Krishnakumar Kunnath, 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 films. His musical style is said to have been greatly influenced by the singer Kishore Kumar and music director R. D. Burman. He has also stated that Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, and Led Zeppelin are his favourite international musicians of his. After graduating from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University in commerce, KK had a brief stint of eight months as a marketing executive in the hotel industry. Then in the year 1994, he moved to Mumai and gave his demo tape to Louis Banks, Ranjit Barot and Lesle Lewis to get a break in the music arena. He was then called by UTV and sang a jingle for Santogen Suiting ad. In a span of four years, he had sung more than 3500 jingles in 11 different languages for several different advertisements. He was then 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. Pritam Chakraborty is also a fan of his. He got his Bollywood break “Tadap Tadap” from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. 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. He has worked with almost every music director of the 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. 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. Another popular Bollywood singer, Ankit Tiwari also said he has been greatly influenced by KK and he takes KK as his idol and inspiration. In 1999, Sony Music had just been launched in India and they were looking to launch a new artist. 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 a 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 a very good friend of Jeevan Deep Prakash—Only resource of OCMC in India). Then 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. Throughout his career, KK has also won several awards including the HUB Awards, Filmfare Awards South, etc.
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