Her overly real stature and down to earth mentality makes the world continue to fall in love with her, whether it’s watching her weekly on the Real Housewives of Atlanta, or listening to her latest album Kandi Koated. Kandi is simply the “IT” chick that most girls can identify with, like a family staple.
Kandi has informally invited tons of adoring fans into her actual family, giving a firsthand look at the many levels that her bloodline carries. From overcoming the trials and tribulations of loosing her fiance AJ, and the struggle with her mother Miss Joyce about their relationship, Kandi has remained an open book about her family plights, which makes her even more latchable and all the more likeable. Add that with her obvious love for her daughter Riley and Kandi’s admiration level rises off the meter.
BE Entertained Magazine sat down with Kandi for a heart 2 heart a few weeks prior to the release of Kandi Koated. Kandi deeply opened up about the album, her family, and of course her FAVORITE housewife Kim Zolciak. This is one heart 2 heart interview you don’t want to miss.
IT’S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO SIT HERE WITH THE BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED KANDI! YOU’VE GOT LOTS OF THINGS IN STORED, SO WHAT’S UP?
Well my album Kandi Koated comes out on DecemBEr 14th, so I’ve BEen getting all prepped for that. I’ve BEen on tour with Fantasia, so the tour’s BEen going great. I mean I’ve BEen getting a really good response while I’ve BEen out on the road, so that’s BEen great. I’ve BEen doing press for that, and then the TV show is on, and I have Kandi Koated Nights which I try to do every Wednesday; although it’s BEen kinda hard to do it since we’ve BEen on the road. Kandi Koated Nights is my little sex & relationship show that we do for the internet. It’s just BEen a lot going on, and I’m just trying to scehdule things so I can finish up a couple of other projects that I wanted to work on [like] Lawrence is another on that I want to get started on, so just trying to keep things going.
HAS IT BEEN A WOW FACTOR FOR PEOPLE TO SEE YOU WORKING WITH LAWRENCE AND PUTTING A LOT INTO THAT PROJECT?
You know, I’ve BEen getting a lot of feedback; mostly good, but it’s some people that you get that say things like “why would you wanna work with a gay man? ” but come on now, are y’all for real. This day & age, you’d think we’d BE kinda like past that, but for those who aren’t past it, let me help you get past it. [Laughs]
AND HE CAN REALLY SING HUH?
Yup, he can really sing and the whole point in it for me, was to give somebody an opportunity that didn’t think that anyone would give them an opportunity. It’s not that he didn’t want to sing BEfore; he just knew that he’s a very “out” person. You know, he’s very “LAWRENCE”, and some people can’t handle that or accept that. They want people, a lot of times if they want to BE an artist, to hide who they are. He’s not the type of person that’s going to hide who he is, so he just felt in the past that people wouldn’t give him a chance, so when he & I kinda talked, I wanted to BE the one who said “hey, let’s see what can happen…”
YOU SEEM TO BE THAT FIRE STARTER FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE…KIM.
[LAUGHS OUT LOUD] You know, with Kim I was kinda just proving a point when I first got involved. I always root for the underdog, BEcause sometimes I feel like I’m the underdog in situations. People kinda count you out, or don’t think you can do it certain things; so I always try to show you, don’t count a person out EVER. You never know what can happen when they get with the right team, or the right people. So when she asked me for my help I was like cool. Now that situation could have turned out very bad, or very good; I’m glad it turned out good, Because now people get to see what I do for a living and to know that I am good at what they do. I don’t know what some people were thinking; I don’t know if that thought I was a fluke, but music and writing songs is something I love. It’s my passion, and I take it seriously, so I hate when people doubt my abilities, but in a sense I guess it was me showing people like HEY!
SO LET’S JUMP INTO THE ALBUM KANDI KOATED; IT’S BEEN RECEIVING A LOT OF POSITIVE PRESS. SO TELL US ABOUT IT; I MEAN THIS IS YOUR BABY.
