Before there was Destiny’s Child, Total, 3LW or Danity Kane, the hottest trio of R&B singers was SWV.
These Grammy-nominated ‘Sisters with Voices’ cranked out back-to-back R&B hits and sold over 15 million records worldwide.
After a 15-year separation, the trio reunited in an attempt to recapture their spot at the top of the music charts. WE TV’s new reality series SWV Reunited profiles the R&B trio as they embark on their make-it-or-break-it comeback tour. The series follows SWV as they write new music, tour and finally face the issues that ended their friendship and their careers once before.
During an interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon the ladies of SWV—Cheryl “Coko” Clemons, Leanne “Lelee” Lyons and Tamara “Taj” George, opened up about their breakup, which happened at the peak of SWV’s fame.
During a candid moment from episode 1 of SWV Reunited, Taj confesses that it was Coko who caused the trio to break up.
“CoCo wanted more money. She wanted more of everything and maybe if she hadn’t, SWV would still be together,” she says. “We would never have taken a hiatus and we’d still be on top.”
CoCo disagrees with Taj’s take on SWV’s split.
“That’s not why I think the group broke up. I think we all have three different versions,” CoCo said. “From my understanding she [LeLee] stopped showing up, she wasn’t coming to any more shows. So it was just us two [CoCo and Taj] and we weren’t speaking.”
“The label didn’t want her [LeLee] in the group anymore anyway, so it was just like a bunch of mess.”
The ladies of SWV also opened up about paving the way for other R&B girl groups like Destiny’s Child.
“We knew them when they were little, when they were Girls Tyme,” LeLee recalled. “They used to come to our hotel rooms and jump on our beds when they were just kids.”
LeLee remember Beyoncé at a young age standing out as the group’s lead vocalist.
“She was singing her a** off then. And she’s definitely a leader.”
“They had intelligent people around them who knew business and knew how to work the system. They were very fortunate,” Taj added.
“They learned from our mistakes,” said LeLee.
SWV Reunited unveils the harsher side of what the trio endured when their group broke up.
“I literally had to sell my home. Scale down extremely small,” Taj confessed. “When I moved out to L.A. I was living in a $525-a-month apartment with roaches… it was that tough.”
Weak, Right Here, and Rain are still my jams. Their latest album was pretty good too.