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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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    '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

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