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Mika Biography

Mika (born Mica Penniman, 18.8.1983)

Mika is a Grammy Award-nominated singer / songwriter who was born in Lebanon and is now based in London.

Mika: Childhood

Mika was the third of five children born to a mother of Syrian / Lebanese heritage and an American father. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon. War forced the family from Lebanon and they moved to Paris. It was in Paris that he wrote his first song, a piano instrumental called 'Angry'.

When Mika was nine years old, the family then moved to London. He experienced much bullying and had problems with dyslexia. Mika attended St Phillips School in Kensington, then Westminster School and the Royal College of Music. He left RCM to record his first album for Casablanca Records. Frustrated at people mispronouncing his name, he changed the 'c' to a 'k'.

Mika: Musical Career

Mika's public musical endeavours range from creating the music for an Orbit chewing gum jingle, to writing British Airways in-flight music and appearing at the Royal Opera House.

His debut TV appearances were on Later With Jools Holland and The Friday Night Project. Mika topped the BBC News' influential Sounds of 2007 poll.

The debut single was a download / limited "7 vinyl release, 'Relax, Take It Easy'. The song was playlisted by BBC Radio 1 and was made Single of The Week by the station's DJ Scott Mills.

The single 'Grace Kelly' reached number one in January 2007 and the next month, his album, Life In Cartoon Motion, produced by Greg Wells, was released. Reviews of the album drew comparison to a number of established artists such as Freddie Mercury, Elton John and Scissor Sisters. The artwork for the album was created by his sister, who works under the name Dawack.

Mika won three awards at the 2007 World Music awards: more than any other artist that year and the first artist to ever win three in one year. In February 2008 he played at the 50th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. That same month, he opened the 2008 BRIT Awards. He performed his own songs, 'Love Today' and 'Grace Kelly' as well as a duet with Beth Ditto, performing her band The Gossip's song 'Standing In The Way Of Control'.

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The Latest Mika News

Mika Lands Judging Role On Italy's The X Factor

1st May 2013

Pop star Mika has signed up as a judge on the Italian version of hit reality show The X Factor.The...

Haim Named Bbc Sound Of 2013

4th January 2013

Haim have been named the BBC's Sound Of 2013.The Californian trio of sisters beat AlunaGeorge, Angel Haze, and twelve other...

Dita Von Teese Loves Mika

2nd December 2012

Dita Von Teese has a crush on Mika.The burlesque star is a big fan of the 'Gracy Kelly' hitmaker and...

Stars Flock To Secret Prince Gig

24th October 2012

Stars including Will.I.Am, Christina Aguilera and Mika flocked to a tiny venue in California on Tuesday night (23Oct12) for a...

Mika Wrote Track In French Castle

18th October 2012

Mika wrote a track in a French castle for his new album. The singer penned new song 'Step With Me'...

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Mika Reviews

Mika - The Boy Who Knew Too Much Album Review

3rd September 2009

Review of Mika' s album The Boy Who Knew Too MuchA lot of artists fear...

Mika - Life In Cartoon Motion Album Review

26th March 2007

MikaLife In Cartoon MotionAlbum ReviewA blaze of glory surrounded the single release of Grace Kelly...

Mika - Leon Jean Marie, Manchester Academy 1 Live Review

1st March 2007

Mika with support from Leon Jean Marie Manchester Academy 1, 27/02/2007 Live Review Flashy guitar...

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Mika Festivals

Ibiza Rocks

29th March 2014

Rock Werchter

3rd July 2014


7th June 2014

The Eden Sessions

21st June 2014

Latitude Festival

17th July 2014

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Mika Interviews

Mika, Interview

13th September 2006

Mika InterviewHaving spent most of his youth travelling from country to country Mika finally settled...

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The Latest Mika Press Releases

Mika New Album 'The Origin Of Love' Out September 16th 2012

18th June 2012

Multi-platinum pop-star MIKA returns with his brand new album 'The Origin of Love', released on...

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I love Mika

What can I say - Mika is absolutely gorgeous. He has a beautifully sculptured face and in my opinion is drop dead gorgeous.If anyone has any contact details for him, please pass them on - I need to meet him and tell him exactly what I think of this fine specimen of a man

7 years 1 week ago
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owen's picture


he is the best singer in the world today

6 years 10 months ago
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2 years 7 months ago
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thisis the best singer ever!!

4 years 11 months ago
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Mika fan

Mika is a fab artist. he is in my opinion the next Freddie mercury, and I don't say this lightly. I fell in love with his music when I first heard Grace Kelly and I almost fell in love with him when I first saw him (hehe). Mika if you ever read this then follow this advice: keep your music going, if you can brighten a life as dreary as mine you can brighten anyones life!!!!

7 years 2 months ago
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since you are a MIKA expert, could you please tell me how I can contact Mika, or Marketing Manager thereof, in order to obtain copyright permission for one of his songs? Thank you in Advance!Will Music Film Makerinfo@williamAllenFILMS

2 years 3 months ago
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MIKA songs are very beautiful and sweet.Especially I like ,,Relax,take it easy'',it's a song which I can listen and listen.Also I like ,,Interpretation'', ,,Big girl you are beautiful'', ,,Grace kelly'' and others very much. MIKA,good luck to you!!

6 years 1 month ago
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