THE DIVE: Julia Michaels
    • MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017

    • Posted by: Kirsten Spruch

    Imagine writing a hit for Justin Bieber. Or Selena Gomez... Or maybe Hailee Steinfeld? How about ALL of those artists, plus more. That's exactly what singer-songwriter, Julia Michaels, did, and now she's sliding out from behind the scenes and onto the glorious stage. Of course, getting into writing music for such big artists isn't such an easy task, so we asked Michaels how she broke into the songwriting scene. "I started writing library music and ended up meeting a songwriter named Lindy Robbins. She mentioned me and we had all of my first placements together." She got her first placement when she was only 17 years old, "[it] was the theme song for Austin and Ally," she told us, and she wrote her first singles, "Slow Down," for Selena Gomez and "Miss Movin On" for Fifth Harmony when she was 19. Now, she's one of the most in-demand songwriters in the pop music world, co-writing a slew of hits alongside Justin Tranter, another high profile songwriter who has written songs for Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, and more in addition to fronting his own band, Semi Precious Weapons.

    Now it's time for Michaels to have a slice of the spotlight and with only one song under her belt, she is owning it. She just dropped her debut single, "Issues," to tons of critical acclaim. And she's not just getting love from critics - she's also getting an overwhelming amount of chart love: a spot on Top 40 Radio, almost 140 million streams on Spotify, Top 5 of iTunes Top Pop Songs Chart, and so much more (like receiving platinum certification status in Australia, Sweden, and Norway). "I am a songwriter first and foremost. I never set out to be an artist, but when I wrote 'Issues' it was one of those songs I couldn't give away. It was too personal for me." Its overwhelming success makes sense - Michaels' sweet voice, stunning production, and authentic and accessible lyrics are a recipe for triumph. "It was written from a fight I had with my boyfriend. Basically, it's about how you can both have a lot of problems, but somehow we always work it out and find a way back to each other. No matter how hard it gets, you're there for each other."

    Julia Michaels is shaping up to be her own pop star, and a pretty damn good one at that. She has more music coming out later this year, "I'm working on new music right now. I want to have something new out very soon. It will be an EP or an album... I'm always writing, so who knows. It may be a double album by the time I'm done." While we wait for that though, we'll continue to add a few more streams to "Issues."

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