Living In The Spotlight Featuring SWV

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11:  Singers Leanne "Lelee" Lyons, Tamara Johnson-George and Coko from SWV attend the 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Living In The Spotlight Featuring SWV

Things you may or may not know about one of our all-time favorite groups. Everybody loves them some SWV!

Published October 23rd

  1. Get To Know: SWV
    SWV album cover

    Sisters With Voices, better known as SWV (Cheryl "Coko" GambleTamara "Taj" Johnson and Leanne "Lelee" Lyons), is an American female R&BGrammy 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. 

  2. Making It To the Spotlight
    UNSPECIFIED - SEPTEMBER 01:  Photo of SWV  (Photo by Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

    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.

  3. Debut Single
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - JULY 31: S.W.V. (Sisters with Voices) perform at KMEL Summer Jam 1993 at Shoreline Amphitheatre on July 31, 1993 in Mountain View California. (Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

    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. 

  4. Coolest Connection

    SWV's second single, "Use Your Heart," saw the debut of the super producers The NeptunesThe 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. 

  5. Best Collaboration

    "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." 

  6. Exclusive Info

    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. 

Written by BET Staff

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