Sisters With Voices, better known as SWV (Cheryl "Coko" Gamble, Tamara "Taj" Johnson and Leanne "Lelee" Lyons), is an American female R&B, Grammy Award-nominated vocal trio from New York City. Formed in 1986 as a gospel group, SWV became one of the most successful R&B groups of the 1990s.
The group was created by Lelee and Coko as founding members. After getting their demo together, the trio sent out demo tapes along with bottles of Perrier to catch the attention of record execs all over America. In 1991, after being invited to sing live in front of RCA executives, SWV was signed to an eight-album record deal. In 1998 the group parted ways and the members began leading their own careers. In 2005, SWV reunited and announced plans to record a new album and in 2007 the group began performing together again.
It's About Time is the debut studio album by American female R&B trio SWV, released by RCA Records on October 27, 1992 (see 1992 in music). It was certified multi platinum by the RIAA for more than two million copies shipped to stores. SWV's first single, "Right Here," was released in the fall of 1992, reaching No. 13 on the R&B charts.
SWV's second single, "Use Your Heart," saw the debut of the super producers The Neptunes. The Neptunes are an American production duo, composed of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, who are credited with contributing the sound for many successful hip-hop and R&B artists in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
"Someone," off of SWV's third album, Release Some Tension, featured one of the biggest producers/artists, Puff Daddy, reaching No. 19 on the Billboard charts, which sampled The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Ten Crack Commandment's and Les McCann's "Valantra."
In an exclusive interview with The Breakfast Club, SWV dished out about info on their TV show with Baller Alert. SWV talked their album "Still," their new reality TV show, on WETV, and the drama that comes with being a part of a girl group.