The singer KK, (or K. Krishna Kumar / Kay Kay) was born on 23rd of August at Trichur, Kerala. His early days in schooling was in Delhi’s St. Mary and he graduated from the reputed Kirori Mal college Like any other kid of his generation, growing up was midst a plethora of international music ,as diverse as Pink Floyd, Extreme, Sting, Billy Joel, Guns 'N' Roses, Deep Purple and Jethro Tull. Quick to realise his passion for music, he was the lead for as many as three college bands, singing for various forums where he could showcase his singing abilities. He then decided to move to Mumbai, but the struggle had juts begun. Unable to break into the Mumbai showbiz circuit, KK had to wait long before his first break materialized.
He got first break when he got a call to sing a one-minute jingle for Leslie Lewis for UTV, which kick-started his career. More ads followed- notable amongst them are Monte Carlo, Sunny Bajaj, TVS Scooty, Asian Paints, Coca Cola, Jumpin’, Yo Frooti, Colgate Gel, CloseUp, Cinthol, Amul Cheese, Pepsi ‘Yeh Dil Mange More’. 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', the title song of which struck a chord with listeners. Songs titled ‘Aap ki Dua…’ and ‘Yaaron…’ from the same album were also the rage His first song for a Hindi movie was the soulful ‘Chhod aaye hum...’ from Maachis. But it was the love elegy ‘Tadap tadap ke is dil…’ from the movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam that brought him into the arc lights. He went on to woo audiences with his his distinctive voice and his unique style of rendition. Soon he was singing for industry stalwarts like A. R. Rehman, Gulzar, Anu Malik and Shankar- Ehsaan -Loy. He has sung for films like Jhankaar Beats, Jism, Saathiya, Main Hoon Na, Kal Ho Na Ho, Dus, Gangster, Aksar, Taxi No 9211, Dhoom 2, Woh Lamhe, Ta ra Rum Pum, Bhool Bhulaiyya and Om Shanti Om. KK has also sung his way into the southern film industry notching up many hits there. Till date KK has recorded in 8 Indian languages. His latest album is title Humsafar released on February 2008.
KK’s phenomenol track record of notching up chartbusters puts him amongst the most wanted singers of his generation. His impressive roster includes hits like ‘Tu aashiqui hai…’ from Jhankaar Beats),’Awarapan Banjarapan…’ from Jism, ‘Kya mujhe pyaar hai…’ from "Woh Lamhe…’, ‘O humdum suniyo re’ from Saathiya, It's The Time To Disco…’ from Kal Ho Naa Ho, ‘Dus Bahaane…’ (with Shaan) from the film Dus, ‘Tu hi meri shab hai…’ from the movie Gangster, ‘Soniye…’ from Aksar , Kya mujhe pyaar (Woh Lamhe) and ‘Ajab si…’ from Om Shanti Om . In 2008, his songs of Jannat (Zara si dil mein) topped the charts for over two months.
KK has been nominated twice for the Filmfare in the Best Playback Singer category- first in 2003 for his song in Humraaz ( 2002) called Bardaashth nahin kar sakta, and subsequently in 2006 for his chartbuster number Dus bahaane from Dus ( 2005) He was nominated in 2003 for two of his songs for the Screen Awards – Tu aashiqi hain from Jhankaar Beats (2003) and Awarapan Deewanapan from Jism (2003).
He is currently married to Jyothi and has two children.