Krishnakumar Kunnath is an Indian Singer who has sung in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, and Gujarati films. He is popularly known as ‘Kay Kay.’
Krishnakumar Kunnath or KK was born on Friday, 23 August 1968 (age 50 years; as in 2018) in Delhi. His zodiac sign is Virgo. He did his schooling from Mount St Mary’s School, Delhi. He did his graduation in commerce from Kirori Mal College, Delhi.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Family, Caste & Wife
KK belongs to a Malayali Family. His father’s name is C. S. Nair and his mother’s name is Kunnath Kanakavalli. He got married to his childhood sweetheart, Jyothy, in 1991.
The couple has a son named Nakul Krishna Kunnath, who is a singer and a daughter named Tamara Kunnath.
He worked as a Marketing Executive in the hotel industry for eight months. In 1994, he moved to Mumbai. He presented his demo tape to Louis Banks, Ranjit Barot, and Lesle Lewis to get his music break. His first singing assignment was given to him by UTV; he sang a jingle for the Santogen Suiting advertisement.
He made his debut as a playback singer with the songs “College Ke Saathi” and “Hello Doctor” from the film “Duniya Dilwalon Ki (Dubbed version).” His first Bollywood song was “Chhod Aaye Hum Woh Galiyan” from the film “Maachis (1996).”
He got his big break in Bollywood with the song “Tadap Tadap” from the film “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999.”
He made his Tamil debut as a singer with the movie “Kodiesvaran,” in which he sang two songs, “Alva Pappa” and “Naan Khelnaatu.” He sang two songs for the Telugu dubbed version of “Prema Desam” in 1996. He made his Marathi debut as a singer with the song “Hi Tarunai” from the film “Spandan (2017).”
He made his Kannada singing debut with the song “Selfish Selfishu” from the movie “Sarvabhouma (2014).” He made his Bengali debut as a singer with the song “Akasher Nile (Male)” from the film “Faande Poriya Boga Kaande Re (2011).” He made his Malayalam debut as a singer with the song “Rahasyamay” from the film “Puthiya Mukham (2009).” He made his Gujarati debut as a singer, with the song “Tari Mari Vato” from the film “Order Order Out Of Order (2018).”
He sang the title track for the TV serial “Just Mohabbat,” which was the first song that he sang for TV. He has sung for many TV shows such as “Shaka Laka Boom Boom,” “Kavyanjali,” “Just Dance (TV series).”
He released his first Album “Pal” in 1999, which was arranged, composed, and produced by Lesle Lewis.
He has sung more than 500 songs in Hindi, and more than 200 songs in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, and Gujarati languages.
- National Award for “Tu Aashiqui Hai” from the film “Jhankaar Beats” in 2003
- Goldie Film Awards, US for the Best Playback Singer Male for the song “Chalte Jaana Hain” from the film “(Life! Camera Action…)” in 2012
- Hub Awards for Best Playback Singer Male in 2005
- Eenam-Swaralaya Singer Of The Year Award in 2012
- Food: South Indian Cuisine, Pastries
- Musicians: A. R. Rahman, Pritam, R. D. Burman, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, Sting, Air Supply
- Music Bands: Deep Purple, Extreme, Eagles,
- He likes travelling, driving, and writing.
- He belonged to a family with a musical background as his father was very fond of music, his mother performed music, and his maternal grandmother was a music teacher.
- His interest in music began during his school days. He used to listen to his mother’s Malayali songs, which his father used to record in a little tape recorder.
- KK never received any formal training in music.
- Seeing KK’s talent, his teacher suggested his father to send him to a music school. He went there and learned a light classical song in just two days but he never showed an interest in learning music, so, his father stopped sending him there.
- The fact that Kishore Kumar, the legendary Bollywood singer, never learned music, gave him a bigger reason to not to learn music.
- During his school days, he used to listen to his favourite songs and hum along; one of his favourite songs was ‘Mehbooba’ from Sholay (1975).
- When he was studying in class 2, he gave his first stage performance in the school. He sang ‘Jab Andhera Hota Hai’ from the film “Raja Rani (1973).” He started taking music seriously after this performance.
- KK married his childhood sweetheart, Jyothy Krishna, and for marrying her, he took the job of a salesperson. However, he quit the job after 6 months to pursue his passion for singing. His wife and his father extended their support and gave him the courage to quit his job and follow his passion.
- After quitting his job, he purchased a keyboard and started making jingles with his friends, Shibani Kashyap and Saibal Basu. Three of them made money too, but KK remained unsatisfied. He, eventually, left for Mumbai.
- After he sang his first jingle, Music director Ranjit Barot asked him about his rate for singing. He was completely unaware of the industry and was very shy to answer. Ranjit then showed him five fingers, which made KK assume that he was going to be paid with Rs. 500. When he received his paycheck, at the last, he was astonished to see that the amount was actually Rs. 5000.
- He is a huge fan of the American singer-songwriter Billy Joel.
- Before his break in the movies, he had sung more than 3500 jingles in eleven languages in the span of four years.
- He considers Lesle Lewis, who gave him a chance to sing his first jingle, as his mentor.
- Many renowned singers and composers such as Arijit Singh, Ankit Tiwari, Pritam, and Armaan Malik admire his voice and his knowledge of music.
- KK, once revealed that he loved being the voice of “Aamir Khan,” and misses singing for him.
- The song ‘Maa’ from the movie “Taare Zameen Par (2007),” was initially recorded by KK. He recorded the song and went out for a holiday. He was told later that few changes were made with the song and he needed to re-record it. KK replied that he wouldn’t be able to do to that and hence, the song went to Shankar Mahadevan.
- In 2013, KK sang the song “Rose Of My Heart” along with Reet for an international album “Rise Up (Colors of Peace),” songs composed by Turkish poet Fethullah Gülen. The album contained the songs which were sung by different artists from 12 countries.
- He sang a song titled “Tanha Chala” for the Pakistani TV show “The Ghost,” which aired on Hum TV in 2008.
- KK recorded the song “Tu Jo Mila” from “Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)” when he was out on a vacation in Sydney. He recorded the song in ‘Studios 301,’ the same studio where legendary singers like Elton John, Madonna, Billy Joel, and Coldplay have recorded their songs.
- His son, Nakul, gave the voice along with him for the song “Masti” from the movie “Humsafar (2008).”