Julia Michaels — Pop Music’s Secret Weapon — Opens Up About Writing Hits for Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani and More

Sara Jaye Weiss She’s got a Top 20 hit with her single “Issues,” but Julia Michaels has been writing chart-toppers for pop’s elite for years. Born in Davenport, Iowa, and raised in L.A., the rising star began writing songs at age 12, when she started backing her poems at the piano. By 15, she found a mentor in the industry. Fast forward 10 years, and Michaels is responsible for cowriting some of the biggest hits in music, from Justin Bieber ‘s “Sorry” to Selena Gomez ‘s “Hands to Myself.” And now her solo pursuit of superstardom is looking even more promising with her impressive debut EP, Nervous System , out now. “I’ve never really been a confident person — I’m super fidgety, I bite my nails, and I’m not good at being center of attention — so it was actually a really big transition for me,” the 23-year-old says of deciding to into the spotlight after writing (and not wanting to share) “Issues” last year. “My favorite part about being an artist is that I get to have a voice. I’ve never really felt like I have had one of those before: It’s pretty cool.” Nervous System — Michaels’ […]

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