Many people know Kandi as a cast member on the popular reality show, Real Housewives of Atlanta. Other than watching the show a few times, I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of it. But I have been a fan of Kandi for quite some time through her original claim to fame, the R & B group Xscape. I believe that Xscape is underrated in terms of their style and contribution to music in the 90s and in general. Their 1995 CD, Off the Hook is still one of my favorite R & B CDs. At the height of the group’s career, songs like “Do You Want To?” and “Who Can I Run To?” ruled the radio airwaves. And then there’s her songwriting skills. Ironically, the biggest songs she’s ever written (TLC’s “No Scrubs” and Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills”) went on to be massive hits for other girl groups. Now she has delved into her own line of sex toys and an online talk show called “Kandi Koated Nights”. And if that wasn’t enough, she’s also teamed up with Bravo for her own version of American Idol called “The Kandi Factory”. Needless to say, she’s got a great business sense about her and is able to maintain multiple streams of income.
But what happens when another one of her projects just comes off as….well, another business venture? Kandi recently released her first gospel single, featuring Marvin Sapp, called “Stay Prayed Up”. The song itself isn’t bad but Kandi’s voice isn’t well suited to gospel to me. Certain genres have certain voices that fit perfectly. Her unique, raspy is honestly a forced fit gospel music in my opinion, but it works perfectly for R & B, or even Rock music. And then there’s the obvious……I’m no saint by any means, but isn’t it just a little strange to fully receive a gospel song from the same woman who has her own line of sex toys and a racy online talk show? Just a thought. But then again, this could make her more relatable to fans. The lyrics here are very powerful (I have to give her credit for that), but is that part really so surprising? Something about Marvin Sapp and Kandi’s voice don’t seem to mesh well here though. But again, it was a smart business move to feature him on the song.
Do you think Kandi has gone too far by releasing “Stay Prayed Up”? Is she really sharing her testimony to inspire others are is this just another lucrative business venture for her? Will you be buying this song or better yet a full gospel album from Kandi (if she releases one)? What do you think of the song itself?