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SWV, aka Sisters with Voices, released its last album A Special Christmas in 1997, but the trio promises something a bit more contemporary for its reunion album. Speaking with Billboard.com, Cheryl “Coko” Gamble, Tamara “Taj” Johnson-George and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons promise something that keeps up with the times.

“Same style just new millennium. Kick it up a notch, take it to the next level, but we’re still going to be ourselves,” says Coko of the group’s latest, releasing on Mass Appeal Entertainment. “[Mass Appeal] didn’t say no, they didn’t close the door in our face. No, they believed in us, so that’s always a plus.”

With production from Bryan Michael Cox and Lamb, the LP weeds out halfhearted music. “Whoever’s going to give us some hits, not any mediocre stuff,” she continues. “We’re looking for some heat.”

In addition to the album, the girls filmed a reality show that they’re currently shopping to networks. The show will explore the reasons that they went their separate ways more than a decade ago. “We’re going to be honest about it. Every day is not perfect,” says Taj, hoping the show will guide young singers. “They have to understand it’s not an easy road. It’s hard as hell out here and it doesn’t get easy at all. The more successful you become, the more work you have to put in. We want them to realize that you just don’t put on a cute little bra top and sing a note and dance and everything is gold.”


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