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Kandi Burruss: A tapestry of talent, business acumen

Charting success beyond music

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

Kandi Burruss, best known for “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” represents more than just a TV personality. Her journey has been a well-orchestrated mix of artistic and entrepreneurial achievements. Starting her career with the renowned R&B group Xscape, Burruss set the foundation for a path filled with critical acclaim and business ventures. Her influence stretches far beyond her television persona, leaving a significant mark on the entertainment industry.

Musical Mastery and Songwriting Success

In the music world, Burruss shines as a true luminary. Her tenure with Xscape brought chart-topping hits, while her songwriting skills were showcased in the Grammy-winning “No Scrubs” by TLC. She has contributed significantly to artists like Destiny’s Child and Pink, affirming her position as a musical vanguard. The late 1990s saw her collaborating with artists like Kevin ‘She’kspere’ Briggs and Tiny Harris, enhancing her reputation as an artist of great versatility. Additionally, her solo projects, though modest in commercial success, underscore her broad array of talents.

From Television Star to Business Mogul

Transitioning seamlessly between television, music, and business, Burruss’s career exemplifies creativity and finesse. Her involvement in “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” opened doors to new creative and business opportunities, leading to several spin-offs. Moreover, her participation in “Celebrity Big Brother” and her triumph as the first female winner on “The Masked Singer” highlight her competitive edge and diverse skills.

Diverse Business Ventures

Burruss’s entrepreneurial spirit is evident in her varied business endeavors:

  • Old Lady Gang: Launched in 2017 with Todd Tucker, this restaurant in Atlanta celebrates Southern cooking, drawing inspiration from Burruss’s family recipes.
  • Blaze Steak and Seafood: This venture, initiated by Burruss and Tucker, introduced an upscale steakhouse to South West Atlanta, featuring prime cuts and fresh seafood.
  • Kandi Koated Cosmetics: Launched in 2018, Burruss’s makeup brand offers a range of animal-friendly lip, eye, and face products.
  • Raising Ace: Started in 2016, this line of baby clothes and accessories is named after her son, Ace.
  • Kandi Koated Entertainment: Since 1999, this has been Burruss’s platform for producing TV and media content.
  • TAGS Boutique: Established in 2009, this fashion venture offers high-end women’s fashion at accessible prices.

A Legacy of Versatility and Innovation

Burruss’ career is an inspiring story of continuous growth and adaptation. Her evolution from a celebrated musician to a successful entrepreneur and TV personality demonstrates her exceptional versatility and sharp business sense, establishing her as an influential figure in the entertainment and business worlds.

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