Female R&B trio SWV (Sisters With Voices) is comprised of three school friends: Cheryl “Coko” Gamble, Tamara “Taj” Johnson, and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons. The all-female new jack swing trio scored a string of Top Ten R&B hits that established them as one of the most popular urban R&B groups of the 90s and founder members of R&B.
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 former member of Guy and arguably 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 breakthrough r&b hit for SWV was the smooth 1992 release “Right Here” this was soon to be followed up with “I’m So Into You”, establishing the trio as a commercial force early in 1993. Then came two number one R&B singles in a row: “Weak” and “Right Here/Human Nature” – “Right Here” – a remix of their first single, that featured samples of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” was an international sucess.
The funky joint “Anything,” in which the trio feature with Wu-Tang Clan was also SWV’s contribution to the Movie Soundtrack “Above the Rim” and became a Top Ten R&B hit in the spring of 1994.
In 1996, SWV returned with the album “New Beginning”, which was preceded by the release & number one hit “You’re The One”. This period saw a shift in style and direction from the group, helping in pioneering the popular R&B Sound of the mid-late 1990s.
SWV emerge back together in 2005 and has not stopped since. Since SWV has reunited they have done several spot dates with Dru Hill, Salt-N-Pepa, Silk, Jon B, Kelly Price, Carl Thomas, Tank, Jagged Edge just to name a few and has traveled extensively all over the World.
Alicia Keys also honored SWV in 2008 at the BET Awards.
SWV most recently appeared on the “Monique Show” and their appearance was one of highest shows for Monique ever.
SWV is one the world’s top selling female R&B groups and is indeed one of the hardest working female groups in the entertainment industry today!