Keith Urban’s Duet Partner Julia Michaels Shares Her Secret for Writing Breakup Songs with A-List Stars


Long before Julia Michaels was sharing stages and writing rooms with Keith Urban, the 24-year-old Grammy-nominated singer was working with some of the biggest pop stars in the business. The singer-songwriter has shared writing credit on Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Selena Gomez’s “Sober,” and Shawn Mendes’ “Like To Be You,” among others. In an interview with Elite Daily, Julia explains that getting some of these celebrities to open up isn’t as hard as it may seem.

“I just go in and we just talk,” she says. “Sometimes people are more open than others and sometimes they aren’t, and we have to pull it out of them. But a lot of it is just conversation and just talking to people and getting it out like that.”

She adds that it’s important to be authentic, both in the writing room and when selecting a song to sing. And, every song she writes has herself in it too — regardless who may be singing it.

“I find that the more authentic you are, the more people sort of understand you and you understand them. I think that’s the biggest way I connect with people — just by being myself . . . when I write with other people, I tend to put a little bit of myself in it, so it’s just sort of like a blending of perspectives.”

Julia provides guest vocals on Keith’s most recent hit single, “Coming Home.” The two singers penned the song together as well as several other tracks on the country artist’s latest release, Graffiti U, including “Parallel Line,” “Way Too Long” and “Gemini.” Keith expressed his gratitude for his duet partner earlier this year by gifting Julia with a grand piano.

“Tonight I came home from tour to this. I was completely and utterly surprised when I walked through my door. @keithurban this is the most beautiful and special gift I’ve ever received. My new house feels like a home now because of you,” she shares on Instagram. “Thank you for this incredibly thoughtful housewarming present. I will never take this Piano, or this moment for granted.”