Julia Michaels has become a pop powerhouse, writing some of the genre’s biggest hits in recent years from Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry” to Selena Gomez‘s “Bad Liar.” Since her 2017 Grammy-nominated hit “Issues,” the 25-year-old singer-songwriter has now become a sought-after vocalist as well, teaming up with superstars of all genres, including Maroon 5, Keith Urban and Clean Bandit.
Michaels’ most recent team-ups include Gomez and Niall Horan, both of whom are featured on her new EP Inner Monologue Pt. 1. And Julia’s long list of all-star collaborators goes on, as she has sung with Zedd, Shawn Mendes, 5 Seconds of Summer, Rita Ora and several more hitmakers.
As fans continue to hit repeat on her Selena Gomez collab “Anxiety,” Billboard rounded up all of the stars Julia Michaels has collaborated with in the last few years.
Cash Cash, “Surrender,” 2014
Not only was this song a hit a few years before the world knew Julia Michaels the artist, but she wasn’t even credited on the track, so even her day ones may not have realized it’s her. But her whispery tone comes through on the escalating dance track, and ironically it may actually be one of her best vocal performances to date — that high note in the chorus ain’t no easy feat.
Zedd, “Straight Into the Fire,” 2015
Michaels continued her vocal prowess on another EDM track, joining an impressive lineup of collaborators on Zedd’s True Colors album. The chorus pushes her voice to powerful heights, with an undulating melody that also shows off her range.
Jason Derulo, “Trade Hearts,” 2015
This passionate ballad feels a little more like a quintessential Julia Michaels song, with clever lyrics like “Hey can you teach me cynical? I hope it’s not too difficult” and breathy vocals that also makes for quite the impressive performance from both her and Derulo.
Kygo, “Carry Me,” 2016
At this point, Michaels’ voice had already proven to be a perfect complement to dance-inspired production. So Kygo made a smart move and snatched her for a track on his debut studio album, Cloud Nine, one that emphasized the passionate whimper in Michaels’ tone.
Justin Bieber and Bloodpop, “Friends (Remix),” 2017
Though the original version didn’t feature Michaels (a co-writer on the song), the remix provided a call-and-response narrative of a couple who may have second thoughts about breaking up — making the song hit the feels even harder.
Maroon 5, “Help Me Out,” 2017
This collab wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for Diplo: The DJ randomly texted the Adam Levine a demo of Michaels performing the song, and the singer was “blown away” by her vocals. Michaels’ falsetto stands up to Levine’s signature high notes, and their voices blend seamlessly.
Clean Bandit, “I Miss You,” 2017
The bright synths and Michaels’ wispy voice create a dreamy combo on this smash hit. The songstress, who is no stranger to a hard-hitting breakup song, tugs on heartstrings on this one despite its upbeat, dance-floor-friendly nature.
Keith Urban “Coming Home,” 2018
Michaels slays yet another genre in this country tune with an electro twist, a track from Urban’s 2018 LP Graffiti U. But Michaels didn’t have to add any twang to fit a country record; instead, her glossy vocals provide an echoing bridge that make Urban’s sentiment about returning home even more heartfelt.
Shawn Mendes, “Like To Be You,” 2018
The plucking tune off Shawn’s self-titled album is the vulnerable tale of trying to figure out what someone else is thinking, making Michaels’ and Mendes’ shy personalities all-the-more relatable.
Trippie Redd, “Jump,” 2018
Michaels continues to slay the electro-pop in her collab with Trippie Redd. The haunting melody and clever lyrics showcase a tune that is characteristically Michaels.
RL Grime and Miguel, “Light Me Up,” 2018
Trap producer RL Grime enlisted the honeyed voices of Miguel and Michaels to compliment this tune’s heavy drops and strong beats. The combo makes the track suitable for jamming in the car, or headbanging at a rave.
Lauv, “There’s No Way,” 2018
The then-rumored-lovebirds teamed up on a heart-melting song, complete with a tender, romantic music video starring Lauv and Julia that captures all the giddy feelings of falling in love — even if they weren’t in real life.
Rita Ora, “Keep Talking,” 2018
Ora and Michaels are moving on from a breakup in this empowering tune, but with a sexy twist due to the ladies’ sultry vocals. The collab was featured on Ora’s latest album, Phoenix.
5 Seconds of Summer, “Lie to Me,” 2018
The Michaels remix to 5SOS’ current hit provides both sides to a breakup, as both reminisce on love lost. Her addition also provides new lyrics to the Youngblood track, with lines that mirror the original, but make the narrative of the heartbreak tune even more gut-wrenching.
Niall Horan, “What a Time,” 2019
The brand-new collab tapped into the former One Direction member’s sweet voice, beautifully complementing Michaels’ tender tone. The two reflect on a past relationship in the track, complete with angelic harmonies and explosive instrumentals.
Selena Gomez, “Anxiety,” 2019
One of the quirkiest tunes in Michaels’ catalog to date thanks to its colloquial verses and squealing guitar, “Anxiety” is also one of her most important. While both Michaels and Gomez have both been vocal about their struggles with anxiety, the rawness of their collaboration (with lyrics like “I make all these plans with friends and hope they call and cancel/ Then I overthink about the things I’m missing”) is both relatable and respectable — and above all, powerful.