Performing Live at The JockeyClub Auditorium, Hong Kong
|Birth name||Krishnakumar Kunnath|
|Also known as||Kay Kay, K. K.|
|Born||23 August 1968
New Delhi, India
Krishnakumar Kunnath (born 23 August 1968), popularly known as KK or Kay Kay, is an Indian playback singer. He is a prominent singer in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam films.
Born in Delhi to Malayali parents C. S. Nair and Kanakavalli, Krishnakumar Kunnath was brought up in New Delhi. KK sang 3,500 jingles before Bollywood break. He is an alumnus of Delhi’s Mount St. Mary school. He appeared in “Josh of India” song for the support of Indian Cricket Team during Cricket World Cup 1999. Following this, he released an album called Pal for which he received a Star Screen Award for the Best Solo Album. He successfully launched the Album Humsafar 8 years after the first album, in Jan 2008. Humsafar, came eight years after the release of KK’s super-hit debut album Pal. It belongs to the pop-rock genre and has a total of 10 songs. Humsafar has two songs – “Din Ho Ya Raat” and “Mehki Hawa” – from Pal, KK’s earlier album. The album has a fun-filled romantic number – “Aasman Ke”, featuring the singer and a south Indian model, Suhasi Goradia Dhami, in the video. “Humsafar”, the title track, an interplay of English and Hindi lyrics, is about one’s conscience and how it is a constant companion in the journey of life. One of the songs, “Yeh Kahan”, was penned seven years before the release and “Dekho Na”, a rock number, was written six years ago. The rest of the six songs came about in the last two years before the release. Other songs in the album include “Rain Bhai Kaari”, a mix of Bengali Baul with rock and a tinge of S D Burman, and “Cineraria”, a fun-filled English ballad. His latest song “Kabhi Aayine Pe Likha Tujhe” from the movie Hate Story 2 is well received by the audience and is also among the top 10 chart busters.
KK married his childhood sweetheart Jyothy Krishna in 1991. His son Nakul sang a song “Masti” from his latest album Humsafar with him. KK also has a daughter named Taamara.
He has been greatly influenced by the singer Kishore Kumar and music director R. D. Burman. His melodious voice has helped to gain a certain genre of songs… his forte is Love songs and his voice almost always touches a chord in every listeners heart. He is truly the next generation Kishore Kumar. With no formal training in singing, he still stands tall among all the other talented playback singers of Bollywood.
After graduating from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University in commerce. KK had a brief stint of eight months as marketing executive in the hotel industry. After few years, in 1994, he moved to Mumbai.
In 1994, he gave his demo tape to Louis Banks, Ranjit Barot and Lesle Lewis to get a break in the music arena. He was called by UTV and he sang a jingle for Santogen Suiting ad. In a span of four years, he has sung more than 3,500 jingles in 11 Indian languages. He got the first break in Mumbai from UTV to sing jingles. He considers Lesle Lewis as his mentor for giving him his first jingle to sing in Mumbai. KK was introduced as a playback singer with A. R. Rahman’s hit song “College Styley” and “Hello Dr.” from Kadir’s Kadhal Desam and then “Strawberry Kannae” from AVM Productions’s musical film Minsara Kanavu (1997). Pritam Chakraborty is also fan of him. He got his Bollywood break with “Tadap Tadap Ke Is Dil” from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999). However, prior to this song he had sung a small portion of the song “Chod aaye hum” from Gulzar’s Maachis. Till now, KK has sung more than 500 songs in Hindi and more than 200 songs in Telugu, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam languages. He has worked with leading music composers such as Rajesh Roshan, Ilayaraja, Vishal Bhardwaj, Ismail Darbar, Himesh Reshammiya, Anu Malik, Anand-Milind, Vishal-Shekhar, M. M. Keeravani, Vidyasagar, Mani Sharma, A. R. Rahman, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Harris Jayaraj, Deva, Devi Sri Prasad, Amit Trivedi, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Pritam Chakraborty, Deepak Dev, Jeet Gannguli, Viju Shah, Jatin-Lalit, Sachin-Jigar, Raghav Sachar, Anand Raj Anand, Salim-Sulaiman, Sajid-Wajid, Sharib-Toshi, Nadeem- Shravan, Mithoon, Siddharth-Suhaas, Sachin Gupta, Shamir Tandon, Sandesh Shandilya, etc. KK has sung many songs with Alka Yagnik, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Udit Narayan, Shilpa Rao, Tulsi Kumar, Dominique Cerejo, Shaan and others. He has lent his voice to the biggest hit song this year (2014) “Tune maari entriyaan” among several others in Gunday.
Albums and television
In the year 1999, Sony Music had just been launched in India and they were looking to launch a new artiste. KK was selected as the new artiste and he came out with a solo album titled Pal with Lesle Lewis composing the music. Pal was the first album released by KK under Sony Music for which he got the prestigious Screen award as best singer.