Kandi Biography

Kandi Burruss, 17 May 1976, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Burruss and her partner, producer Kevin ‘She’kspere’ Briggs, established themselves as one of America’s leading urban songwriting teams with two contemporary classics, ‘No Scrubs’ (TLC) and ‘Bills, Bills, Bills’ (Destiny’s Child), both of which topped the US singles chart in 1999. Burruss first came to national attention as a member of the platinum-selling vocal quartet, Xscape. She featured as lead on the group’s 1992 debut, ‘Just Kickin’ It’, and co-wrote two of their early hits ‘Feel So Good’ and ‘Can’t Hang’. By the release of the group’s third album in 1998, Burruss was feeling increasingly frustrated at the restrictions placed on her songwriting contributions and elected to pursue a solo career with her new partner Briggs. The duo was rewarded by a string of lucrative commissions. In addition to their work with TLC and Destiny’s Child, Burruss and Briggs have written material for Pink, ’N Sync, Faith Evans and Mariah Carey. In 2000, Burruss became the first woman to receive the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Award for Songwriter Of The Year. Her solo debut, Hey Kandi, was released later in the year. The stand-out tracks ‘Cheatin’ On Me’ and ‘Don’ Think I’m Not’ revisited the themes of ‘No Scrubs’ and ‘Bills, Bills, Bills’ to great effect, although the remainder of the album was a more predictable affair.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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