Over the past few years, no songwriter has had more of an impact on reshaping pop music than Julia Michaels, a 26-year old Iowa-born, California-raised artist whose razor-sharp perspective on love, loss, and the wide spectrum of the human experience has deservedly catapulted her to the forefront of her industry.
Lauded for her work on hit singles by artists like Selena Gomez, Dua Lipa, The Chicks, Britney Spears, P!NK, and more, Julia has spent the last decade honing her craft and delivering fans some of the most evocative music of a generation. A Julia Michaels song pulls no punches, each breath purposeful and powerful in equal measure. Singularly skilled in intuiting artists’ innermost feelings, Julia has become known for songwriting that plumbs emotional depth without pandering. “That's the joy of songwriting: being open and being vulnerable,” she says.
In 2017, Julia embarked on a solo career separate from her work synthesizing the stories of the stars around her with “Issues,” her 5x-platinum selling debut single. A year later, her peers recognized her stunning work with Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Song of the Year. Committing to her solo work, Julia released a series of critically acclaimed EPs, including 2017’s fan-favorite Nervous System and 2019’s critically acclaimed Inner Monologue Part 1 and Inner Monologue Part 2. She also embarked on The Inner Monologue Tour, which marked her first-ever headline tour throughout the U.S. following an enviable run touring the world with an incredible array of artists including Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Shawn Mendes, Niall Horan, and P!NK.
In just three short years, Julia has established herself as one of music’s most exciting voices both lyrically and sonically. The only peak she’s not yet scaled, she says, is releasing a full-length debut album. So a month into the pandemic this spring, Julia Michaels had a thought: no matter the circumstances, she didn’t want to make an album over Zoom. A few months prior, she’d begun writing new music with the help of Top 40 hitmakers The Monsters & Strangerz. “At the time, I was asking myself questions: What do I want to do? How do I want to go about things? What do I want to say?” she says. “And then it just clicked.”
Penned in June after rapid testing made it possible to write and record safely in-person again, first single “Lie Like This” is a bouncy and lovestruck new entry in Julia’s fast-amassing storybook, evoking pure dancefloor energy with a rapid BPM and sparkling neon synths. “It’s about being hesitant about this new, beautiful thing and just giving in anyway because you know that it's really special,” Julia says. “There are so many spectrums of love. One minute you're crying on the floor because you've been broken up with or something didn't work out the way that you wanted to, and then, all of a sudden, you're kissing in a park and you're holding hands with someone new and you've got all these butterflies. It's just such a broad spectrum, such a range of emotions, love, and I wanted to distill its essence into a song.”
Following the success of this summer’s “If the World Was Ending,” her hit single with JP Saxe (certified platinum, with over 1 billion streams, the song is currently Top 10 at Top 40 radio and as it approaches the Top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart), “Lie Like This” is the first glimpse at this new chapter in Julia Michaels’ life. But she’s quick to note that just because she’s in love doesn’t mean she’s lost her edge. “It doesn't change the fact that I still have depression and anxiety and I'm still this punk-rock, grungy bitch at heart,” she says. “But that doesn't mean that I can't be loved the right way or I can't love the right way. I want my fans to know that too.”