Singer, songwriter, and reality television star Kandi Burruss (pictured) must have an abundance of energy these days.
The 41-year-old “Real Housewives of Atlanta” co-star has been very visible and active in running her family restaurant business called “Old Lady Gang.” She has also continued to play a critical role in the success of her Bravo-backed television show.
However, die-hard fans of Burruss know her as the co-founder of the R&B super-group/quartet called Xscape. Discovered by So So Def Recordings music producer and CEO Jermaine Dupri, the four lovely songstresses wowed listeners in the 1990s with big hits like “Feels So Good,” “My Little Secret,” and “Who Can I Run To?”
Burruss has been working hard with fellow Xscape co-founders Tameka “Tiny” Cottle-Harris and Tamika Scott to launch a national comeback tour. The ladies also made a stunning appearance at this year’s Essence Festival. However, times were not always easy for the legendary singing group during their glory days.
In an exclusive interview with Essence Magazine, Burruss broke down some of the things that led to Xscape breaking up in the first place. The well-paid musical wordsmith also talked about the woes of not knowing the business as well in her younger years.
“When we started things off, there was a lot we didn’t capitalize off of when we were younger – and we didn’t tour enough,” Burruss told Essence in her exclusive interview. “So it was a lot of money that we missed out on,” she continued.
Burruss went on to describe how she learned to monetize her talent and opportunities in the business a lot better after the group broke up. She adds:
“Even though we were very successful, we had three platinum albums, and multiple Top 10 hits, for that type of success, I don’t feel like we walked away with the type of money that we should of. I feel like we should’ve been writing a lot more. It’s kind of crazy after Tiny and I, we did ‘No Scrubs’ and right after, that we separated, and whatever, and when I started seeing those checks, I was like ‘Man, this is money we’ve been missing out on all this time.'” (Essence.com)