“I am giving you a little taste of me,” says Kandi of her hotly anticipated sophomore album, Kandi Koated. “When I think of candy coated, I think of adding a little sugar to something and making it better.”
And that’s exactly what Kandi does with everything she touches.
Whether singing, songwriting, running her Atlanta-based clothing store T.A.G.S., raising her adorable daughter Riley, running her own production company or showcasing her life on the insanely popular Bravo reality show The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kandi does it with trademark tenacity and an unstoppable grind.
“Whatever I think of and decide on, I do it,” she says with a charming confidence. Her quiet storm like drive propelled Kandi from a member of the 1990’s super group Xscape (their entire catalogue is platinum) to an extremely respected songwriter on the speed dials of every music label CEO and President.
“After Xscape broke up, I promised myself that I would never be in a situation again to where I was financially dependent on one thing or other people’s actions. That’s when Tiny (Tameka Cottle) and I started writing songs for our own album,” she says. “One of them was “No Scrubs.”
After landing on LA Reid’s desk, the song became one of TLC’s biggest hits and earned a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance for a Duo or Group with Vocal and a nomination for Record of the Year. “Executives from the labels started calling me on a first name basis. It went from just being, ‘She’s in a hot group’ to ‘Let’s sit down and talk business.’”