Kandi Burruss is an RnB singer who started her career in the 1990’s as a part of the group Xscape.
Burruss was born in College Park, Georgia, the daughter of the Reverend Titus Burruss Jr. and Joyce Jones.She had an older brother, Patrick Riley, who died in 1991 in a car crash at age 22.
Burruss attended Tri-Cities High School in East Point, Georgia, graduating in 1994. She first appeared on the BET series, Teen Summit, at age 15.
After the disbanding of Xscape, Burruss focused on production and songwriting. In 1999, Burruss teamed with groupmate Tameka “Tiny” Cottle to score the international number one hit “No Scrubs” for TLC. That same year, Burruss wrote another song, “Bills, Bills, Bills” for Destiny’s Child. Burruss would go on to work with Pink by co-writing her debut single “There You Go.”
She released 2 albums, Hey Kandi in 2000 and Kandi Koated in 2010.
Burruss and her ex-boyfriend, Russell “Block” Spencer of Block Entertainment, had a daughter named Riley Burruss on August 22, 2002.
In late 2008, Burruss began a relationship with Ashley “A.J.” Jewell and after dating several months, the couple became engaged in January, 2009. However, on October 22, 2009, after sustaining head injuries in a brawl, Jewell died.
Burruss and four friends started a “sex and relationship” web series on Ustream, Kandi Koated Nights. The show started on television in 2011.
On January 15, 2013, Burruss announced via Twitter that she was engaged to Todd Tucker, a former line producer for The Real Housewives of Atlanta, whom she had been dating since 2011 while filming the fourth season. On April 4, 2014, the couple got married. On July 22, 2015, Burruss announced that she was pregnant. On January 6, 2016, the couple welcomed their son, Ace Wells Tucker.
Kandi and her husband reside in Atlanta with their daughters, Kaela Tucker and Riley Burruss; and their son, Ace Tucker.