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With their 1992 debut, It's About Time, SWV scored a string of Top Ten R&B hits that established them as one of the most popular R&B groups of the '90s. SWV (their name is an acronym for Sisters with Voices) is comprised of three school friends: Coko (born Cheryl Gamble), Taj (born Tamara Johnson), and Lelee (born Leanne Lyons). All three vocalists sang in church as children, which is where they learned how to harmonize. A demo tape the group assembled caught the attention of producer Teddy Riley, a member of Guy and the father of new jack swing. Prior to SWV, Riley helped establish the careers of Jodeci and Mary J. Blige. Riley's luck didn't wear out with SWV -- he helped the group craft their debut, It's About Time, which went double platinum within its first year of release. The release of It's About Time was preceded by "Right Here" in the fall of 1992. The single reached number 13 on the R&B chart, but it was the number two hit, "I'm So Into You," that established the trio as a commercial force early in 1993. It was followed by two number one R&B singles in a row: "Weak" and "Right Here/Human Nature," a remix of their first single that featured samples of Michael Jackson's hit "Human Nature." "Weak" also hit number one on the pop chart, while "Right Here/Human Nature" reached number two. One other Top Ten R&B hit from It's About Time, "Always on My Mind," followed late in 1993. "Anything," SWV's contribution to the soundtrack for Above the Rim, became a Top Ten R&B hit in the spring of 1994. Also in the spring of 1994, SWV released The Remixes, which went gold by the end of the year. In the summer of 1995, the trio lent vocal harmonies to Blackstreet's Top 40 R&B hit "Tonight's the Night." In 1996, SWV returned with New Beginning, which was preceded by the number one R&B hit "You're the One." Release Some Tension followed in 1997, and the group disbanded shortly thereafter. The following decade, SWV got back together -- in 2005 -- with plans to record an album, but nothing materialized until they signed a contract with Mass Appeal and issued the 2012 set I Missed Us, a smart update of the group's earlier output. It debuted at number six on the R&B chart and led to SWV Reunited, a reality television series that lasted two seasons on WE TV. Still, the trio's fifth proper album, was released in 2016. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Andy Kellman
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Weak
  3.   Right Here
  4.   I'm So Into You
  5.   Rain
  6.   You're the One
  7.   O Holy Night
  8.   Give Love on Christmas Day
  9.   Anything
  10.   Can We
  11.   You're Always on My Mind
  12.   Downtown
  13.   All Night Long
  14.   Fine Time
  15.   That's What I Need
  16.   I Wanna Be Where You Are
  17.   This Christmas
  18.   My Favorite Things
  19.   Silver Bells
  20.   White Christmas
  21.   Christmas Ain't Christmas (Without the One You Love)
  22.   Lose My Cool
  23.   Someone
  24.   Gettin' Funky
  25.   Ain't No Man
  26.   SWV (In the House)
  27.   Use Your Heart
  28.   When This Feeling
  29.   '96 Anthem: You're the One
  30.   Mystery
  31.   It's About Time
  32.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  33.   Think You're Gonna Like It
  34.   Leaving You Alone
  35.   Love Song
  36.   MCE (Man Crush Everyday)
  37.   Co-Sign
  38.   If Only You Knew
  39.   Everything I Love
  40.   Show Off
  41.   All About You
  42.   When U Cry
  43.   Love Like This
  44.   Love Is So Amazin'
  45.   What's It Gonna Be
  46.   I'm So in Love
  47.   It's All About You
  48.   Do Ya by Brianna Perry
  49.   Keep You Home
  50.   Coming Home
  51.   Let's Make Music
  52.   On Tonight
  53.   Time to Go
  54.   Better Than I
  55.   Co-Sign
  56.   The Christmas Song
  57.   Silent Night
  58.   Come and Get Some
  59.   Where Is the Love
  60.   On & On
  61.   Whatcha Need
  62.   Soul Intact (Interlude)
  63.   That's What I'm Here For
  64.   Blak Pudd'n
  65.   Can't Cope by Sisters with Voices
  66.   Give It to Me
  67.   What We Gone Do
  68.   Miss You
  69.   When Love Didn't Hurt
  70.   Someone featuring Puff Daddy
  71.   Use Me
  72.   I Missed Us
  73.   The Best Years
  74.   Right Here/Human Nature
  75.   Surprise Me
  76.   Tell Me How You Want It
  77.   Lose Myself
  78.   Give It Up
  79.   Don't Waste Your Time
  80.   New Beginning (Interlude)
  81.   It's All About U
  82.   You Are My Love by Herb Middleton
  83.   Here for You
  84.   Intro
  85.   Release Some Tension
  86.   Still
  87.   Love Unconditionally

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