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