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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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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
  28.   Silent Night
  29.   I'm So in Love
  30.   It's About Time
  31.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  32.   What's It Gonna Be
  33.   Release Some Tension by Foxy Brown
  34.   Use Me
  35.   Better Than I
  36.   When U Cry
  37.   Whatcha Need
  38.   Co-Sign
  39.   On & On
  40.   If Only You Knew
  41.   It's All About U
  42.   Love Unconditionally
  43.   All About You
  44.   New Beginning (Interlude)
  45.   '96 Anthem: You're the One
  46.   Come and Get Some by E-40
  47.   You Are My Love by Herb Middleton
  48.   It's All About You
  49.   MCE (Man Crush Everyday)
  50.   Still
  51.   Someone featuring Puff Daddy
  52.   Co-Sign
  53.   Time to Go
  54.   Right Here/Human Nature
  55.   Can't Cope by Sisters with Voices
  56.   Love Is So Amazin'
  57.   Soul Intact (Interlude)
  58.   That's What I'm Here For
  59.   When This Feeling
  60.   What We Gone Do
  61.   When Love Didn't Hurt
  62.   Love Song
  63.   On Tonight
  64.   I Missed Us
  65.   The Best Years
  66.   Do Ya by Brianna Perry
  67.   Everything I Love
  68.   Show Off
  69.   Tell Me How You Want It
  70.   Lose Myself
  71.   Where Is the Love
  72.   Coming Home
  73.   Miss You
  74.   Let's Make Music
  75.   Keep You Home
  76.   The Christmas Song
  77.   Intro
  78.   Here for You
  79.   Don't Waste Your Time
  80.   Give It to Me
  81.   Blak Pudd'n
  82.   Leaving You Alone
  83.   Mystery
  84.   Surprise Me
  85.   Give It Up
  86.   Think You're Gonna Like It
  87.   SWV (In the House)
  88.   Where Is the Love by Sisters with Voices