Los Angeles' Julia Michaels is a gifted singer/songwriter with a bent toward R&B-inflected, dance-oriented pop. Born Julia Carin Cavazos in Davenport, Iowa in 1993, Michaels grew up in Santa Clarita, California, where she began singing and performing around age 12. By her teens, she had adopted the stage name Julia Michaels and was collaborating on music with professional songwriters Joleen Belle and Lindy Robbins. Along with Belle and Robbins, Michaels composed songs for such artists as Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, Selena Gomez, and many others. She also launched her own performance career, appearing on songs like Jason Derulo's "Trade Hearts," Zedd's "Straight into the Fire," and Kygo's "Carry Me," which she performed at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Michaels released her debut solo single, "Issues," in 2017.