Kandi Burruss is a businesswoman like no other. From her early days as a singer to now creating a Kandi Koated empire, her net worth just continues to grow.
Kandi Burruss: A Star is Born
Kandi Burruss began her life as any other ordinary American girl. Born on May 17, 1976 in College Park, Georgia to Joyce Jones and Titus Burruss, Jr., Kandi Burruss spent her days with her only sibling, an older brother named Patrick Riley. The only difference between Kandi Burruss and most young girls her age is that she knew she wanted to be a famous singer in her years to come. At the age of 15, Kandi Burruss made her first television premiere on BET channel television show Teen Summit when she joined the singing all girl group Xscape. That was the start of the career that would lead Kandi Burruss to be one of the most sought after singers, song writers, television personalities and businesswomen in the industry.
A Businesswoman Like No Other
Kandi Burruss started her career as the youngest member of the singing group Xscape. She later defied obstacles by becoming the most famous and successful member of the group. From a life as a singer, to becoming a song writer, television personality, and later a businesswoman, wife and mother, Kandi Burruss has accomplished all the goals she set out for herself.
Life of a Singer
The singing group was created by producer Jermaine Dupri back in 1993, and Kandi Burruss was one of the lead singers. The singing group Xscape was like no other singing group on the R&B music market as the girls sported a tomboyish style and shared a harmony similar to church choirs. The success that Xscape experienced during their career was due to the fact that fans could relate to the girls. Xscape had three platinum records sold nationally which placed them on the top Billboard list several times. Unfortunately the group disbanded early due to misunderstanding between the members and their management team, and Kandi Burruss attempted at a solo career. As a solo artist, Kandi Burruss delivered her first solo album to her fans which landed on the Billboard top 200 in the 72nd spot in 2000. Kandi Burruss made several more attempts as a solo artist with the release of her first EP Fly Above in 2009, and second studio album Kandi Koated in 2010. Both albums Fly Above and Kandi Koated were received warmly by her fans, however, it landed on the lower end of the Billboard Charts. Kandi Burruss dabbled in songwriting while working on her own which led to some of the most successful singles ever written. The songs that Kandi Burruss wrote were for artists like TLC, Mariah Carey, and Destiny’s Child. Kandi Burruss’ songs would later become anthems for women throughout the generations. Later during her television career, Kandi Burruss wrote a song for costar Kim Zolciak which became a country hit. This proved that Kandi Burruss was a legendary songwriter and that her talent was never fading. Most recently in 2017, singing group Xscape made their comeback selling out their national tour dates and fans couldn’t be happier to welcome the successful group back into the business.
In 2008, television reality show The Real Housewives of Atlanta premiered with reality stars Nene Leakes and Kim Zolciak as their lead characters. The reality show The Real Housewives of Atlanta returned in 2009 with its second season and introduced viewers to Kandi Burruss as one of its leading personas. Kandi Burruss immediately became friends with Kim Zolciak on the show and the friendship between the two women flourished into a business partnership. Kim Zolciak who was pursuing a singing career at the time went to Kandi Burruss for a hit single. The song “Tardy for the Party” became a hit for Kim Zolciak and her career took off. However, later in 2010, Kandi Burruss ended up placing a lawsuit against Kim Zolciak for payment on work completed during the production of the song. This lead to the friendship between Kandi Burruss and Kim Zolciak to falter and the two ladies have never held a friendship again. Most recently, Kandi Burruss and Kim Zolciak were in the media battling out over whom was more famous on the hit reality show The Real Housewives of Atlanta which led fans to believe that Kim Zolciak may reclaim her throne on the hit show. The Real Housewives of Atlanta is currently in its 10th season and no word has been shared whether or not Kim Zolciak will make her return in the 11th season, however, Kandi Burruss holds her position on the hit series.
Kandi Koated Life: Business Accomplishments, Net Worth, and More
While on the reality show The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kandi Burruss took advantage of her position and invited viewers and fans to see the other businesses that she’d been working on. In 2012, The Kandi Factory was released as a spin-off to The Real Housewives of Atlanta series. The Kandi Factory ended up being a single time special which followed the musical production company owned by Kandi Burruss. The Kandi Factory seeks out undiscovered music talents and grooms them into professional artists. Kandi Burruss who was single during her initial appearance in the second season of the show, met her future husband, television producer Todd Tucker while filming on the show. Todd Tucker had been on the production team while the ladies vacationed in Africa. As Kandi Burruss’ relationship with Todd Tucker went from casual dating to a more serious status, the Bravo network offered the couple a wedding special spin-off to display their special day called Kandi’s Wedding. The television special Kandi’s Wedding aired on April 8, 2014 and showed the behind the season controversy and drama experienced by Kandi Burruss, her family, and husband-to-be Todd Tucker. As viewers watched the five episode special Kandi’s Wedding, it became clear that their were some personality conflicts between Kandi Burruss’ family and Todd Tucker. Nevertheless, Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker were married on the show Kandi’s Wedding and this led to another spin-off titled Kandi’s Ski Trip. As newlyweds, Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker took their first blended family vacation. The show Kandi’s Ski Trip was a three episode special which followed singer Kandi Burruss, her husband Todd Tucker, and their blended family as they took a ski trip together. The show Kandi’s Ski Trip showed viewers that no matter how high singer Kandi Burruss net worth was, she was like any other woman with a busy family and children to raise. Viewers of Kandi’s Ski Trip were greatly satisfied with the show and the show received high ratings. Throughout the show The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kandi Burruss introduced more of her business ventures to include her second album as a solo artist Kandi Koated, the first EP release by the singer, Fly Above, and a restaurant opened with her mother, aunts, and husband.
Since her comeback to the Hollywood life, Kandi Burruss has become more social when it comes to her personal life. Kandi Burruss shares her family moments with fans on her personal Instagram page with pics of her children, husband, and outings with friends. And with the success that she’s experienced in her life, Kandi Burruss continues to build her net worth with the display of the many businesses, merchandise, and events that she has.
Kandi Burruss: Fly Above to the Future
As far as Kandi Burruss is concerned, her life is paved in gold. The singer who became a mother for the second time after finding love now lives in Atlanta with her family. Kandi Burruss owns a successful restaurant in the city of Atlanta which puts her in the center of her fans lives and she is not shy in sharing her life experiences with the public. Kandi Burruss demonstrates that there is a level of personal drive that is required to succeed in the tough music and public business of Hollywood and many would believe that this might just be the beginning for the singer.