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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.   Give Love on Christmas Day
  8.   O Holy Night
  9.   Anything
  10.   Can We
  11.   You're Always on My Mind
  12.   All Night Long
  13.   Downtown
  14.   That's What I Need
  15.   Fine Time
  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.   Someone
  23.   Lose My Cool
  24.   Gettin' Funky
  25.   Use Your Heart
  26.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  27.   MCE (Man Crush Everyday)
  28.   Ain't No Man
  29.   Whatcha Need
  30.   Love Like This
  31.   Love Is So Amazin'
  32.   '96 Anthem: You're the One
  33.   Where Is the Love
  34.   Time to Go
  35.   Come and Get Some
  36.   It's About Time
  37.   Love Unconditionally
  38.   Better Than I
  39.   Right Here/Human Nature
  40.   Here for You
  41.   It's All About U
  42.   New Beginning (Interlude)
  43.   What's It Gonna Be
  44.   SWV (In the House)
  45.   Think You're Gonna Like It
  46.   It's All About You
  47.   When Love Didn't Hurt
  48.   Someone featuring Puff Daddy
  49.   Use Me
  50.   Lose Myself
  51.   When U Cry
  52.   On & On
  53.   Release Some Tension
  54.   Leaving You Alone
  55.   Miss You
  56.   Love Song
  57.   Let's Make Music
  58.   Still
  59.   If Only You Knew
  60.   The Best Years
  61.   Do Ya by Brianna Perry
  62.   Show Off
  63.   Co-Sign
  64.   The Christmas Song
  65.   Intro
  66.   Silent Night
  67.   Can't Cope by Sisters with Voices
  68.   Tell Me How You Want It
  69.   Coming Home
  70.   On Tonight
  71.   Co-Sign
  72.   Keep You Home
  73.   I Missed Us
  74.   All About You
  75.   Mystery
  76.   Surprise Me
  77.   Give It Up
  78.   Give It to Me
  79.   Blak Pudd'n
  80.   I'm So in Love
  81.   When This Feeling
  82.   That's What I'm Here For
  83.   Don't Waste Your Time
  84.   Soul Intact (Interlude)
  85.   What We Gone Do
  86.   You Are My Love by Herb Middleton
  87.   Everything I Love

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