Julia Michaels

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Julia Michaels
Michaels in November 2017
Michaels in November 2017
Background information
Birth nameJulia Carin Cavazos
Born (1993-11-13) November 13, 1993 (age 28)
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
OriginSanta Clarita, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
Years active2010–present
Associated acts
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Julia Carin Cavazos (born November 13, 1993),[2][3] known professionally as Julia Michaels, is an American singer and songwriter.

Born in Iowa and raised in California, Michaels began her career writing for other artists. Following her success as a writer, she released her debut single with Republic Records in 2017, "Issues", which peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and was certified quintuple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Her major-label debut extended play, Nervous System (2017), peaked at number 48 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. She has since toured alongside Maroon 5, Keith Urban, and Niall Horan and has appeared on the UK top 20 hits "If the World Was Ending" with JP Saxe and "I Miss You" with Clean Bandit.

As a songwriter, Michaels has written songs for artists including Selena Gomez, 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".

Michaels has also received three Grammy Award nominations, two of which were for Song of the Year and the third being for Best New Artist,[4] as well as nominations from MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, 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.[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.[5]

Michaels has said her inspirations include Fiona Apple, Lisa Mitchell, Laura Marling, Missy Higgins, Paramore, Juliet Simms, Sarah Blasko, and The Fray.[6] 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.[7] She is credited with writing hits for artists including Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Fifth Harmony.[8] Together with the Norwegian musician Kygo she performed "Carry Me" at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[9]


In January 2017, Michaels released her first solo single, "Issues".[10] 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.[11] Michaels's EP Nervous System was released on July 28, 2017.[12] Her second single "Uh Huh" was released on June 2, 2017.[13] From November 25 to December 6, 2017, Michaels was the opening act for Shawn Mendes's Illuminate World Tour on the Oceania Leg.[14]

At the 2018 Grammy Awards, she was nominated for two awards, Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Issues".[15] On February 8, 2018, "Heaven" was released which was included in the soundtrack for the film Fifty Shades Freed.[16] On May 4, 2018, "Jump" was released featuring Trippie Redd.[17] From March 12 to May 12, 2018, Julia was the opening act for the European dates of Niall Horan’s Flicker World Tour.[18]

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.[19] She collaborated with Lauv on the single "There's No Way", released September 27, 2018.[20] 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."[21]

On December 21, 2018, Michaels was featured on 5 Seconds of Summer's song, "Lie to Me".[22] "Lie to Me" charted in multiple countries and was later certified platinum in Australia and Gold in Canada.[23][24]

From January 23 to February 5, 2019, Michaels opened for Keith Urban on the Australian leg of his Graffiti U World Tour.[25] On January 24, 2019, Michaels released her EP, Inner Monologue Part 1.[26] In June 2019, she began teasing songs from Inner Monologue Part 2, including "17" and "Falling for Boys".[27]

On May 11, 2020, Michaels appeared in the second-season episode of Songland and released the song "Give It to You".[28]

On October 1, 2020, Michaels released the song "Lie Like This" as the lead single from her forthcoming debut studio album.[29] On March 26, 2021, "All Your Exes" was released.[30] On April 14, Michaels announced the title of her album, Not in Chronological Order, and its release date of April 30, 2021.[31]

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.[32]

In July 2019, Michaels started dating Canadian musician JP Saxe. This relationship arose from their collaboration on the duet, "If the World Was Ending".[33]


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"



  • Inner Monologue Tour (2019)
Opening act

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 [34]

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 [35]

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.[36] Michaels has received one nomination.

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2017 Top Covered Artist "Issues" Nominated [37]

BMI Awards[edit]

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

BMI London Awards

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2019 Pop Award Songs "I Miss You" Won [38]
2020 "2002" Won [39]

BMI Pop Awards

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2015 Award-Winning Song "Slow Down" Won [40]
2016 "Good for You" Won [41]
2017 "Close" Won [42]
"Hands to Myself" Won
"Sorry" Won
2018 "All in My Head (Flex)" Won [43]
"Heavy" Won
"Issues" Won
2020 "Drew Barrymore" Won [44]
2021 "If the World Was Ending" Won [45]
"Lose You to Love Me" Won

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 three nominations.

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2018 Song of the Year "Issues" Nominated [46]
Best New Artist Herself Nominated
2021 Song of the Year "If the World Was Ending" (with JP Saxe) Nominated
2021 Best Pop Vocal Album "Future Nostalgia" (collaborated as songwriter Dua Lipa) Won [47]

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

The MTV Video Music Awards was established in 1984 by MTV to award the music videos of the year.[48] Michaels has one nomination.

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2017 Best New Artist Herself Nominated [49]

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 [50]

iHeartRadio Music Awards[edit]

Year Award Nomination Result Reference
2018 Best New Pop Artist Herself Nominated [51]


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