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KK

Bollywood Singer from Mumbai

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Krishan Kumar Menon dearly called as Kay Kay was born on 23rd of August at Trichur , Kerala.He did his primary education in Mt Saint Mary , Delhi.Starting out early at school,he went on to win accolades at every annual event. Like any other kid of his generation, growing up meant being surrounded with sound influences of the times. Pink Floyd, Extreme, Sting, Billy Joel, Guns 'N' Roses, Deep Purple and Jethro Tull were some of his earliest influencers. At different stages, KK took to singing with different bands He was the lead vocalist for three different college bands. He sang everything from "Everything I Do, I Do It For You ..."to Mr Big's "Just Take My Heart". And the rest is history. KK's charisma worked with the music enthusiasts.

After graduating from Kirori Mal College Delhi University, KK dabbled with a few "normal" 9 to 5 jobs. He was quick to realise that this was not his "scene." It had to be singing or nothing. His soul was music. Soon, KK began participating in various forums where he could showcase his singing abilities. Be it Quiz Time of 1992 or the Ravi Bajaj fashion show.After a while, it dawned on him that to have a lucrative singing career one had to be in the thick of things--where the action is. That is how KK landed up to the place where the industry really moves--the city of Mumbai. The Mecca of advertising, Mumbai, opened up new vistas for KK. The ad fraternity did not lose time in recognising talent.

However, the road to success has not been a smooth one for this Delhi-based singer who came to Mumbai a few years ago. He started singing on stage when I was two years old. Later, he was part of my college rock band in Delhi after which I started singing jingles.The first few years in Mumbai were frustrating as he drew a blank in all my attempts to break into the filmi circuit. Finally, he got a call to sing a one-minute jingle for Leslie Lewis for UTV which kickstarted his career. Till date KK has recorded in 8 Indian languages. Some of his wellknown and memorable jingles include Monte Carlo, Sunny Bajaj, TVS Scooty, Asian Paints, Coca Cola, Jumpin', Yo Frooti, Colgate Gel, CloseUp, Cinthol, Amul Cheese , Pepsi 'Yeh Dil Mange More' and many more. And thats what he grew famous for prior to his national Indipop release.

Once KK had established himself in the ad circuit, commercial films weren't far behind. He got lucky breaks with stalwarts like A R Rahman, Gulzar and Shekar Kapur.KK has recorded some breathtaking tracks for films. Title tracks for a few TV serials like Just Mohabbat and Hip Hip Hurray have also been sung by him.

KK's forte is pop and rock ballads and is known for his live performances. He genuinely feels that there is a lot of interactive energy that flows when the audience reacts to his music and singing--altogether another "high", so to say. He hopes to do many live concerts in the future with his four member band . His greatest dream of cutting his own album also came true with Pal. It was the result of many months of painstaking effort and studio time. The album was produced by Lezz, who also happens to be KK's friend, philosopher and guide; and Mehboob penned the lyrics. All the tracks have been sung by KK. Pal is what KK is made of and what he firmly believes in.

Pal holds a very special place for KK as it was his first album. Released by Sony Music, the album was also the first Indian solo artist debut album from the company. The album was arranged, composed and produced by Lezz (Leslie Lewis) of Colonial Cousins. The lyrics have been written by Mehboob, who has also written lyrics for music directors like A R Rahman. KK is assisted by a band that comprise Karl Peters on bass, Kalyan Baruah on lead guitar and harmonica, Kurt Peters on drums and Rinku Rajput on keyboards.

Today, KK is one of the hottest names in the ad world. He has sung over 3,500 jingles including Monte Carlo, TVS Scooty, Amul, Britannia and Pepsi's Yeh Dil Maange More in a span of four years.Contrary to popular opinion, he finds singing jingles is a major challenge. KK's dream to sing for a Bollywood movie materialised when Vishal Bharadwaj asked him to sing ' Chhod Aaye Hum Vo Galiyaan'Chod Aaye Hum' in Gulzar's Maachis. But what catapulted him into the big league was the wildly popular 'Tadap Tadap' in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. "It was one of the biggest hits of my career. When I performed at shows in the US, I always chose this song for the grand finale and it never failed to bring the house down," reveals this singer who has had no formal training in music.

He claims he isn't part of the jet-set-mustsee brigade ,No discos,no parties. KK loves to chill out in his cosy apartment at Yari Road with wife Jyoti and his two kids. "Jyoti is a pillar of strength and the sunshine factor in my life," he says. Low-profile he certainly is. And down-to earth too. He still speaks in chaste Malayalam, remembers the sights and sounds of downtown Kerala and believes the best way to draw inspiration for emotions is to look at the poverty and people around us. It's an attitude that's certainly paying rich dividends on the work front. Shows, albums and of course, playback singing - it's all happening for him.


