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SWV

SWV During a photo shoot.
Background information
Also known as Sisters With Voices
Origin Bronx, New York, United States
Genre(s) R&B, New jack swing, Hip hop soul, Pop, Dance
Years active 1990 – 1998
2005 – 2007; 2008- (Occasional Tour Spots)
Label(s) RCA
Associated acts Teddy Riley, Brian Alexander Morgan, The Neptunes, Michael Jackson, New Edition, Diddy, Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Prince, New Edition
Members
Cheryl "Coko" Clemons
Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George
Leanne "Lelee" Lyons

SWV, also known as Sisters With Voices, is a American Grammy award nominated female R&B/Pop trio from New York. Formed in 1990, SWV dominated the decade with a series of hits, including "Weak", "Right Here/Human Nature", "I'm So Into You", and many more. The group disbanded in 1999 and pursued solo projects in different genres. Also to add to the list of great feats SWV subdued, SWV became the first female R&B/Pop group to be nominated for the best new artist nomination in the Rock/Pop category at the American Music Awards nominated with such great talents as Stone Temple Pilots and Blind Melon. For other uses, see Bronx (disambiguation). ... This article is about the state. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... New Jack Swing, or swingbeat[1], is a hybrid style popular from the late-1980s into the mid-1990s, which fuses hip-hop with rhythms, samples and production techniques with the urban contemporary sound of R&B. The new jack swing style developed as many previous R&B styles did... Hip hop soul is the second major subgenre of contemporary R&B. The term generally describes a style of music that blends soulful R&B singing and raw hip hop production. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... Dance music is music composed specifically to facilitate or accompany dancing. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... This article is about the former RCA Corporation. ... Teddy Riley is the name of more than one person of note. ... The Neptunes is the name for the record production duo consisting of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, who created the sound for some very successful Hip Hop, R&B and Pop artists in the late-90s and 2000s. ... For other persons named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... New Edition is an American R&B/Pop group formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1980, that was most popular during the 1980s. ... Diddy can refer to one of the following: Diddy Kong, a fictional Nintendo character Sean Combs, a rap mogul, previously known as Puff Daddy, , Sean John, Puff, and Puffy Diddy (dance act), 1990s dance act responsible for the hit single Give Me Love Diddy Men, the fictitious dwarves created and... Missy Elliott (born Melissa Arnette Elliott July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia), is a five-time Grammy Award-winning American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. ... For other uses, see Timberland. ... The term prince, from the Latin root princeps, is used for a member of the highest ranks of the aristocracy or the nobility. ... New Edition is an American R&B/Pop group formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1980, that was most popular during the 1980s. ... Cheryl Coko Clemons (born Cheryl Gamble on June 13, 1973)) is an American Gospel and R&B singer, and was lead singer of R&B group Sisters With Voices (SWV). ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... R&B redirects here. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... This article is about the state. ... Weak is a R&B ballad recorded by vocal girl group SWV for their 1992 debut album Its About Time. ... Right Here / Human Nature is the title of a number-one R&B single by group SWV, it samples Michael Jacksons hit Human Nature. ... Stone Temple Pilots (abbreviated STP) is an American rock band consisting of Scott Weiland (vocals), brothers Robert (bass guitar, vocals) and Dean DeLeo (guitar), and Eric Kretz (drums, percussion). ... This article is about the band. ...

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Life Style

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: Cheryl "Coko" Gamble-Clemons, Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George and Leanne "Lelee" 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. Its About Time was the 1992 debut from SWV. It featured production from Genard Parker and engineering duties from Pharell Williams. ... New Jack Swing, or swingbeat[1], is a hybrid style popular from the late-1980s into the mid-1990s, which fuses hip-hop with rhythms, samples and production techniques with the urban contemporary sound of R&B. The new jack swing style developed as many previous R&B styles did... Cheryl Coko Clemons (born Cheryl Gamble on June 13, 1973)) is an American Gospel and R&B singer, and was lead singer of R&B group Sisters With Voices (SWV). ... SWV, also known as Sisters With Voices, is an American female R&B trio from New York that formed as three school friends in 1990: Cheryl Coko Gamble-Clemons (born June 13, 1973), Tamara Taj Johnson-George (born April 1973), and Leanne Lelee Lyons (born July 17, 1974). ... SWV, also known as Sisters With Voices, is an American female R&B trio from New York that formed as three school friends in 1990: Cheryl Coko Gamble-Clemons (born June 13, 1973), Tamara Taj Johnson-George (born April 1973), and Leanne Lelee Lyons (born July 17, 1974). ... Teddy Riley is the name of more than one person of note. ... Guy is a popular 1980s and 1990s hip-hop, R&B and soul band that was one of the early pioneers of hip-hop/R&B music and which set a trend in the late 1980s and early 1990s in a movement called the New Jack Swing. ... Jodeci is an American musical group, whose repertoire included R&B, soul music, and new jack swing. ... Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971) is an American R&B, soul, and hip hop soul singer-songwriter, occasional rapper, record producer, actress, and hip hop icon who has sold more than 40 million records and over 10 million singles worldwide. ...


