Mika

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.

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'.

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'.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Celebrities at MediaCityUK

Mika - Guests leave the BBC Breakfast studios after appearing on the show at MediaCityUK in Manchester - Manchester, United Kingdom - Monday 22nd June 2015

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BST Hyde Park: Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park

Mika - BST Hyde Park: Barclaycard British Summer Time Hyde Park - Performances at Barclaycard British Summer Time - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 21st June 2015

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Celebrities at Katsuya restaurant

Mika - Celebrities at Katsuya restaurant in Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 10th June 2015

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Celebrities at BBC Radio 2

Mika - Mika leaving the BBC Radio 2 studios after appearing as a guest on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show at BBC Western House - London, United Kingdom - Friday 5th June 2015

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MIKA - Talk About You


Ahead of the release of his fourth album 'No Place in Heaven', Mika unveils a new video for the lead single 'Talk About You'. The album is scheduled to be released on June 15th 2015 through Island Records.

MIKA - Talk About You (Audio)


With a forthcoming fourth album well on the way (as yet untitled), Mika unleashes a brand new song entitled 'Talk About You'. Meanwhile, he will be performing a handful of shows and various festivals across the world.

Catalina Film Festival Gala

Mika Boreem - A variety of celebrities attended the Catalina Film Festival Gala at Casino on Catalina Island, Avalon, California, United States - Sunday 28th September 2014

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Mika goes on a journey through time with the video for his latest single 'Boum Boum Boum'; a characteristically uplifting French track which is due to appear on his next album expected to drop early next year (2015).

MIKA - Boum Boum Boum (video lyrics)


Mika - OFF STUDIO "Celebrate"


MIKA - OFF STUDIO "Underwater"


MIKA - Underwater


Mika has now unveiled the nautical style music video for his emotional new track 'Underwater' released in the wake of his third album 'The Origin of Love' which came out in September 2012 and managed to scrape an unsurprising number one spot on the music chart in France.

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MIKA - Love Today (Live)


MIKA - Relax, Take It Easy (Live)


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Mika

Date of birth

18th August, 1983

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.91