In 1992, a trio of vocally talented women called SWV was introduced to the music world. The RCA debut, It’s About Time, produced a string of top ten R&B hits including: “I’m So Into You,” Right Here, Downtown, Weak, and You’re Always On My Mind. This montage of musical success established the trio as a commercial force early in 1993. Teddy Riley mentored the group in honing their craft and sound and, as a result, produced the remix to the hit, “Right Here,” which featured samples of Michael Jackson’s hit. The partnership also produced another hit single, “Human Nature,” which topped the R&B charts at number one and popular charts at number two.
In expanding its repertoire, SWV contributed “Anything” to the Above the Rim movie soundtrack, which became a top R&B hit in spring 1994. The entire soundtrack released top ten “smash” hits, which attributed to the multi-platinum status of the soundtrack’s debut. Later that year, SWV released the remix version of “Anything” which achieved gold status. SWV earned 11 Billboard Music Award nominations for its debut album.
In 1996, SWV returned to the music scene with another platinum album, New Beginning, which was preceded by the number one hit, “You’re the One” and The Neptune’s hit, “Use Your Heart.”
In 1997, SWV released its third album, Release Some Tension, which spawned several top ten hits including “Someone” featuring Sean Puffy Combs as artist and producer; “Lose My Cool,” a rhythmic duet of SWV and rap artist Redman; “Rain” a trademark, torch ballad written and produced by the first album collaborator, Brian Alexander Morgan; and the Timberland-produced song, “Can We,” featuring Missy Elliot, which was featured on the Booty Call movie soundtrack.
In the group’s career, SWV has received numerous accolades from its peers in the industry. In 1993, the debut album received nominations for a Grammy, American Music Award and Source Award. The group also won a Children’s Choice Award and a BET “Best of Video Soul” Award.
SWV has appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show, New York Undercover, and Showtime at the Apollo and its music has been included on several movie soundtracks including Waiting to Exhale and Have Plenty.
During the group’s hiatus, Cheryl “Coko” Clemons married Michael Clemons, a union which produced two sons. She has released one R&B album entitled, “Hot Coko,” which produced the hit, “Sunshine,” produced by Rodney Jerkins and Trifling. Coko has also released two gospel projects: the Grammy-nominated, “Grateful” and most recently, “The Winner in Me,” which debuted at number four on the Gospel Billboard charts.
Tamara “Taj” George is married to former NFL player Eddie George and has two sons. Taj starred in her own reality series, I Married a Baller, alongside her husband Eddie. The singer is also an accomplished writer, having authored Player Hate Her, How to Avoid the Beat Down and Live in a Drama Free World. Taj recently appeared in the hit CBS reality series, Survivor, and gained national attention by finishing in fourth place.
Leanne “Lelee” Lyons has two children, has started her own production company and is currently working with several artists as a producer. In addition to her commitment to music, Lelee is matriculating through college as an Accounting major. Lelee is a sought after speaker and advocate for the prevention of teen pregnancy, having served as a guest speaker at Syracuse University and at numerous high schools across the contry.
Taj, Lelee and Coko are major advocates for children’s rights and teen pregnancy prevention.
SWV reunited in 2005 and have hit the stage non-stop, as a commitment to its fans to produce ‘90s-esque hits, touring with Dru Hill, Salt-N-Pepa, Silk, Jon B, Kelly Price and Carl Thomas. n 2008, SWV was also an honoree guest at the BET Awards performing alongside with Alicia Keys, En Vogue and TLC.
Motivated to continue the momentum of success, the group returned to the studio to lend its voice to the remix of Chris Brown’s “She Ain’t You,” in the summer of 2011, which received positive response from fans and the music industry. Months later, 15 years after its debut album, SWV released the single, “Co-Sign,” from the new album entitled, I Missed Us, which will be released in April 2012.
The group’s momentum is stronger than ever. SWV will be touring this summer to promote its new album and taping a documentary/reality show that will highlight the group’s evolution.
SWV is one the worlds top selling female R&B groups and is striving continuously to be one of the hardest working female groups in the entertainment industry today!