Krishnakumar Kunnath (born August 23, 1968), popularly known as KK or Kay Kay, is an Indian playback singer. He is a prominent singer in Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannadaand Tamil 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. 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.
In 1994, he gave his demo tape to Louis Banks, Ranjit Barot and Leslie 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 Leslie 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 Kadal 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 song 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 music composers such asRajesh 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, Shankar Ehsaan Loy,Pritam Chakraborty, Deepak Dev, Jeet Gannguli, Mithoon and etc. KK has sung many songs with Alka Yagnik, Shreya Ghoshal,Sunidhi Chauhan, Udit Narayan and Shaan.