Although he was born in Beirut to an American father and Lebanese mother, Mika's family had to leave the volatile Middle East after his father was kidnapped and held hostage in Kuwait. Mika was only a year old when they relocated to Paris, France, and by the time he was nine the family had moved again to the UK where they settled in London. Dyslexic and finding it difficult to adjust, he attended several schools including the independent Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle school, St Philips School in Kensington and then the Westminster School.
Having excelled at music since his early years and been part of the choir at St Philips School he studied opera and even performed at London's Royal Opera House during his teens before enrolling at the Royal College Of Music. Perseverance paid off and after securing a recording contract with Island Records in the UK and Casablanca Records in the USA, Mika's 2007 debut album Life In Cartoon Motion was preceded by the limited edition seven inch vinyl and download only 'Relax, Take It Easy' followed by the four track Dodgy Holiday EP. While both were commercially unsuccessful the subsequent platinum selling 'Grace Kelly' rocketed to the top of the UK singles chart and became only the second release in UK chart history (after 'Crazy' by Gnarls Barkley) to reach the number one spot through download sales only. The track went on to become a huge hit all around Europe and while the album spawned one unsuccessful single 'Lollipop' the following three; 'Love Today', 'Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)' and 'Happy Ending' were all UK Top 10 hits reaching numbers 6, 9 and 7 respectively. A quirky melange of commercial power pop with a 70s feel reminiscent of Queen and Elton John Life In Cartoon Motion proved to be a massive global success topping many charts including the UK, breaking into the US Top 30 and selling almost eight million copies worldwide.
The next two years saw the larger than life singer touring Europe and the USA where he performed live on numerous TV programmes including the chat shows The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. At the 2008 BRIT Awards he opened the televised ceremony with a powerful live performance and later took home the award for Best British Breakthrough Artist. The following year (2009) proved to be another busy one for Mika, he released the four track Songs For Sorrow EP, the single 'We Are Golden' (a UK No 4) and four months later his second album The Boy Who Knew Too Much reached No 3 in the UK and No 19 in the USA. As with his debut album the new record was produced by the hugely successful Greg Wells and featured noted musicians Imogen Heap, Lyle Workman, Walter Afanasieff, Matt Chamberlain, Jerry Hey, the Andrae Crouch Choir and legendary arranger Paul Buckmaster who is best known for his work with Elton John. Although the album spawned two more singles; 'Rain' and 'Blame It On The Girls'; neither of which troubled the charts, Mika remained an in-demand performer and guest artist both in concert and on TV and radio and in this capacity he appeared on Good Morning America, The Late Show With David Letterman, Boyzone's A Tribute To Stephen Gately and onstage as a special live guest at the Grand Final of Australian Idol from Sydney Opera House.
Prior to the release of his third album Mika was commissioned to compose the theme song to the 2010 Matthew Vaughan and Brad Pitt production of the much-anticipated movie Kick Ass. Written in three days the song 'Kick Ass (We Are Young)' was credited to Mika vs RedOne and while hugely popular in continental Europe it failed to find favour in either The UK or the USA. The Origin Of Love was released in October 2012 and featured vocal contributions from Pharrell Williams on 'Celebrate' and singer/songwriter Priscilla Renea on 'Popular Song'. The album became his first not to yield any hit singles in the UK or USA although the track 'Elle Me Dit' topped both the French and Belgian charts. In 2014 Mika joined the judging panel of The Voice: la plus belle voix; the Italian version of the popular TV talent show that has spread around the world like a virus.
Since making his phenominal debut in 2006 Mika has established himself as a successful pop artist and his image has matured from the flashy technicolor cartoon character that promoted his first releases to reveal a highly gifted singer and songwriter. The music industry and media has honoured him several times with a number of awards including three World Music Awards in 2007 for Best Selling New Artist, Best Selling Male Pop/Rock Artist and Best Selling British Artist, a BRIT Award for British Breakthrough Act and a BBC Sound Award for Sound Of 2007.
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