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

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