SWV

SWV

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Female R&B trio featuring 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.
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 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 success.
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
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SWV Discography

Albums

SWV It's About Time (Album) RCA Canada 1992 Sell This Version
SWV New Beginning (Album) RCA Europe 1996 Sell This Version
RDJ 66989-4 SWV Spillin' Flava(Cass, Promo, Smplr) RCA RDJ 66989-4 US 1996 Sell This Version
SWV A Special Christmas (Album) RCA US 1997 Sell This Version
SWV Release Some Tension (Album) RCA US 1997 Sell This Version
SWV001 SWV Release Some Tension(Cass, Album, Mixed, Promo, Smplr, Jee) RCA SWV001 US 1997 Sell This Version
SWV I Missed Us (Album) Entertainment One, Mass Appeal Entertainment Japan 2012 Sell This Version
SWV Still (Album) eOne US 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SWV Right Here (Single, Maxi) RCA US 1992 Sell This Version
SWV Weak (Single, Maxi) RCA US 1993 Sell This Version
S.W.V.* I'm So Into You (Maxi, Single) RCA US 1992 Sell This Version
SWV You're Always On My Mind (EP, Single, Maxi) RCA US 1993 Sell This Version
SWV Downtown (Single, Maxi, EP) RCA US 1993 Sell This Version
SWV The Remixes (EP) RCA US 1994 Sell This Version
SWV Anything (Single, Maxi) RCA US 1994 Sell This Version
SWV You're The One (Single, Maxi) RCA, BMG Europe 1996 Sell This Version
SWV Use Your Heart (Maxi, Single) RCA US 1996 Sell This Version
SWV It's All About U (Single) RCA US 1996 Sell This Version
PR 604 Case / SWV Case / SWV - Touch Me Tease Me / You're The One(12") Hip Hop Remixes PR 604 US 1996 Sell This Version
RDAB-64625-1 SWV On & On(12", Promo) RCA RDAB-64625-1 US 1996 Sell This Version
AZ Featuring SWV AZ Featuring SWV - Hey AZ (Single) EMI Europe 1997 Sell This Version
SWV Can We (Maxi, Single) Jive, Jive, Columbia Pictures UK & Europe 1997 Sell This Version
SWV Lose My Cool (Maxi, Single) RCA UK & Europe 1997 Sell This Version
SWV Someone (Single, Maxi) RCA, BMG Europe 1997 Sell This Version
RDAB-64928-1 SWV Gettin' Funky / Love Like This(12", Promo) RCA RDAB-64928-1 US 1997 Sell This Version