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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. However, they 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 was followed three years later by Still. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Stations Featuring
SWV

    '90s R&B

    '90s R&B
    12 songs

    R&B Holiday

    R&B Holiday
    6 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    2 songs

Albums by
SWV

Top Songs by
SWV

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