Mika, who is dyslexic, was born in Beirut, lived in Paris, speaks French and Chinese Mandarin, was head of a Kensington school choir, studied at London's Royal Academy of Music, was trained by famous Russian opera singer Alla Ardakov and has an extraordinary vocal range more commonly found in opera. However, Nirvana's Heart-Shaped Box inspired him to abandon it for rock and he initially stirred up interest via the internet, with a big download demand for his first single Relax, Take It Easy in 2006. Winning a BBC poll of stars of the future, he fulfilled expectations with the single Grace Kelly, a UK No 1 in January, 2007. His album Life in Cartoon Motion cemented his promise and his flamboyant presence, soaring Queen-influenced songs and intriguing lyrics did the rest. Success continued with his second album The Boy Who Knew Too Much in 2009, including the hit We Are Golden.