John Mika – Singer-Songwriter
Mika is a British singer-songwriter of Lebanese descent. With an extensive background in classical songwriting, his versatility as an artist is undeniable.
He is an internationally acclaimed artist, having sold over 5.6 million albums worldwide and winning the Brit Award. Additionally, he hosts a TV variety show in Italy called Stasera Casa Mika.
Early Life and Education
Mika is an accomplished singer-songwriter whose debut album Life in Cartoon Motion made a major impression. His unique style sets him apart from other artists.
His music draws inspiration from freewheeling songwriters such as Prince and Harry Nilsson. Additionally, it carries an uplifting and escapist sentiment.
John Mika’s career began as an outcast. He had endured severe bullying throughout his youth, and music was the only thing that kept him going.
He later chose to become a teacher, finding it immensely rewarding. Education is the key to unlocking students’ hidden potential, according to him.
John has over three decades of executive leadership experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He has provided leadership to Court-based programs, Community Corrections centers, probation and juvenile justice agencies as well as private corrections corporations and social services agencies throughout New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.
He holds a PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology with an emphasis on Leadership Development and Coaching from Walden University, as well as a Master of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. Additionally, he is certified by the Certified Professional Corporate Speakers (CPCS) organization.
John is a CFI with L3 Harris Airline Academy in Sanford, Florida and joined Mike Goulian Aviation in 2022. An experienced flight instructor with over seventy check rides under his belt, John is thrilled to be part of MGAV’s team. When not flying, John enjoys cooking in the kitchen, surfing, discovering new music and attending major sporting events such as NFL stadiums or NHL arenas.
Achievements and Honors
Mika has been part of numerous musical acts and is renowned for his distinctive voice. Additionally, he has earned several awards in recognition for his music.
He has appeared on the X Factor television show and is part of The Orphans band. Additionally, he served as executive producer for Live Earth – history’s largest media event.
In 2007, he was named the number one predicted breakthrough act in a BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2007. His debut album, Life in Cartoon Motion, sold more than 8.3 million copies worldwide and earned him both a Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough act and Grammy nomination.
John is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having served a two-year mission for the Church in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Additionally, he has been married twice.
He and his wife Karen own a home in Heath Village, Utah County.
Years after they met, Karen engrave a golden cross with the word “yes” and gives it to Mike to keep in his purse. A month later, according to The Washington Post, Karen proposes along a canal in Indianapolis.
He was a decorated Green Beret, former White House and Pentagon policy advisor, combat-decorated officer, and philanthropist. Additionally, he wrote a book about his experiences called Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan that chronicles his journey.
Mika was born in Lebanon but moved to Paris and London as a young man. At seven years old, he composed his first song.
He released his debut album, Life in Cartoon Motion, in 2007 and it quickly went to #1 on the charts across nine countries, selling over 5.6 million copies globally.
His singles “Grace Kelly” and “Love Today” both earned him a Grammy nomination. Additionally, he served as judge on both French versions of The Voice and Italian X Factor.
He is currently married to Brian Kleinschmidt and they have a daughter named Jade. According to estimates, their net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million.