Julia Carin Cavazos (born November 13, 1993), better known as Julia Michaels, is an American singer and songwriter from Davenport, Iowa. She was a featured artist on Shawn Mendes' song Like To Be You on his self titled album (Shawn Mendes).
Julia Michaels was born as Julia Carin Cavazos 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, Juan Manuel Cavazos, is Puerto Rican, and changed his name to John Michaels to pursue an acting career. Michaels began singing at age 12. When she was 14, she met songwriter Joleen Belle, with whom she wrote the theme song to "Austin and 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.
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.
Singing career Edit
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. For the song she gained much notoriety and fame, and became a standout new star of 2017. At the 2018 Grammy Awards she was nominated for 2 awards, Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Issues".
In April 2017, her new song "How Do We Get Back to Love" was premiered on the HBO series Girls.
Michaels's EP Nervous System was released on July 28, 2017. Her second single "Uh Huh" was released on June 2, 2017.
On August 17, 2017, Justin Bieber and BloodPop® released their single, "Friends"; it was co-written by Michaels. On October 20, 2017, a remix of "Friends" was released, featuring vocals from Michaels herself.
From November 25 to December 6, 2017, Michaels was the opening act for Shawn Mendes's Illuminate World Tour on the Oceania Leg.
On February 8, 2018, "Heaven" was released which was included in the soundtrack for the film Fifty Shades Freed.
On May 4, 2018, "Jump" was released featuring Trippie Redd.