My stage name (Mika Ella) is a wordplay of my real name Mihaela.
I was born in June, on a Saturday. June is my favorite month, and Saturday (of course) favorite day of the week. Saturday is the day for the best things in life, one of which is a disco night out. My music career started in 1999 when I published my first single as the lead singer and co-writer of a dance music project called Matrix. Matrix released three albums and fifteen singles in Croatia, most of which topped the local charts and won festival awards. Seven singles were No.1 on Croatian national chart at the time. I also had two singles released in Poland by Warner Music. On all the projects, I worked with my longtime partner in business and life, Chris Hurts.
With my first band Matrix, I toured most of Croatia and Slovenia, but also Germany, Austria, Switzerland.
However, I always felt I should sing in English and share my talent and love for music with the whole world. But sometimes, life takes you away from your dreams and you just need to survive through the hard times. When the right moment comes, life brings you back home. In my case, home is music.
So after many years, I got back home, to music, singing, and writing.
My beautiful childhood was interrupted by war, which scarred me forever in many ways. I strongly believe in freedom, love, and dignity of every human being. I’m very passionate about human rights and involved in activism, helping people in need to protests against social injustice. While protesting, I was arrested for a few times! In my early twenties, for a couple of years, I worked for the UN. My beliefs are strong and passionate, and I live my life according to them.
I also write poetry, love flowers and animals. I have three dogs, two of them were abandoned so I adopted them.
My personality is sparkly and passionate. I like to say that I’m an emotional fighter. I love to laugh and joke, I’m not embarrassed to show emotions. That’s me, that’s Mika Ella, so – Take it or leave it! 🙂
Born and raised in Croatia, with Hungarian roots, I love to say I am Croatian Hungarian. But, I would be the happiest person in the world if everyone would and could just call themselves – humans.