Movies

2011 7 Khoon Maaf (performer: "O Mama")
2010 Guzaarish (performer: "Guzaarish", "Jaane Kiske Khwab", "Daayein Baayein")
2010 Action Replayy (performer: "Luk Chup Jaana")
2010 Golmaal 3 (performer: "Go Go Golmaal")
2010 Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (performer: "I Am In Love - II", "I Am In Love - Dance")
2010 Khatta Meetha (performer: "Sajde Kiya Hain", "Sajde Kiye Hain - Remix")
2010 Krantiveer: The Revolution (performer: "Khuda Mere Khuda")
2010 Kites (performer: "Dil Kyun Yeh Mera", "Dil Kyun Yeh Mera - Remix", "Zindagi Do Pal Ki", "Zindagi Do Pal Ki - Remix")
2010 Badmaa$h Company (performer: "Ayaashi", "Ayaashi - Remix")
2010 Darling (performer: "Hosehore")
2010 Hum Tum Aur Ghost (performer: "Dekho Raste Mein Hasate", "Dekho Raste Mein Hasate - Remix")
2010 Muskurake Dekh Zara (performer: "Sahi Bola Re Tu Samjha Kya")
2010 Lahore (performer: "Ab Ye Kaafila")
2010 Karthik Calling Karthik (performer: "Jaane Ye Kya Hua")
2010 Click (performer: "Yaadein")
2009 Tum Mile (performer: "Dil Ibaadat", "O Meri Jaan", "Dil Ibaadat - Rock")
2009 Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (performer: "Main Tera Dhadkan Teri", "Mein Tera Dhadkan Teri - Remix")
2009 All the Best: Fun Begins (performer: "Main Jitni Martaba")
2009 Dil Bole Hadippa! (performer: "Discowale Khish Ko")
2009 Aagey Se Right (performer: "More Piya - Bar")
2009 Love Aaj Kal (performer: "Main Kya Hoon")
2009 Jashnn: The Music Within (performer: "Aaya Re", "Nazrein Karam", "Nazrein Karam - Remix")
2009 Kambakkht Ishq (performer: "Kambakkht Ishq", "Kambakkht Ishq - Remix")
2009 New York (performer: "Hai Junoon", "Hai Junoon - Remix")
2009 99 (performer: "What's Up", "What's Up - Dance Mix", "What's Up - Grooving Blues Mix", "Punjabi Size")
2009 Billu (performer: "Ae Aa O", "Ae Aa O - Remix", "Marjaani - Balkan Mix")
2009 Sikandar (performer: "Gulon Mein Upbeat Version")
2009 Raaz: The Mystery Continues (performer: "Kaisa Ye Raaz Hai", "O Jaana", "O Jaana - Remix")
2008 Roadside Romeo (performer: "Chhoo Le Na")
2008 Welcome to Sajjanpur (performer: "Sita Ram, Sita Ram", "Bheeni Bheeni Mehki Mehki", "Sita Ram, Sita Ram - Remix")
2008 Hijack (performer: "Yaad Mein Teri Aksar")
2008 C Kkompany (performer: "Sunle Khuda, Do Labjon Mein")
2008 Bachna Ae Haseeno (performer: "Khuda Jaane")
2008 Love Story 2050 (performer: "Meelhon Ka Jaisa Tha Faslah", "Aa Gaya Hoon Main")
2008 De Taali (performer: "Tooti Phooti")
2008 Khushboo: The Fragraance of Love (performer: "Paake Tujhe", "Paake Tujhe - Remix")
2008 Jannat: In Search of Heaven... (performer: "Zara Si Dil Me De De Jaga Tu", "Haan Tu Hain", "Zara Sa Power Ballad")
2008 Jalsa (performer: "My Heart is Beating", "My Heart is Beating Remix")
2008 Race (performer: "Dekho Nashey Mein", "Dekho Nashey Mein - Remix")
2008 My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves (performer: "Allah Beley", "Tum Mile", "Tum Mile - Remix")
2007 Om Shanti Om (performer: "Ajab Si")
2007 Bhool Bhulaiyaa (performer: "Allah Hafiz", "Labon Ko", "Labon Ko - Remix", "Sajda", "Sajda - Remix")
2007 Laaga Chunari Mein Daag: Journey of a Woman (performer: "Ik Teekhi Teekhi Si Ladki", "Kachchi Kaliyaan")
2007 Chak De India! (performer: "Ek Hockey Doongi Rakh Ke")
2007 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (performer: "Jhoom Barabar Jhoom - II")
2007 Life in a Metro (performer: "Alvida", "O Meri Jaan")
2007 Munna (performer: "Kadhulu Kadhulu", "Vastaava Vastaava")
2007 Ta Ra Rum Pum (performer: "Ab To Forever")
2007 Life Mein Kabhie Kabhiee (performer: "Hum Tum Hum Tum")
2007 Hattrick (performer: "Ek Pal Mein")
2007 Game (performer: "Bhigey Naina Kuch Na Kahena")
2007 Unnale Unnale (performer: "Mudhal Naal")
2006 Sainikudu (performer: "Go Go Adhigo")
2006 Dhoom:2 (performer: "Touch Me")
2006 Boss (performer: "Veltunna Veltunna", "Anaganaga")
2006 Kabul Express (performer: "Banjar Revisited")
2006 Kachchi Sadak (performer: "Kachchi Sadak")
2006 Bas Ek Pal (performer: "Hai Ishq Ye Kya Ek Khata", "Zindagi Hosh Mein", "Bas Ek Pal", "Ashq Bhi", "Dheemey Dheemey", "Bas Ek Pal - Remix", "Zindagi Hosh Mein - Remix")
2006 Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (performer: "Golmaal II - Remix", "Golmaal II")
2006 Ashok (performer: "Oka Chinni")
2006 Chup Chup Ke (performer: "Ghoomar", "Ghoomar - Remix")
2006 Gangster (performer: "Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai", "Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai - II", "Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai - III")
2006 36 China Town (performer: "Badi Dil Chaspi" Remixed by Akbar Sami)
2006 Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (performer: "Fanah", "Fanaah" DJ Akbar Remix)
2006 Taxi No. 9 2 11: Nau Do Gyarah (performer: "Ek Nazar Me Bhi")
2006 Aksar (performer: "Soniye")
2005 Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! (performer: "Teri Yaad Yaad", "Teri Yaad Yaad" Love Mix)
2005 Jai Chiranjeeva (performer: "He Jana")
2005 Neal 'N' Nikki (performer: "Neal 'N' Nikki", "Neal 'N' Nikki - The Naughty Mix")
2005 Garam Masala (performer: "Dil Samundar")
2005 Aashiq Banaya Aapne: Love Takes Over (performer: "Dilnashin Dilnashin", "Dilnasheen" DJ Akbar Remix)
2005 Iqbal (performer: "AASHAEIN...", "MUTTHI MEIN AASMAN...")
2005 No Entry (performer: "Ishq Mein", "Dil Pagal Hai")
2005 Dus (performer: "Dus Bahane", "Dus Bahane - Extended")
2005 Kyaa Kool Hai Hum (performer: "Kyaa Kool Hain Hum", "Kyaa Kool Hain Hum - Remix")
2005 Zeher (performer: "Aye Bekhabar")
2005 Jurm (performer: "Rabba Rabba")
2004 Musafir (performer: "Door Se Paas")
2004 Aitraaz (performer: "Yeh Dil Tumpe Aa Gaya")
2004 Popcorn Khao! Mast Ho Jao (performer: "Le Chale")
2004 The King of Bollywood (performer: "My Heart Goes Dhak Dhak All The Time")
2004 Rakht (performer: "Rakht")
2004 Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha (performer: "Go Balle Balle")
2004 Dhoom (performer: "Shikdum" Bedroom Mix)
2004 Shaadi Ka Laddoo (performer: "Biwi Ka Belan")
2004 Nenunnanu (performer: "Nee Kosam")
2003 Fun2shh... Dudes in the 10th Century (performer: "Hold")
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho (performer: "It's The Time To Disco")
2003 Paanch (performer: "Khuda Hoon Main", "Paka Mat")
2003 Footpath (performer: "Soorat Pe Teri Pyaar Aave")
2003 Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (performer: "Chali Aayee", "Ladka Yeh Kehta Hai", "Prem! Prem! Prem!", "Sanjana... I Love You")
2003 Jhankaar Beats (performer: "Humein Tumse Pyaar Kitna", "Jab Kabhi", "Jo Gaya Vo Gaya", "Tu Aashiqui Hai")
2003 Supari (performer: "Bombay Town")
2003 Stumped (performer: "Aisa Hi Bada Hua Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Tendulkar")
2003 Khushi (performer: "Hai Re Hai Re")
2003 Jism (performer: "Awaarapan Banjarapan")
2002 Saathiya (performer: "O Humdum Soniyo Re", "Mangalyam")
2002 Jeena Sirf Merre Liye (performer: "Kash Ke Tujhse Milte")
2002 Humraaz (performer: "Bardaasht")
2002 Devdas (performer: "Dola Re", "Maar Daala")
2002 Santosham (performer: "Diri Diri Diridi")
2002 Filhaal... (performer: "Naya Naya")
2001 Deewaanapan (performer: "Hum Deewane", "Doston Naam Karna Hai")
2001 Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar (performer: "Mil Jaye Khazana")
2001 Lajja (performer: "Jiyo Jiyo")
2001 Dil Chahta Hai (performer: "Koi kahe kehta rahe")
2001 Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai (performer: "Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai", "Pyaar Re")
1999 Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi... (performer: "Lakhon Deewane", "Koi To Mujhe Bata De", "Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi")
1999 Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (performer: "Tadap Tadap", "Kaipoche")
1996 Maachis (performer: "Chhoddh Aaye Hum")


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