Often credited as AJ, Michalka is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and musician. She was a model prior to becoming an actress, and was best known as one-half of the duo 78violet (formerly Aly & AJ) with her sister, Alyson Michalka. AJ recorded the theme song for the film Secretariat, entitled "It's Who You Are". A video was released along with the single.
Michalka lived and grew up in Seattle, Washington and Southern California with her sister Aly. Her father, Mark, owns a contracting company, and her mother, Carrie, is a musician and performed with JC Band, a Christian band. Michalka has been playing the piano since she was four and started playing the guitar in her early teens. She started acting when she was five years old, mostly in church play productions. She was raised as a Christian and continues to practice the faith. Michalka was in a number of musical productions at her school in Milwaukee as a young adult.
Michalka plays a variety of instruments such as acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, and bongos. In March 2006, she made her Disney Channel debut in the Disney Channel Original Movie Cow Belles, as "Courtney Callum", along with sister Aly, as "Taylor Callum". She has also made appearances on shows such as Oliver Beene, Six Feet Under, The Guardian, and General Hospital. She has also appeared with her sister in the MTV film Super Sweet 16: The Movie.
Michalka was featured in the Peter Jackson film The Lovely Bones, released widely on January 15, 2010. Michalka and her sister perform as the musical duo 78violet. They have released two studio albums and a holiday album. Michalka was also cast as a recurring character into The CW series Hellcats starring Ashley Tisdale and Michalka's sister Aly. The series ran for one season and was cancelled in May 2011. Michalka appeared in the 2011 film Super 8.
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