Songwriter Julia Michaels may only be 23, but she’s already written some of the biggest pop songs of the past few years.
If you’ve ever danced to Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Fifth Harmony’s “Miss Movin’ On” and “All In My Head (Flex),” Britney Spears’ “Slumber Party,” Hailee Steinfeld’s “Love Myself,” Gwen Stefani’s “Make Me Like You,” Nick Jonas’ “Close,” Selena Gomez’s “Slow Down,” “Hands To Myself,” “Me & The Rhythm” and “Good For You”—you have Michaels to thank. These songs and many more were all written by Michaels and her writing partner Justin Tranter.
Now Michaels is looking to start a singing career of her own, having already collaborated with Kygo on last year’s “Carry Me,” which she performed during the closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Rio.
While Michaels’ songwriting career isn’t slowing down anytime soon (she has a writing credit on Ed Sheeran’s upcoming third studio album Divide), the American singer-songwriter is looking to extend her role from the recording booth to the stage.
Michaels released her first solo song “Issues” this month and has already found a big fan in longtime friend and collaborator Selena Gomez.
Produced by Benny Blanco, “Issues” is a slow jam that could have easily fit on Gomez’s Revival alongside “Good To You” and “Hands To Myself.” Michael’s lower registry is perfect for the sultry single, which has been climbing the charts.
Get ready for a new pop star in town.