Yes, it is my baby, and honestly, I’m scared. I know it’s crazy to say that, but I am scared. You know, anytime you put out music and it’s close to heart, you want everyone to like it, even though you know that you’re going to have your haters or whatever, but I really put my heart into this album. I tried to make an album where people felt like they could listen to the whole album. A lot of times, you listen to an album and have that one or two songs that you like, but I wanted to make an album full of the songs people will listen to and enjoy. At least the majority of it you’re gonna BE like “that’s hot”. I Tried to pull out some of the big guns on this; I mean, Neyo came out to help me on this project, Justice League, Jazze Pha, Bryan Michael Cox….you know, some of the most heavy hitters. [And] some new ones too…Black Elvis, I can’t forget him. [And] Tiny, she came to support me & did the duet with me, so the album is a really hot album. There’s a lot of love & relationship songs. I feel like it’s a lot of slow & mid-tempo records BEacuse I wanted to bring back that same viBE of the last Xscape album, so to me with it BEing a real R&B album, and thinking about the times when I was in a group. we didn’t have a bunch of fast records.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR DAYS IN XSCAPE?
All the time. Yup, BEcause people will ask me about it all the time, so it’s gong to bring it to light. I do sing the songs on tour…wel some of them. I think about it all the time. And then Tiny, she talks about it all the time.
DO YOU THINK YOU BEING SUCH A PERSONABLE STAR, LIKE YOU ACTUALLY TWEET PEOPLE BACK, AND YOU DO SECRET MEET UPS WITH YOUR FANS, WILL AFFECT HOW PEOPLE TAKE YOUR ALBUM?
I hope it impacts in a positive way. The record laBEl pretty much only went for adult radio, so the single wasn’t really pushed at mainstream stations; so with this album, I’m always thinking about whether there’s enough awareness that the album is coming out. I definitely feel like this is one of those albums that I’m going to have to work. You now how some artists are able to put records out, and you don’t ever expect huge first week record sales, but that person stays on the road, so people get to see them perform, and that album will slowly build, & the next thing you know is that person has sold a million records.
LET’S JUMP INTO SOMETHINGS ABOUT FAMILY. WE’VE GOTTEN TO SEE YOU DEAL WITH YOUR FAMILY FIRSTHAND. HOW’S YOUR MAMA?
My mom is good. My mother has BEEn coming on the road to & she’s really really BEEn overly enjoying herself. I was like Lord. See BEcause my mama should have BEen the celebrity, BEcause she’s really the people person. I can’t say that I’m quote unquote a people person, but my thing is, they say when they meet me “Oh she’s mean”, but it’s not that, it’s just like if I meet you & I don’t know you them I’m like “hey”. But people want me to BE like “hey girl, what you talkin’ about…” but I’m not one of those over the top personalities, I’m real laid back, so when you see me, I’m just gonna say “what up” and that’s about it. But my mama, she BE like “hey baby, this is this…” and she gon wanna talk for an hour.
SO DO PEOPLE ALWAYS ACT LIKE THEY KNOW YOUR MOM WHEN THEY SEE Y’ALL?
You know they do. I guess it’s BEcause people watch us on the show that they think they know us, but it’s like, y’all may feel like y’all know me, but I’m getting to see y’all for the first time, so for me it takes a while to open up, but not for my mama. Oh no, she’s happy; whatever you wanna talk about, she wanna talk.
HOW’S RILEY BEEN? YOU KNOW THE WORLD LOVES HER!
Riley, she’s enjoying her fame. [Laughs] Every night she wants to get on stage…every night. It is hilarious to me BEcause I thought that my daughter was shy, but who knew that I had a budding little star on my hands. I didn’t know.
SO DEFINE FAMILY FOR ME. WHAT DOES FAMILY REALLY MEAN TO KANDI?
Family spirit for me is Being there to lift each other up. Being there for each other no matter what happens. Being that shoulder to lean on & that sunshine to make you smile.
SO WHAT ARE YOUR FAMILY PLANS FOR THE HOLIDAYS?
I don’t know yet BEcause you know I BEen on this tour; and I think I’m supposed to stay on the tour,,,but I don’t know. Last year, I was on the Beach in the Bahamas. Me & Kim actually; we took our families to the Bahamas. But this year, I don’t know yet.
AND WHAT DOES RILEY WANT FOR CHRISTMAS?
I think she wants that thing that teaches you different languages; what’s it called? Rosetta Stone…yeah, she wants that.
WE APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THE TIME TO GIVE US THIS FAMILY HEART 2 HEART.
Thank you all for supporting me & Kandi Koated.
Since Kandi Koated is officially out we’re giving Kandi fans some LIVE footage from her concert in Atlanta opening up for Tank.Tweet