It's the million dollar question: What do you get the person who already has it all for their birthday? To make it a little bit more tricky, we could ask, what do you get for the person who already has it all and has given us so much? If you're me, the answer is this.
I send this .gif to all of my friends on their birthday, and each year my circle of friends gets a little smaller. I refuse to see any correlation between the two.
There's really not much we could give Julia Michaels
on her birthday today that she doesn't already have. Even though she turns the tender-young age of 24 today, she has already solidified herself as one of the premier talents in the music industry. As a songwriter she's worked with all the stars, writing hits for the likes of Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran and Gwen Stefani. But even the sky doesn't seem to be the limit for Michaels, who released her first two solo singles earlier this year, and in July delivered her first solo EP Nervous System
to happy ears everywhere.
So on this very special day, we offer a humble thank you, and our gift -- a tribute of her best moments, and the gifts that she has already given us.
1. Linkin Park - "Heavy"
Linkin Park's One More Light hasn't gotten the reception the rest of their body of work has and it's a real shame, because there are some legitimately great songs on it. Michael's co-wrote the song with the late, great Chester Bennington, and while she doesn't appear on the track, her influence is undeniably heard through Bennington's strained and emotional vocals. It's such a shame that we lost Chester so early, as one could only imagine what else the two of them could have accomplished together. Regardless, they still left us with this track, and for that, we're grateful.
2. Justin Bieber - "Sorry"
It should come as no surprise that Michaels was the brains behind this banger. She wrote the track well before she came out as her own solo artist, but felt that she didn't have the confidence to do it justice, and decided to pass it on to Bieber. Of course the Biebs did a fine job with it, but now that we know that Michaels is more than up to snuff to perform on her own, I wouldn't mind seeing her own recorded take on this track.
3. Breaking out on her own with "Issues"
Earlier this year Michaels finally decided to step out into the spotlight after long enough working behind the scenes. She released her very first solo single "Issues" back in January and grabbed the attention she so rightfully deserved with it. Michaels said that after she initially wrote the track, she had artists clamoring left and right for the chance to record it, but decided "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".
4. Collabing with Jack Antonoff and Bleachers
Michaels got to flex her creative muscles a little bit with this one, and it was very cool to see her work alongside Fun's Jack Antonoff. "Hate That You Know Me" puts an indie spin on the catchy pop which she's known for and gave her some serious scene cred outside the Top 40 pop charts.
5. Having her own work appear on Girls
It's hard to think of many ways that you could top collaborating with the likes of Bieber and Britney Spears, but Julia was honored in the world of television by having her track "How Do We Get Back To Love" featured on Girls. There's a lot of different ways to measure success, and you can take your pick, but having your song played during prime time on HBO seems like a pretty good one.
6. Rocking the stage at MTV EMA's
Michaels got an early birthday present last night at the MTV EMA's when she appeared on stage alongside Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson. She also received two nominations, one for Best New and one for Best Push and on top of all that, rumor has it U.K. grime legend Stormzy is interested in hitting her up for a collab.
Happy birthday Julia, the future's looking bright for you.
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