While En Vogue will always be my favorite girl group, I was and still am a fan of SWV. In the early 1990s, they had big hits like “I’m So Into You,” “Weak,” “Right Here” and “Anything.”
Recently I stumbled upon a TV series on YouTube about the group. It normally airs on WeTV and is called SWV: Reunited. I’ve watched five episodes, and I’ve been able to see all the ups and downs these music makers go through– what you see on stage is only a small portion of their lives, it turns out.
Coko, the lead singer, likes to refer to herself as “Coko.” She readily admits she’s materialistic and girly and loves brand names. Her mother wants her to concentrate on singing Gospel music, and her husband, Big Mike Clemons, is a drummer for Israel Houghton, a big-time Gospel artist. On the reality show, we get to see Coko deal with a cancer scare, and the challenge of raising a teenaged son who has run away and has a court date to make since he got caught vandalizing property.
Meanwhile, we also get to see into the lives of Lelee and Taj, the other singers in SWV. We learn that Lelee has never been married, and is always horny. Taj is married to a retired NFL football player, lives in a mansion near Nashville, and gets really upset when a blogger posts gossip about her husband possibly cheating on her.
It’s fascinating to get a glimpse into the lives of SWV some two decades after their initial success. They’re on the cusp of a true comeback in the music biz– we shall see how that plays out.
One more thing: when looking Big Mike Clemons up online to find out more about him, I learned he used to be obese and had diabetes. After eating healthy and exercising, Big Mike dropped a lot of weight and looks “normal” nowadays– and feels much better. If he can do it, you can too! –Mark Weber Music Blog