. In April 2017, her new song "How Do We Get Back to Love" was premiered on the HBO series Girls.[10] Michaels's EP Nervous System was released on July 28, 2017.[11] Her second single "Uh Huh" was released on June 2, 2017.[12] From November 25 to December 6, 2017, Michaels was the opening act for Shawn Mendes's Illuminate World Tour on the Oceania Leg.[13]

At the 2018 Grammy Awards, she was nominated for 2 awards, Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Issues".[14] On February 8, 2018, "Heaven" was released which was included in the soundtrack for the film Fifty Shades Freed.[15] On May 4, 2018, "Jump" was released featuring Trippie Redd.[16]

From March 12 to May 12 2018, Julia was the opening act for the European dates of Niall Horan’s Flicker World Tour.[17]

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.[18] She collaborated with Lauv on the single "There's No Way", released September 27, 2018.[19]

From January 23 to February 5 2019, Michaels opened for Keith Urban on the Australian leg of his Graffiti U World Tour.[20] On January 24, 2019, Michaels released her EP, Inner Monologue Part 1.[21] In June 2019, she began teasing songs from Inner Monologue Part 2, including "17" and "Falling for Boys".[22] Inner Monologue Part 3 has yet to be released.[23]


Year Title Role Notes
2018 The Voice Herself Advisor for Team Adam and musical guest (season 14)
Songwriter Herself Documentary


Major label EPs[edit]

Independent EPs[edit]

  • Julia Michaels (2010)
  • Futuristic (2012)

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 received one nomination.

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2017 New Artist of the Year Herself Nominated [24]

ASCAP Pop Music Awards[edit]

ASCAP honors its top members in a series of annual awards shows in pop music categories. Michaels has received one award.

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2018 Winning Pop Songs "Issues" Won [25]

Billboard Music Award[edit]

The Billboard Music Awards are held to honor artists for commercial performance in the US, based on record charts published by Billboard magazine.[26] Michaels has received one nomination.

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2017 Top Covered Artist "Issues" Nominated [27]

BMI London Awards[edit]

The BMI Awards are annual award ceremonies for songwriters in various genres organized by Broadcast Music, Inc.

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2019 Pop Award Songs "I Miss You" Won [28]

Grammy Awards[edit]

The Grammy Awards is an annual music awards show held by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievements in the record industry. Michaels has received two nominations.

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2018 Song of the Year "Issues" Nominated [29]
Best New Artist Herself Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

The MTV Video Music Awards was established in 1984 by MTV to award the music videos of the year.[30] Michaels has one nomination.

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2017 Best New Artist Herself Nominated [31]

MTV Europe Music Awards[edit]

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

Year Award[citation needed] Nomination Result Reference
2017 Best New Herself Nominated
Best Push Nominated

BreakTudo Awards[edit]

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2017 New Artist International Herself Nominated [32]

iHeartRadio Music Awards[edit]

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2018 Best New Pop Artist Herself Nominated [33]


  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 August 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. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/7890227/julia-michaels-songs-you-didnt-know-wrote-justin-bieber-selena-gomez
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Stutz, Colin. "Hit Songwriter Julia Michaels Releases Debut Single 'Issues': Listen". Billboard. 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. ^ Graves, Shahlin (28 July 2017). "Julia Michaels to open for Shawn Mendes on NZ/AUS 2017 tour".
  14. ^ "The 35 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2017". EW.com. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Hear Julia Michaels' Sleek 'Fifty Shades Freed' Song 'Heaven'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  16. ^ "Julia Michaels shares new single "Jump" featuring Trippie Redd". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  17. ^ https://www.onthescenemag.co.uk/julia-michaels-supports-niall-horan-flicker-tour
  18. ^ "Maroon 5 Hitting the Road with Julia Michaels for Red Pill Blues Tour". Billboard. October 26, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  19. ^ "Julia Michaels and Lauv Have Reportedly Split: 'No More Dating Narcissists'". MTV.com. January 3, 2019. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  20. ^ "Just Announced: The Graffiti U World Tour Australia". KeithUrban.net. July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  21. ^ "Hear Julia Michaels' New EP, Song With Selena Gomez 'Anxiety'". Rolling Stone. January 24, 2019. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  22. ^ "Julia Michaels (@juliamichaels)". Retrieved June 25, 2019 – via Instagram.
  23. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (June 28, 2019). "Julia Michaels discusses 'Inner Monologue Part 2' & the scariest part of songwriting". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  24. ^ "Here Is the Full List of 2017 AMAs Nominations". Billboard. October 12, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  25. ^ "2018 ASCAP Pop Music Awards". ASCAP. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  26. ^ "About | Billboard Music Awards". Billboard Music Awards. Retrieved July 30, 2016.
  27. ^ "Billboard Music Awards Teams With Musical.ly for Fan-Voted Honor".
  28. ^ "2019 BMI London Awards". BMI. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  29. ^ Kreps, Daniel (November 28, 2017). "Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars Lead 2018 Grammy Nominees". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  30. ^ "About the show". MTV. Archived from the original on February 12, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  31. ^ "VMAs: Kendrick Lamar Tops Nominations as MTV Continues to Eliminate Gendered Categories". The Hollywood Reporter. July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  32. ^ "BreakTudo Awards 2017 divulga lista de indicados". N10 ENTRETENIMENTO. September 12, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  33. ^ "2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards: See The Full List of Nominees". iHEARTRADIO. February 12, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2018.

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