From Bieber to Britney. At just age 24, this Los Angeles’ singer/songwriter is this year most in-demand musician. It’s fair to say she’s doing alright, since co-writing global hits such as Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ and Selena Gomez’s ‘Good for You’, Julia Michaels isn’t leaving our charts anytime soon.
As the opening act for one of the biggest band members since the Beatles, One Direction star Niall Horan brought his Flicker World Tour to Bournemouth. For Michaels, being able to support Niall on his first solo UK tour created a great platform for her new music. Especially to such dedicated fans. Watch out Ed…
The lights dim and Julia Michaels’ band took the stage, shortly followed by herself as a little body of bouncing energy enters from the side of the stage. Kicking off her set, Michaels doesn’t hesitate and jumps (quite literally) into her first song ‘Pink’, taken from her debut album ‘Nervous System’- bringing a catchy pop melody to the arena.
Michaels has only been known in the media’s eye for a short time, mostly recognised for her talent in song writing for other artists, yet her natural persona and lovable personality created an effortless performance throughout the set. Approximately mid-way through her set, a piano solo leads Julia’s edgy vocal into her latest single ‘I Miss You’ – originally featuring electronic music band Clean Bandit which made it into the top 5 on Billboard Top 100. However, this time she brought an acoustic vibe to the song which was a great crowd pleaser.
The energy Julia creates on stage had toned down slightly when she began introducing another song off her mini album. ‘Worst in Me’ was written by herself as she experienced heart break. Her meaningful lyrics and honest song writing connected with the audience, who were mesmerised by her expressive performance. At such a young age, Michaels emits such confidence and determination throughout the song. Its artists like these who are paving the way in the music industry.
For the next few minutes, Julia asks the crowd if she can play ‘’a few songs she has written for other artists’’ which followed into a medley of absolute hits accompanied by her insanely talented band. From Selena Gomez’s ‘Bad Lair’, Justin Bieber’s No.1 hit ‘Sorry’ (also my go-to summer song) and Hailee Steinfeld’s ‘Love Myself’. These truly captured the audience as they realised who this genius songwriter was, and where she’d been hiding.
Just before her last song, Michaels took out her phone, asking the fans to cheer and clap for a video – explaining after ‘’that’ll be on Instagram guys!’’ which made the Bournemouth crowd very happy. The music started as she burst into the first line of her most renown song ‘Issues’ and within no time the audience where screaming the lyrics back to her, word for word. It’s no surprise to see such a talented artist become emotional when hearing their own song being sung back by the crowd. Closing her set with a big roar from the audience, Michaels runs to each corner of the stage and says her goodbye’s, waving across the crowd as she hurries off stage and the lights blackout.
Be sure to check out Julia Michaels debut album ‘Nervous System’ here.