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SWV Biography

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Birth Place: New York City, New York, United States
Years Active: 1990–1999, 2005-present
Genres: R&B, Hip Hop Soul

SWV (an acronym for Sisters With Voices) was formed in New York in 1990 by three friends: Cheryl Gamble, Tamara Johnson and Leanne Lyons (the group's founder).

They were signed to a record deal with RCA Records in 1992 after producer Teddy Riley, a former member of Guy, heard the demo. With Riley's help, the group's 1992 debut album, “It's About Time,” went triple platinum and produced several Top Ten hits.

SWV's first single, "Right Here", was released in the fall of 1992, reaching #16 on the R&B charts. Their second single, "I'm So Into You," peaked at #2 on R&B and reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The third single, "Weak," reached #1 on both the R&B and Hot 100 charts. "Right Here/Human Nature," the fourth single and a remix of their first single, "Right Here," featured samples of Michael Jackson's hit "Human Nature." "Right Here/Human Nature" peaked at #1 on R&B and #2 on the Hot 100. It was followed up with the additional Top10 R&B hits, "Downtown" (#2), and "Always On My Mind" (#8).

Following the success of their first album, SWV appeared on the soundtrack for the 1994 film “Above the Rim.” The single, "Anything," became a Top Ten R&B hit and reached #18 on the Hot 100 in the spring of 1994. That same year, SWV released “The Remixes,” which went gold by the end of the year. In 1995, SWV recorded “New Beginning,” which was released in 1996 and led by the #1 R&B (and #5 Hot 100) hit "You're the One."

1997 saw the release SWV's third album, “Release Some Tension” as well as “A Special Christmas” a month later in 1997, the group's last studio album. Shortly after the release of “A Special Christmas,” SWV parted ways to pursue various solo projects.

In 2005, SWV reunited and announced plans to record a new album the following year. In 2007, the group performed dates with After 7, Bobby Brown, New Edition, and Blackstreet.

On June 24, 2008, SWV made a special appearance at the BET Awards of 2008, performing "Weak" with Alicia Keys. They also sang the chorus to TLC's "Waterfalls."