BLACK MUSIC MONTH SPOTLIGHT: SWV (Sisters With Voices)Published by Justin Joseph on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm.
Since their 1992 debut album, R&B girl group SWV (Sisters With Voices), has sold 18 million albums and singles worldwide. “Weak,” “Right Here (Human Nature),” and “I’m So Into You”—these songs by the trio have undoubtedly become “new school” classics. Cheryl “Coko” Clemons, Tamara “Taj” Johnson and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons, all from New York, collectively brought a street sweet style to the landscape of all female singing groups that set them apart from their more polished contemporaries.
After three successful albums—It’s About Time (1992), New Beginning (1996), and Release Some Tension (1997)—The ladies officially disbanded and ceased recording in 1999 to focus on solo projects. Coko released her debut album Hot Coko in 1999, and soon found success as a gospel artist, releasing two albums. Taj went on to marry NFL star Eddie George, and LeLee moved to Atlanta to form a production company, that nurtures young artists.
Thankfully, the ladies reunited in 2005 for a series of New Jack Swing music tours, and a stellar appearance alongside Alicia Keys on the 2008 BET Awards—both of which put them back on the radar of 90’s music lovers and a new generation of fans.
Fastforward to the present. In April 2012, the ladies released the critically acclaimed I Missed Us, their first album in 14 years, featuring production from Lamb, Bryan Michael Cox, and Jazze Pha. From the album’s lead single, “Co-Sign” to a smooth cover of Patti Labelle’s 1983 hit “If Only You Knew,” this album is an testament that R&B music is still relevant.
The ladies were featured on a recent episode of Centric’s music series, As Written. Check out the full episode below: