KK (musician)

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Kristján.
KK
Birth name Kristján Kristjánsson
Born (1956-03-26) 26 March 1956 (age 58)
Minnesota, United States
Genres Blues, folk
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Associated acts KK Band, KK og Ellen, KK og Magnús Eiríksson

Kristján Kristjánsson also known as KK is an Icelandic blues and folk musician. His stage name is pronounced "cow cow."

KK was born on March 26, 1956 in Minnesota, USA, but later moved to Iceland with his family. He attended music school in Malmö, Sweden for four years and then played his way across Europe from 1985 until 1990, when he returned to Iceland. He has been nominated for the Gríma Prize twice and has been awarded the Icelandic Music Prize twice.[1]

In 2007 he toured to Shanghai with Magnús Eiríksson ("Maggi") and Óttar Felix Hauksson in advance of the release of their next recording there and in Iceland.[2]In 2010 he played with his band at the World Expo in Shanghai, representing Iceland.

Personal life[edit]

The singer Ellen Kristjánsdóttir is KK's sister. He composed "When I Think of Angels" and he and Ellen perform it in memory of another sister who died in a car crash in 2002. A video of them performing the song produced by the Icelandic Red Cross is used for Red Cross fundraising.[3]

Traditionally, KK and Ellen perform Christmas music every year in Reykjavík.[4]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Solo
  • 2012: "Frelsið" (ICE #1)
as KK & Magnús Eiríksson
  • 2013: "Á sjó" (ICE #9)

Albums[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • 1994: "Lucky One" (KK)
  • 1995: "Gleðifólkið" (KK)
  • 2001: "Galfjaðrir" (KK)
  • 2002: "Paradís" (KK)
  • 2004: "Upphafið" (KK)
  • 2006: "Blús" (12 Tonar)
  • 2008: "Svona eru menn" (JPV)

KK Band[edit]

1992: "Bein leið"

  • 1993: "Hotel Föroyar"

KK and Magnus[edit]

(at times, credited as KK og Magnus Eiríksson)

  • 1996: "Ómissandi fólk"
  • 1999: "Kóngur einn dag" (Japis)
  • 2000: "Lifað og leikið" (Zonet)
  • 2003: "22 Ferðalög" (Zonet)
  • 2005: "Fleiri ferðalög" (Zonet)
  • 2007: "Langferðalög" (Zonet)
  • 2011: "Þrefaldur" (Zonet 044) (three-disc set including Ómissandi fólk, Kóngur einn dag, and Lifað og leikið.)
  • 2013: "Úti á sjó"

KK and Ellen[edit]

  • 2005: "Jólin eru að koma"
  • 2011: "Jólin"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KK á Gljúfrasteini", Mál og Menning 13 June 2009 (Icelandic)
  2. ^ Jóhann Bjarna Kolbeinsson, KK og Maggi til Kína: Kristján Kristjánsson og Magnús Eiríksson gefa út plötu á framandi slóðum", Morgunblaðið 16 February 2007 (Icelandic)
  3. ^ Resources, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, 2002.
  4. ^ KK and Ellen, Things to Do, VisitReykjavik.is, 2 December 2010.

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