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Even in an age where Lady Gaga’s flamboyant extravagance has made all her contemporaries seem dull and plaid, it is fair to say Michael “Mika” Penniman is not your average pop star.

Mika may ply his trade in self-penned bombastic, bolder-than-brash, more giddy-than-a-child-at- Christmas pop tunes, but the journey from his problematic, nomadic youth (Mika lived in Beirut, Paris and London before he was 9) to multimillion-selling, award-winning artist has been as fast as his songs are colorful.

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