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

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