SWV: R&B Trio Lands TV Deal With WE TV
Cheryl “Coko” Clemons, Leanne “LeLee” Lyons, and Tamara “Taj” George will star in an unscripted docu-drama produced by eOne Entertainment that will chronicle their recent resurgence in music, the off-stage dynamic between the ladies, explore why the group broke up in the late 90’s, and showcase their personal lives off stage.
SWV, which stands for Sisters With Voices, became one of the most successful R&B groups of the 1990’s with songs like “Weak,” “I’m So Into You,” “Anything,” “Right Here/Human Nature,” and “Rain,” among others.
The platinum-selling trio broke up in 1997 after releasing their third CD, “Release Some Tension” and a holiday album, “A Special Christmas” that year.
Lead singer Coko released a solo R&B CD, “Hot Coko” in 1999 that featured the hit single “Sunshine.” Additionally, she worked on several stage productions and released a Grammy-nominated Gospel CD, “Grateful.”
In 2005, the group reunited for the first time in nine years for an outdoor festival in Los Angeles. They continued to perform sporadic concert dates and short tours with groups like New Edition, Blackstreet, After 7, BBD and Tony Toni Toné.
Group member Taj and her husband, retired NFL star Eddie George starred together in the 2007 TV One reality series “I Married A Baller.”
In 2011, the group signed a new recording contract with Mass Appeal Entertainment/eOne. In 2012, they released a single “Co-Sign” and their first album in 15 years, “I Missed Us.”
After high profile appearances on the “Wendy Williams Show,” VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live” and at the Essence Music Festival, the group delivered a show-stopping medley of their hits on BET’s “Black Girls Rock!” awards show.
SWV apparently shot the pilot for their reality series with eOne Entertainment last fall. The name of the show and premiere date have not yet been announced.
WE TV did not respond to AlwaysAList.com’s request for comment on the series.
WE TV has had great success with reality series by other musicians like Mary Mary—whose self-titled series has been given a third season—and Toni Braxton and her sisters, The Braxtons, who star together in “Braxton Family Values.” The latter show has been a record-breaking success for WE TV and spawned the spin-off, “Tamar and Vince,” which featured Tamar Braxton and her husband Vince Herbert.
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