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. Weak is a R&B ballad recorded by vocal girl group SWV for their 1992 debut album Its About Time. ... Right Here / Human Nature is the title of a number-one R&B single by group SWV, it samples Michael Jacksons hit Human Nature. ... For other persons named Michael Jackson, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation). ... Thriller track listing Billie Jean (6) Human Nature (7) P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (8) Human Nature is a single released by Michael Jackson from his 1982 hit album, Thriller. ...


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 two years later the group's past successes were recalled on their Greatest Hits. Above the Rim is a 1994 basketball-drama film, written by Jeff Pollack and Benny Medina, and directed by Jeff Pollack. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... BLACKstreet is an American R&B group founded in 1992 by Teddy Riley, a New Jack Swing pioneer known for his work as a member of Guy. ... New Beginning is the fourth album by African American singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman, released in 1995 (see 1995 in music). ... Youre the One is the title of a number-one R&B single by group SWV. The hit song spent one week at number-one on the US R&B chart. ... Release Some Tension is SWVs third album. ...


In 2005, SWV reunited with plans for a new album. In 2007, they served as one of the opening acts for New Edition. They would disband again later that year without releasing any new songs. Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George is married to former NFL running back Eddie George. Lelee is the mother of two children, Margaret & Khiry Lyons while Coko is married to Drummer and Producer, Big Mike Clemons, and is the mother of two sons, Jazz (from a previous relationship) and Jalen. A reunion album for the fans is still planned, but a date has not been set yet. New Edition is an American R&B/Pop group formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1980, that was most popular during the 1980s. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... P.J. Daniels was a star running back for Georgia Tech from 2002-2005. ... Edward Nathan George, Jr. ...


Just recently, SWV have returned to Toronto in 2008, performing some of their hits for the birthday of one of the Djs.


Trivia

  • The name TLC was first intended for SWV to have but TLC beat them by a couple of weeks to the name.
  • SWV was voted Female Group Of The Decade by the Kids Choice Awards in 1993.
  • Many famous singers covered some of SWV hits Jojo Weak, Christina Aguilera Weak, and Leona Lewis I'm So Into You.
  • When SWV retired they all got checks worth $20,000 from RCA.
  • Coko and Lelee first cars were a BMW and Taj first car was a Toyota Land Cruiser, it is seen at the beginning of the single You're Always On My Mind. Coko also bought her mom an Infiniti.
  • SWV also made special guest appearances in plenty of other videos and singles.
  • Destiny Child opened for SWV during the 1996-1997 tour.
  • Michael Jackson is a big fan of SWV he was the one that pointed out SWV to producers to make the smash hit Right Here.
  • SWV covered Switch's There Will Never Be A Better Love.
  • SWV appeared on shows like: All That, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Micky Mouse House, and New York Undercover.
  • In Jojo's cover of Weak you can hear SWV singing in the background.
  • SWV is known to perform a remake of Patti Labelle's song "If Only You Knew" in their concerts. It's known to be a crowd pleaser, also Coko performed the song on Motown Live as a solo artist in 2000.
  • SWV were also the only Female Group from the nineties to release more than 6 singles off one record.
  • SWV first album It's About Time has sold 15.5 million units to this day.
  • Lelee is looking forward to releasing a pilot for a show that shows what she's been up to these days and hitting tour spots with fellow singers Coko and Taj. It will be something like Taj hit show I married a Baller, it will most likely appear on VH1 or MTV.

TLC is an American music group, whose repertoire spanned R&B, hip hop and pop. ... The Kids Choice Awards is an awards ceremony hosted by Nickelodeon. ... Jojo or variants therefrom can refer to: Joseph Henry Jo Jo White, a former player for the Boston Celtics Joel Jo-Jo Hailey, a male R&B singer from K-Ci & JoJo and Jodeci JoJo Savard, a self-proclaimed 1-900 psychic JoJo the Monkey, a minor character in the... This article is about the singer. ... Leona Louise Lewis (born 3 April 1985) is a British singer and winner of the third series of The X Factor UK television talent show. ... Right Here / Human Nature is the title of a number-one R&B single by group SWV, it samples Michael Jacksons 1983 hit Human Nature. The hit song spent seven weeks at number-one on the US R&B chart. ... Patti LaBelle (born May 24, 1944) is an American R&B, soul singer and songwriter. ... Its About Time was an American fantasy-based comedy TV series that aired on CBS for one season of 26 episodes in 1966-1967. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994 and VH1: Music First until 2003) is an American digital television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ...

