It has been rumored that one of the biggest hits by 90s girl group, SWV, was about a woman and none other than Chante Moore?
Cheryl Clemons (Coko) Tamara Johnson (Taj), and Leanne Lyons (Lelee) formed SWV as a gospel group in 1990 in New York City after growing up together. The group caught the attention of Teddy Riley, who was trending at the time with the fresh sound of “New Jack.”
It’s About Time, became a huge success upon its debut charting at number two on the Billboard R&B chart and being certified triple platinum. It featured four hit singles: “Weak” was certified platinum and reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B charts; “Right Here/Human Nature” was certified gold and remained number one on the R&B chart for seven weeks, and the songs “I’m So Into You” and “Downtown” were also certified gold. SWV received 11 Billboard Music Awards nominations in 1993, and also earned nominations for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards, and Favorite New Artist at American Music Awards.
Following their third album, Release Some Tension in 1997, SWV disbanded. Lead singer Coko launched a solo career in 1999 with her album, Hot Coko. She released a gospel album, Grateful, in 2006, a holiday CD, A Coko Christmas, in 2008, and another gospel CD, The Winner In Me, in 2009.
The release of It’s About Time was preceded by “Right Here” in the fall of 1992. The single reached number 13 on the R&B chart, but it was the number two hit, “I’m So Into You,” that established the trio as a commercial force early in 1993. It was followed by two number one R&B singles in a row: “Weak” and “Right Here/Human Nature,” a remix of their first single that featured samples of Michael Jackson‘s hit “Human Nature.” “Weak” also hit number one on the pop chart, while “Right Here/Human Nature” reached number two.
It’s been revealed that songwriter Bam, created the song “Weak” due to his love of another singer Chante Moore. Check out the original version of “Weak” in the video and more.