Krishnakumar Kunnath (born 23 August 1968), popularly known as KK, is an Indian playback singer. He has been a prominent singer in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali and Gujarati languages films.
23 August 1968
New Delhi, India
|Other names||Kay Kay|
Born in Delhi to Hindu Malayali parents C. S. Menon and Kunnath Kanakavalli, Krishnakumar Kunnath was brought up in New Delhi. KK sang 3,500 jingles before breaking into Bollywood. He is an alumnus of Delhi's Mount St Mary's School and graduated from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University. He sang in the "Josh of India" song for the support of Indian Cricket Team during Cricket World Cup of 1999. This song featured members of the Indian Cricket Team
KK married his childhood love Jyothy in 1991. His son Nakul Krishna Kunnath sang a song "Masti" from his album Humsafar with him. KK also has a daughter named Tamara Kunnath who, according to KK, loves playing piano. KK says that his family is his source of energy.
Vocals and musical styleEdit
KK has been greatly influenced by the singer Kishore Kumar and music director R. D. Burman. Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, Led Zeppelin are also favourite international singers and bands of KK. KK has stated that it is not important for a singer's face to be prominently seen – saying he believes the important thing is that "a singer must be heard." KK has never undergone any formal training in music.
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. 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 "Kalluri Saaley" and "Hello Dr." from Kadir's Kadhal Desam and then "Strawberry Kannae" from AVM Productions's musical film Minsara Kanavu (1997). He got his Bollywood break "Tadap Tadap" from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999). However, prior to this song he had sung a small portion of the song "Chhod Aaye Hum" from Gulzar's Maachis.
Albums and televisionEdit
In 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. The album was arranged, composed and produced by Lesle Lewis of Colonial Cousins. The lyrics have been penned by Mehboob. The songs "Aap Ki Dua", "Yaaron" and the title track "Pal" in no time ruled the lips of youngsters & also the music chart. "Pal" became an anthem & "Yaaron" became friendship anthem. The album just created history. Pal was the first album released by KK under Sony Music for which he got the Screen award as best singer.
On 22 January 2008, KK released his second album Humsafar after a gap of eight years. The songs "Aasman Ke", "Dekho Na", "Yeh Kahan Mil Gaye Hum" and "Rain Bhai Kaari (Maajhi)" are famous songs from this album. Besides, KK had also sung an English Rock Ballad "Cineraria". The title track, "Humsafar" is a mix of English and Hindi lyrics. The album Humsafar has 10 songs, out of which eight have been composed by KK. The other two songs were taken from his previous album Pal.
KK has also sung many television serial songs like Just Mohabbat, Shaka Laka Boom Boom, Kuch Jhuki Si Palkein, Hip Hip Hurray, kavyanjali, Just Dance. He has also sung the theme song for Star Parivaar Awards 2010 with Shreya Ghoshal. KK appeared on television too. He was invited as jury member for a talent hunt show Fame Gurukul.
KK also has sung a song named "Tanha Chala" for the Pakistani TV show The Ghost which was aired on Hum TV in 2008. The song was composed by Farrukh Abid and Shoiab Farrukh, and Momina Duraid penned the lyrics.
KK participated in the latest musical venture of MTV India Coke Studio. There he sang one qawwali "Chadta Suraj" along with Sabri Brothers and a recomposed version of his exquisite track "Tu Aashiqui Hai" from movie Jhankaar Beats. He also came in 'Surili Baat' in Aaj Tak Chanel. He has also performed in Sony Mix TV Show and MTV Unplugged Season 3, aired on MTV 11 January 2014. KK was in Dubai for his concert 'Salaam Dubai 2014' in April. He also did concerts in Goa, Dubai & Chennai, and Hong kong.
On 29 August 2015, KK appeared in the television singing reality show Indian Idol Junior Season 2 to cheer up the emerging singers of India where he performed "Khuda Jaane", "Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar", "Make Some Noise for the Desi Boyz", "Ajab Si", "Sach Kehraha Hai Deewana" and many more songs with the junior idols and "Tu Aashiqui Hai" with Vishal Dadlani, "Aashaayen" with Salim Merchant and "Tadap Tadap" with Sonakshi Sinha. After 10 years, He appeared in a singing reality show as a judge and guest jury member.
On 13 September 2015, KK came in "Baaton Baaton Mein" on Sony Mix.
His second album, Humsafar, was released nine years later, in January 2008. It belongs to the pop-rock genre and has a total of 10 songs. Humsafar has two songs that are repeated from his earlier album Pal – "Din Ho Ya Raat" and "Mehki Hawa". The video for a romantic song on the album, "Aasman Ke", features the singer and south Indian model Suhasi Goradia Dhami. "Humsafar", the title track, has an interplay of English and Hindi lyrics and is about one's conscience and how it is a constant companion in the journey of life. One of the songs, "Yeh Kahan Mil Gaye Hum", was penned seven years before the release. "Dekho Na", a rock number, was written six years prior. The remaining six songs were developed in the last two years before the release. Other songs in the album include "Rain Bhai Kaari (Maajhi)", a mix of Bengali Baul with rock with a tinge of S D Burman, and "Cineraria", a fun-filled English ballad. KK himself wrote the lyrics of "Cineraria" and the English part of "Humsafar", the title track, while the remaining tracks were written by others.
|2010||Kavalan||KK, Rita[clarification needed]|
|2011||Soulful Voice KK||Various|
|2014||#Now Playing: KK Hits||Various|
|2013||KK: Best Of Me||Various|
|2015||Musical Bond: Pritam & KK||Pritam Chakraborty|
Awards and honorsEdit
|2005||Hub Awards||Tamil||Best Playback Singer- Male||Won|
|2010||Filmfare Awards South||Kannada||Best Playback Singer- Male||Won|
|2012||Eenam-Swaralaya Singer of the Year Award||Malayalam||Singer of the Year||Won|
|2000||Best Male Playback Singer||"Tadap Tadap" (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam)||Nominated|
|2003||"Bardaasht Nahi Kar Sakta" (Humraaz)|
|2006||"Dus Bahane" (Dus)|
|2008||"Aankhon Mein Teri" (Om Shanti Om)|
|2009||"Zara Sa" (Jannat)|
|"Khuda Jane" (Bachna Ae Haseeno)|
|2009||Best Playback Singer – Male||"Khuda Jaane" (Bachna Ae Haseeno)||Won|
|Zee Cine Awards|
|2007||Best Playback Singer – Male||"Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai" (Gangster)||Won|
|2004||Best Playback Singer – Male||"Tu Aashiqui Hai" (Jhankaar Beats)||Won|
|2006||Best Playback Singer – Male||"Dus Bahane" (Dus)|
|2007||Best Playback Singer – Male||"Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai" (Gangster)|
|2008||Best Playback Singer – Male||"Aankhon Mein Teri" (Om Shanti Om)|
|2009||Best Playback Singer – Male||"Khuda Jaane" (Bachna Ae Haseeno)|
|Guild Film Awards|
|2008||Best Playback Singer – Male||"Aankhon Mein Teri" (Om Shanti Om)||Won|
|2009||Best Playback Singer – Male||"Khuda Jane" (Bachna Ae Haseeno)|
|2011||Best Playback Singer – Male||"Sajde" (Khatta Meetha)|
|2011||Best Playback Singer – Male||"Zindgi Do Pal Ki" (Kites)||Won|
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