Full Name: Michael Holbrook Penniman, Jr.
Birthday: August 18, 1983
Birth Sign: Leo
Height: 6′ 3′′
Mika is an international singer-songwriter acclaimed as BBC Poll‘s 2007 Breakthrough Act. With infectious pop hits like "Grace Kelly," "Relax, Take It Easy," and "Lollipop," Mika has become one of the most prominent singer-songwriters to emerge in recent years. His music incorporates elements of pop, rock, electropop and more to create a unique sound that is all his own.
Early Life and Background
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Mika learned to play piano and compose music from a very young age. His childhood was spent moving between countries to escape conflict, living in Paris, London, and New York. As a bullied teen, Mika turned to music as an escape, performing at local London venues before being discovered by a record label in 2006.
Breakout Debut – Life in Cartoon Motion (2006-2008)
Mika‘s 2007 debut album Life in Cartoon Motion was a phenomenon, selling over 5.6 million copies worldwide. Fueled by hits like "Grace Kelly," "Lollipop," and "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)," the album ushered in the colourful, genre-blending pop sound that Mika would become known for.
Artistic Growth – The Boy Who Knew Too Much (2009-2010)
His sophomore album The Boy Who Knew Too Much showed Mika‘s development as a deeper, more emotional songwriter. While not as commercially successful, singles like "We Are Golden" connected with fans through evocative lyrics and musicality.
Mainstream Resurgence – The Origin of Love (2012-2014)
After taking some time off, Mika returned with The Origin of Love in 2012. The single "Celebrate" became a huge hit as the official song of the 2012 London Olympics. Mika‘s music continued incorporating diverse styles like pop and folk.
Mature Vision – No Place in Heaven (2015-2016)
Marking his first #1 UK album, No Place in Heaven showed a more mature musical vision. Mika collaborated with top producers and drew on dance music influences while retaining his signature sound.
Nostalgic Rebirth – My Name is Michael Holbrook (2019-Present)
Mika‘s 2019 comeback album My Name is Michael Holbrook returned to his roots with nostalgic themes. The single "Ice Cream" became a summer anthem. In 2020, he released a memoir chronicling his personal journey.
Artistic Style and Persona
Mika‘s distinguished vocals, piano skills, and genre fusion have crafted his unique style. His lyrics often explore love, relationships, sexuality, and self-acceptance. He is known for flamboyant, energetic live shows with vibrant choreographed dancers.
Impact and Legacy
With instantly recognizable hits and a boundary-breaking pop sound, Mika has sold over 10 million albums worldwide. His music has influenced modern pop stars like Troye Sivan. As he continues to evolve as an artist, Mika‘s spirit and timeless songs remain etched in pop music history.