Discography

Further information: SWV discography

Albums

EPs

  • 1992 The Remixes (EP)

Its About Time was the 1992 debut from SWV. It featured production from Genard Parker and engineering duties from Pharell Williams. ... New Beginning is the second album from R&B group SWV. The first single to be released from that album was a top 5 and #1 R&B smash Youre The One. ... Release Some Tension is SWVs third album. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Compilations

SWVs Greatest Hits album contains all of their biggest hits. ... This collection gathers up the trios best hits. ...

Album Sales

RIAA reported hit group SWV has sold more than 25 million albums to date, not including best of, remixes and etc, Nielsen SoundScan reported SWV has sold more than 30 million albums including best of, Platinum and Gold Collection, Remixes, Coko solo sales and the Christmas Album. The RIAA Logo. ... Nielsen SoundScan is an information system created by Mike Fine and Mike Shalett that tracks sales data for singles, albums, and music video products in Canada and the United States for Billboard and other music industry companies. ...


Tours

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Opening Acts

Some popular and none popular opening acts for SWV were Destiny's Child, 702, Total, Jade and Xscape.


Awards & nominations

Year Award
1993 American Music Award Win for Favorite New Artist - Pop / Rock
1993 American Music Award Win for Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Soul / Rhythm & Blues
1993 American Music Award Win for Favorite Album - Soul / Rhythm & Blues ("It's About Time")
1993 American Music Award Win for Favorite New Artist - Soul / Rhythm & Blues
1993 Kids Choice Awards Win for Female Group Of The Decade
1993 Billboard Music Award Win for Top Hot 100 Singles Artists - Duos/Group
1993 Billboard Music Award Win for Top R&B Artists - Duos/Group
1993 Billboard Music Award Win for Top R&B Singles Artists - Duos/Group
1993 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Pop Artists - Duo/Group
1993 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top New Pop Artist
1993 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Hot 100 Singles Artist
1993 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Hot 100 Airplay Track for "Weak"
1993 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top R&B Artist
1993 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top New R&B Artist
1993 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top R&B Album Artists - Duos/Group
1993 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top R&B Singles Artist
1994 Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist
1994 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top R&B Singles Artists - Duos/Group
1994 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top R&B Artists - Duos/Group
1997 Soul Train Lady of Soul Award nomination for Best R&B Soul single by a Group, Band, or Duo

The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major US music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major US music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major US music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major US music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The Kids Choice Awards is an awards ceremony hosted by Nickelodeon. ... The Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by Billboard magazine and held annually in December, is one of several annual United States music awards shows (among the others are the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by Billboard magazine and held annually in December, is one of several annual United States music awards shows (among the others are the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by Billboard magazine and held annually in December, is one of several annual United States music awards shows (among the others are the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by Billboard magazine and held annually in December, is one of several annual United States music awards shows (among the others are the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by Billboard magazine and held annually in December, is one of several annual United States music awards shows (among the others are the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by Billboard magazine and held annually in December, is one of several annual United States music awards shows (among the others are the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by Billboard magazine and held annually in December, is one of several annual United States music awards shows (among the others are the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... Weak is a R&B ballad recorded by vocal girl group SWV for their 1992 debut album Its About Time. ... The Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by Billboard magazine and held annually in December, is one of several annual United States music awards shows (among the others are the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by Billboard magazine and held annually in December, is one of several annual United States music awards shows (among the others are the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by Billboard magazine and held annually in December, is one of several annual United States music awards shows (among the others are the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by Billboard magazine and held annually in December, is one of several annual United States music awards shows (among the others are the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy for Best New Artist has been awarded since 1960. ... The Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by Billboard magazine and held annually in December, is one of several annual United States music awards shows (among the others are the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by Billboard magazine and held annually in December, is one of several annual United States music awards shows (among the others are the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show aired in national syndication that honors the best in Black music and entertainment. ...

See also

This is a non-definitive list of best selling recording artists, embracing worldwide single and album sales. ... Top Heatseekers is a weekly albums chart introduced by Billboard in 1993 whose purpose is to highlight sales by new and developing musical recording artists. ... Top of the Pops was a long-running British music chart television programme shown each week on BBC and now licensed for national versions around the world. ...

References

  • SWV on All Music Guide
  • SWV on Billboard.com

External links


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SWV's series of top 10 hits on the U.S. Billboard RandB chart made them one of the most successful and popular urban groups of the 1990s.
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Bio: 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.
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