When Kandi Burruss joined The Real Housewives of Atlanta in Season 2, she was already a big name in the music industry. Kandi is well-known for being a part of R&B group Xscape in the '90s, as well as being a songwriter for beloved hits such as “No Scrubs.” And while she's been on the show for 10 seasons and has definitely had additional success in her career as a result of reality TV, there is one aspect of her life that has taken a hit since she began appearing onscreen.
"That’s the thing that has suffered, because I got used to putting so much of my energy into the show and my other businesses, I did not focus on myself as a music artist," Kandi told Variety in an interview.
In fact, it was Kandi's daughter, Riley Burruss, who encouraged her to get back in the game.
"My daughter began bugging me. 'You need to put out some new music.' When Xscape came back together for a tour in 2017, and all of our shows were selling out, it made me miss being on stage and producing music on a regular basis. That’s what I did for most of my life. And it was just as amazing, now, as it was when we first had hits. I don’t know why I stopped that focus, but doing that tour made me re-focus on music. So did my time on Broadway after the Xscape tour doing Chicago. Performing eight times a week put in the mindset of being onstage again," Kandi explained.
And she hasn't stopped since: Kandi gave this interview on the eve of her Welcome to the Dungeon tour, and ultimately credited RHOA with her new tour. "I wanted to put a positive spin on some of the negative stuff from Housewives," she said, referencing the "sex dungeon" that was falsely rumored to be in her home.
As for what you can expect from the Dungeon tour: "It’s a very wild, over-the-top costume party and variety show. I wanted to make people’s mouths drop."
Check out the commercial for Welcome to the Dungeon below, and click here for all the upcoming tour dates.