Singer, songwriter, and television personality Kandi Burruss first stepped into the spotlight when she was only 15 years old, making an appearance on BET’s Teen Summit Showcase. The show proved to be a major stepping stone for the young singer, who went on to land a spot as one of the members of R&B vocal quartet Xscape. The group shot to mainstream success on the strength of big hits like “Just Kickin’ It” and “Understanding,” earning several gold and platinum records before disbanding in 1998. Following the breakup, Burruss worked on establishing herself as one of the hottest songwriters in hip-hop and pop music, writing massive hits including TLC’s “No Scrubs” and Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills.” She went on to write material for several big-name artists including Mariah Carey, *NSYNC, Boyz II Men, Da Brat, and MC Lyte before finally releasing her debut solo album Hey Kandi… in 2000. Burruss continued to write and collaborate with artists throughout the 2000s, spending less time in the spotlight until she starred on the second season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2009. Her second album, Kandi Koated, arrived one year later.
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