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

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