Super woman? Indeed. Through a myriad of pivotal endeavors, and a brave approach to manifesting her own destiny throughout the years, this luminary may have stumbled upon a few obstacles along the road to super stardom, but quick thinking, and assurance in each step are the reasons why she is known worldwide as one of our most influential musical entertainers.
Burruss got her start in the early 1990s when she sang in the all girl group Xscape, a quartet that also sparked the career of member Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, and garnered them a huge following along with a string of R&B hits.
When the group disbanded in the late 1990s, Burruss tried her hand at a solo career, with the release of her debut album entitled “Hey Kandi.” However, lack of album sales cost the artist her record contract, but the bump in the road only opened a doorway to a richer opportunity.
Burruss poured her soul into penning songs for other artists. Her work on TLC’s “No Scrubs,” earned Burruss a Grammy, a BillBoard Music Award, an MTV Video Music Award and the prized role of being the first African American woman in history to win the ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year Award.
Burruss is also responsible for Destiny Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills,” Pinks “There You Go,” and a catalog of other music, which she has written for artists like Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Usher, proving that whether in front of the microphone, or behind the pen, her talent has no ceiling, nor can any set back stop her success.
“I’ve done a lot of amazing things, but I never felt like I’d found success as a solo artist,” Burruss shared. “I’d found success in a group, as well as helping other people blow up. But when it came to me by myself, I didn’t feel like I’d accomplished that. Two years ago I told myself that I was going to put my solo album out even if I had to put it out by myself, so when I ended up doing the song “Fly Above,” Warner Brothers reached out to me and wanted to be apart of the album.”
“Kandi Koated,” hit stores December 14, 2010 to a positive reception. The CD boasts a classic sound with a heartfelt storyline of memories and moments in Burruss’ love life that easily reflect a feeling all our own. The CD includes the lead singles “I Need,” and “Fly Above,” along with a duets with friend and former Xscape member Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, and Neyo.
“The album is true R&B. I tried to bring together a classic album but at the same time have that 90s influence to because to me the 90s was my favorite time in R&B,” Burruss states, “I basically went back and listened to all the old Xscape albums from when I was in the group, and then I made songs which I asked myself, ‘If I was to make an album for that group today, what would it sound like?’ And that’s the sound of my album. As far as the inspiration for the songs, they’re almost all relationship songs. From meeting that love, losing the love, too wanting to get it back.”
Currently, Burruss is on a world tour with the artists Fantasia and Eric Benet. She is also in gearing up to work on other projects including trying her hat at executive producing a television series, which she hopes will get picked up by a major network this coming year.