KK (singer)

Krishnakumar Kunnath (popularly known as KK, K.K. or Kay Kay) is an Indian singer. He has been a prominent singer in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali and Gujarati languages films.[1] KK is noted for his clear and soothing voice; broad vocal range and noteplay. [2]

Krishnakumar Kunnath
KK Performing Live at Alive India in Concert, Bangalore, India in Jan
KK Performing Live at Alive India in Concert, Bangalore, India in Jan
Background information
Birth nameKrishnakumar Kunnath
Also known asKK, K.K., Kay Kay
Born23 August 1968
Delhi, India
GenresIndipop, rock, bollywood music
Years active1996–present
WebsiteOfficial web page of KK

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Personal lifeEdit

KK with his wife Jyothy, son Nakul Krishna and daughter Taamara[3]

Born in Delhi to Hindu Malayali parents C. S. Menon and Kunnath Kanakavalli,[4] Krishnakumar Kunnath was brought up in New Delhi.[5] KK sang 3,500 jingles before breaking into Bollywood.[6] He is an alumnus of Delhi's Mount St Mary's School[6] and graduated from Kirori Mal College,[7] Delhi University. He sang in the "Josh of India" song for the support of Indian Cricket Team during Cricket World Cup of 1999.[8] This song featured members of the Indian Cricket Team

KK married his childhood love Jyothy in 1991.[9] His son Nakul Krishna Kunnath sang a song "Masti" from his latest album Humsafar with him.[10] 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.[citation needed] Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, Led Zeppelin are also favourite international singers and bands of KK.[citation needed] 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."[11] KK has never undergone any formal training in music.[12]


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.[9]

Playback singingEdit

Performing Live at The JockeyClub Auditorium, Hong Kong

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.[10] 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.[9] 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).[13] Pritam Chakraborty is also a fan of him.[citation needed] He got his Bollywood break "Tadap Tadap" from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999).[13] However, prior to this song he had sung a small portion of the song "Chhod 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.[14] He has worked with almost every music director of Hindi film industry active from 1999. He has lent his voice to the biggest hit song of the year 2014 "Tune Maari Entriyaan" among several others in Gunday. KK's new song from the movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan called "Tu Jo Mila" has become popular, many times remained No.1 on iTunes.[citation needed] Guinness World Record holder Kumar Sanu who reigned as the top playback singer during the 1990s, has mentioned in several interviews that from the new generation of singers he admires KK. Popular singer Arijit Singh said he has been inspired by KK in singing, and is a big fan of KK.[citation needed] Another popular Bollywood singer, Ankit Tiwari also said he has been greatly influenced by KK and he takes KK as his idol and inspiration.[15]

Albums and televisionEdit

KK Performing Live at Alive India in Concert (Bangalore), Jan 2016

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 prestigious Screen award as best singer. He is very good friend of Jeevan Deep Prakash—Only resource of OCMC in India )

On 22 January 2008, KK released his second album Humsafar after a gap of eight years.[16] 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.[17]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.

Other projectsEdit

In 2013, KK sang for an international album, Rise Up – Colors of Peace, which consists of songs written by Turkish poet Fetullah Gulen and sung by artists from 12 countries. KK recorded a song named "Rose of My heart" for the album.

In 2010, the Indi Band "Bandish" produced their second self-titled album. The album has a high energy track in the album Tere Bin – a rock ballad sung by KK.


His debut album Pal was released in April 1999. His performance on the album received a Star Screen Award from Screen India for Best Male Singer.[18]

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.

Year Album(s) Music Director(s)
Solo Albums
1999 Pal Lesle Lewis
2008 Humsafar KK
2002 Humraaz Himesh Reshammiya
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


KK performing in 2009

Selected DiscographyEdit

Awards and honorsEdit


Year Award(s) Language Category Result
2005 Hub Awards Tamil Best Playback Singer- Male Won
2010 Filmfare Awards South Kannada Best Playback Singer- Male Nominated
2012 Eenam-Swaralaya Singer of the Year Award Malayalam Singer of the Year Won


Filmfare Awards
2000 Best Playback Singer – Male "Tadap Tadap" (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam) Nominated
2003 Best Playback Singer – Male "Bardaasht" (Humraaz)
2006 Best Playback Singer – Male "Dus Bahane" (Dus)
2007 Best Playback Singer – Male "Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai" (Gangster)
2008 Best Playback Singer – Male "Ajab Si" (Om Shanti Om)
2009 Best Playback Singer – Male "Zara Sa" (Jannat)
Best Playback Singer – Male "Khuda Jane" (Bachna Ae Haseeno)
Screen Awards
1999 Best Playback Singer – Male (Non-Film Music)[18] "Pal" (Pal) Won
2004 Best Playback Singer – Male "Awarapan Banjarapan" (Jism) Nominated
Best Playback Singer – Male "Tu Aashiqui Hai" (Jhankaar Beats)
2006 Best Playback Singer – Male "Dus Bahane" (Dus)
2007 Best Playback Singer – Male "Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai" (Gangster)
2008 Best Playback Singer – Male "Ajab Si" (Om Shanti Om) Nominated
2009 Best Playback Singer – Male "Khuda Jaane" (Bachna Ae Haseeno) Won
Zee Cine Awards
2005 Best Playback Singer – Male "Dus Bahane" (Dus) Nominated
2007 Best Playback Singer – Male "Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai" (Gangster)
2008 Best Playback Singer – Male "Ajab Si" (Om Shanti Om)
2011 Best Playback Singer – Male "Zindagi Do Pal Ki" (Kites)
IIFA Awards
2004 Best Playback Singer – Male "Tu Aashiqui Hai" (Jhankaar Beats) Nominated
2006 Best Playback Singer – Male "Dus Bahane" (Dus)
2007 Best Playback Singer – Male "Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai" (Gangster)
2008 Best Playback Singer – Male "Ajab Si" (Om Shanti Om)
2009 Best Playback Singer – Male "Khuda Jaane" (Bachna Ae Haseeno)
Apsara Awards
2008 Best Playback Singer – Male "Ajab Si" (Om Shanti Om) Nominated
2009 Best Playback Singer – Male "Khuda Jane" (Bachna Ae Haseeno)
2011 Best Playback Singer – Male "Sajde" (Khatta Meetha)
Gima Awards
2011 Best Playback Singer – Male "Zindgi Do Pal Ki" (Kites) Nominated
2013 Best Playback Singer – Male "Tujhe Sochta Hoon" (Jannat 2)
Goldie Film Awards, US
2012 Best Playback Singer – Male "Chalte Jaana Hain" (Life! Camera Action...) Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
2011 Best Playback Singer – Male "Zindgi Do Pal Ki" (Kites) Nominated
Stardust Awards
2014 Best Playback Singer – Male "Tune Maari Entriyaan " (Gunday) Nominated
Annual Central European Bollywood Awards
2011 Best Playback Singer – Male "Jaane Ye Kya Hua" (Karthik Calling Karthik) Nominated
2007 Best Playback Singer – Male "Ajab si" (Om Shanti Om) Nominated
Star Guild Awards
2008 Best Playback Singer – Male "Ajab Si" (Om Shanti Om) Nominated
2009 Best Playback Singer – Male "Khuda Jaane" (Bachna Ae Haseeno) Nominated
2011 Best Playback Singer – Male "Sajde kiye" (Khatta Meetha) Nominated
BAMA Music Awards
2015 Best Playback Singer – Male Nominated
Source: Bollywood Hungama.[19]


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