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SWV

With their 1992 debut, It's About Time, the all-female new jack swing trio SWV 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. 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 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 charts, 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 charts; "Right Here/Human Nature" reached number two on the pop charts. 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. However, they 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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Love this song
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Swv some bad girls
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One of the best female Trios of all time!!! No offense to my baby sister on ALLURE.... Love them all. Damn the 90's. Miss it!
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It's the anchor to music today
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I wish music was like this today our music industry is falling apart and I am saying this as 13 I mainly listen to 90s music
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These ladies we're great ..
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bryant0069
This song brings back so many memories for me when times where simple and real
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nanabooismyl i f e 1
me nd my cousin sandra s... :-):-):-):-) ive been hurt before! 92 memories
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Excellent song!!!!
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my all time favorite song!!
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You're Always On My Mind
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One of my favs!!
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Always and still love they songs
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jordynhacket t
Legends yaaaaasss
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Love dis song
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Loved the "It's about time" cd. These ladies was quite talented.
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One of my favorites!!!
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duka.du524
I love SWV and their song: Weak. ❤️❤️
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I wish music sounded like this again!
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Nice jam
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Its. The. One
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I am very inspired by this group especially their song i get so weak in the knees
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oabs2
They were the opposite of envogue in the 90's. In a good way. SWV is my favorite female group of all time!
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mrerickwilli a m s 0 6
Still #1 in my book. What a Jam Jam.
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There are 2 versions of this song a slow version this one and a another ft the Wu tang clan and I LOVE all 3. SWV 4 ever
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NO girl group today will EVER get on SWV"s level. 5th harmony shut the #!## up and hit the bricks.
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Yes a beautiful song you will never be FORGOTTEN
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Huge fan and i Love your musić
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Still a good sound
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Love this song pnut&janice 4life❤️❤️❤️❤ ️ #rainonme
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brandythornt o n 4 3 7 6
Old School Song :)
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denisecollie r 0 9
Memories of my husband and I when we were engaged. SOON TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF MARRIAGE❤���
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Love this song
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They were definitely my favorite
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Great love souls alone amaZing !
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Brings back memories.
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I remember singing this song in 5th grade.. Bring back so many good memories
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I love this song
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Love this group like they are such an inspiring group
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Any female R&B group today sit down shut the hell up LISTEN AND take notes from a REAL group. SWV 4ever.
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I love em ☺��
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Takes me way backkkk! #Knocksmerig h t o f f o f m y f e e t
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jenubiera
Update the bio to include their reality show and their efforts at putting together another album. I love them!
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My cousin and a friend of mine used to act like we were SWV when we were younger! Love all their songs.
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SWU is my favorite ladies group!!
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One of my favorite groups of all time
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YES--I'M WEAK--LOVE IT: RQ/rlh
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tomykalipsco m b
I love these ladies!!! my kinda music too.
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My jam, my type of music!!!
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And also you are the three women I look up to when I am sing on stage from December Mccraw
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