Julia Carin Cavazos (born November 13, 1993), known by her stage name Julia Michaels, is an American singer and songwriter. Her debut solo single, "Issues", was released in 2017 and peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Michaels was born in Davenport, Iowa but moved to Santa Clarita, California, north of Los Angeles, with her family. She began singing at age 12. In her late teens, she met songwriters Joleen Belle and 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.
In 2016, before the Olympic season, songwriting partner Justin Tranter opened up about Julia during an interview, saying "When I met her, she was 19 and she already had been writing in the Hollywood Pop Circuits since she was 16. I've only been writing in the circuits for three months so, even though I'm 7,000 years old, she was in it – she knew everybody and everything". He then stated in detail that when they first met "she hid in a closet and had a panic attack". When they wrote their first song together, Calvin Harris and Rita Ora cut it two days afterwards. He said, "We knew after that we should keep coming back and writing more songs". Together with the Norwegian musician Kygo she performed at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
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.
Later on in the year, a song recorded by Julia Michaels, entitled "How Do We Get Back to Love", was premiered on the HBO series of Girls, alongside the new single "Crowded Places" by Banks.During Wango Tango livestream, Julia has confirmed that her next official single is called “Uh-Huh”, expected to be released in June.