Legendary R&B Pop Trio
SWV, also known as Sisters with Voices, is an American Grammy-award nominated female R&B/pop trio from New York. Formed in 1990, SWV had a series of hits, including “Weak”, “Right Here/Human Nature”, “I’m So Into You”. The group disbanded in 1999 and pursued solo projects in different genres. SWV is currently ranked #100 on Top 500 Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years They have also gone on to sell over 15 million albums worldwide.
SWV (an acronym for Sisters With Voices) was formed by three friends: Cheryl “Coko” Gamble-Clemons, Tamara “Taj” Johnson-George and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons. SWV got their start when they sent a 5 song demo to over 15 major record labels in the U.S. They scored a record deal with RCA Records after producer Teddy Riley, a former member of Guy, heard their demo. With Riley’s help, the group’s 1992 debut album, It’s About Time, went double platinum and produced several Top Ten hits.. Initially the girls had named themselves TLC (Taj, Lele & Coko), but were beaten to the name by r&b girl group TLC just 2 weeks earlier.
SWV’s first single, “Right Here”, was released in the fall of 1992, reaching number 13 on the R&B charts. Their second single, “I’m So Into You,” peaked at number 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and reach the top 10 of the The Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number 6. The third single, “Weak”, reached number 1 on both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and The Billboard Hot 100. “Right Here/Human Nature,” the third single and a remix of their first single, “Right Here”, featured samples of Michael Jackson’s hit “Human Nature.” “Right Here/Human Nature” peaked at number 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album’s final single, “Always On My Mind” would reach number 8 the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.
Following the success of their first album, SWV appeared on the soundtrack for the 1994 film Above the Rim. The single, “Anything”, became a Top Ten R&B hit and reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1994. That same year, 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 1995, SWV returned with New Beginning, which was preceded by the Allstar produced number one R&B hit “You’re the One in 1996.”
In 1996 – 1997, SWV released their third album, Release Some Tension followed by the release of A Special Christmas, the group’s last studio album. Shortly after the release of A Special Christmas, SWV parted ways to pursue various solo projects.