By Christina Brown
Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star and former Xscape member Kandi Burruss is doing it big this season. The singer/songwriter, producer and reality star is not only one of the lovely faces gracing UPTOWN’s Dec/Jan issue on newsstands now, but she is also in the midst of promoting her recently released album Kandi Koated. A sultry mix of R&B hits from love songs to slow jams to sassy girl anthems, the album encompasses the many facets of Kandi and all she’s been through. As a former R&B group member, a mother and a recent overcomer of her fiancé AJ’s untimely murder, Kandi has a lot to talk about and she pours out her heart in every word and melody on her album. UPTOWN sat down with the singer at Carol’s Daughter in Harlem for a quick Q&A. Find out why she’s not only talented but, like her name suggests, truly sweet…
UPTOWN: What was the inspiration behind the album?
Kandi Burruss: What inspired it is all the relationships I’ve been in. There are a lot of songs about love, and some about breaking up but all of them are relatable.
Any notable collaborations or favorite songs?
Well I’ve got my girl Tiny on a record with me. The single we did together is called Super Woman. I’ve been getting a lot of tweets about it. Now that everyone has the album I get people telling me their favorites. Fly Above is on the album. There’s also a song called Leroy Jones and it’s basically a song bigging up men who won’t mind being with a woman with children, and doesn’t mind being a father to somebody else’s child. I think those men are so important and I wanted to do something bigging them up because my stepfather was like that. His name was Leroy Jones. I also had Ne-Yo on the album. He did a song called Me & You which I love.
So you are featured on the most recent cover of UPTOWN Magazine with the other Real Housewives of Atlanta. How is it going with the girls?
Everything is good with the Real Housewives. I mean now our ratings are over 3 million viewers a week. And this is our longest season ever, we’re going all the way ‘till the first week of February. So I’m appreciative to our fans and I definitely think that I will be doing one more season.
Do you think you’ll be up for another season?
I always said I would just take it one season at a time. But it has been helpful for my music. Everyone at Bravo has been very supportive of me and I’m thankful for that. I am not a “reality star” by profession. Reality TV is just something I do for fun and they end up catching me doing what I do in my career which is entertainment business, music, production, my store Tags and all that stuff. So I figure, it’s cool. As long as it doesn’t hinder me from doing the things I really need to, then I’m ok with it.
CLIQUE for UPTOWN’s exclusive photos from Kandi’s Private Album Release Party in Atlanta.