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      March 29, 2019

      Friday   8:00 PM

      318 East Congress Street
      Tucson, Arizona 85701

      Julia Michaels

      with Billy Raffoul
      I try to put as much of myself as possible into everything I write, she affirms. Its all me.Unabashed honesty and warm vulnerability turned the Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and performer into 2017s biggest global breakout star. Audiences first properly experienced her unbridled emotional artistry on the 2016 debut single Issues. Certified RIAA double-platinum stateside, it crossed worldwide consumption of 5 million in less than six months and became the best-selling song by a new artist released in 2017according to Nielsen Musicas well as the highest on-demand audio streaming song by a new artist released in 2017. That same honesty also defines her very first mini-album, Nervous System [Republic Records]. With these seven tracks, she fortifies her emotional bond with millions of listeners everywhere.A lot of my songs have to do with the nervous system and things that are stimulated by touch and emotion, she explains. One day, the title just popped into my head. It made sense with how emotional the songs Ive written are and who I am. Of course, I personally am a fucking nervous system as well, so theres that, she laughs.As Issues achieved stratospheric success, she quietly assembled what would become the mini-album, writing and producing alongside frequent collaborators such as Mattman & Robin [Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Hailee Steinfeld], Justin Tranter [Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez], and more in L.A. In addition to Issues, the follow-up single Uh Huhwhich earned early praise from Time, V Magazine, and many otherspaved the way for the release of Nervous System. Slipping from acoustic guitar into a rush of electronic production and a chantable chorus, the track captures a fleeting and fiery moment.Its about wanting the person you want to make the move, she explains. He hasnt yet, so youre like, Shit, should I just do it myself? You dont know how he feels though. Its this weird tension. When that move does happen, its the most magical and pure feeling in the world. Thats something we can all relate to.Delicate piano and skittering synths entwine with her soulful delivery on Worst In Me. Originally culled from a voice note on her phone, the song sees Julia open up about a failed relationship.I wrote it about my ex-boyfriend, she admits. It chronicles our downfall and why we couldnt work. Sometimes people are so afraid of something really good that they sabotage the relationship because they think it cant be real. All of these little tiny things manifest into problems. You lose the bigger picture, which is that you love each other and genuinely care.Elsewhere, off-beat percussion drives Make It Up To You where she candidly confesses, I wish I could be the tender stable girl that you wantbut Im not. Further exploring the dissolution of this pivotal relationship in her life, Just Do It discusses what the artist calls, The moment youre on the verge of a breakup, but just cant end it.The clever and coy Pink showcases another side of Nervous System and Julia. Tempering a rich sonic backdrop with lyrical double entendre, you might find yourself smiling after each verse.Its pretty self-explanatory, she grins. I dont know how to describe it without it sounding extremely sexual!Nervous System concludes with Dont Wanna Think. Performed on piano and written solely by Julia, it stands out as a shining finale, conveying raw and real emotion over each chord between sips of tequila.I wrote that one alone, she recalls. As you can see, my ex and I had a very toxic relationship. I was at the piano drinking tequila at Henson Studios in Hollywood. Its going to sound crazy, but sometimes I feel like I write my future. I write about things as if theyre going to happen. When they happen, its a completely different perspective. What you hear is just me at the piano singing and crying. Its the most special song Ive written. I cant wait for everyone to hear it.Nervous System continues a tradition of honesty that Julia began as one of pop musics most in-demand songwriters. Emerging in 2013, she solidified herself as a prolific force, co-writing a string of Billboard Hot 100 hits alongside Tranter, including smashes like Justin Biebers Sorry, Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo Close, Selena Gomezs Good for You [feat. A$AP Rocky] & Hands To Myself, Hailee Steinfeld Love Myself, Britney Spears Slumber Party, Gwen Stefani Used To Love You and, most recently, Selena Gomezs Bad Liar, Ed Sheerans Dive, and John Legends Surefire. The cumulative worldwide stream count for songs she has co-written exceeds 10 billion to date.In the end, Julia will always connect by just being herself. Nervous System is proof.I hope people can find a little bit of themselves in the music, she leaves off. Theres nothing fake about this. Every word is part of my life. I hope you can find your own perspective in it.

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