ATLANTA — Kandi Burruss is soaking up every moment of her second claim to fame, knowing how fast the limelight can fade away.
“I’m so appreciative of everything I have now,” said Burruss, a member of the defunct 1990s R&B group Xscape, which had hits like “Understanding” and “Who Can I Run To.”
“When you have success right off the rip, you take it for granted sometimes. I did. I told myself I will never take it for granted again.”
After Xscape broke up, Burruss co-wrote TLC’s hit “No Scrubs.” She has also written music for Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child and Alicia Keys. But her singing career took a back seat to songwriting, and her celebrity diminished.
Thanks to her success on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” on Bravo, she’s back in the spotlight, and is trying to remain there.
During a recent interview at her clothing boutique Tags in Atlanta, the 33-year-old Burruss talked about how the reality show has rejuvenated her music and acting career, and how the recent slaying of her ex-fiance, Ashley “A.J.” Jewell, still brings her to tears.