Following the success of the first season of their SWV Reunited reality series, SWV is back with even more drama in season two, including Coko refusing to sing on their next album, Taj facing a health crisis, and Lelee hearing rumors that her daughter is advertising on a call girl website.
The ladies from New York City (Coko and Lelee are from the Bronx and Taj grew up in Brooklyn) attempt to overcome these and more obstacles as they continue their comeback after 14 years apart.
The group is legally obligated to record a new CD, however Coko, who has been their lead singer for their entire career, wanted to concentrate on her solo gospel CD instead of recording a SWV album. The girls desperately convinced her to work with them in the studio, so she compromised and agreed to lend her voice, but not as a lead singer.
"People are tired of hearing me sing lead," Coko told Lelee and Taj. "Let's try something new. I am not singing lead on this record."
We discover she is having issues with her husband, Mike Clemons, a drummer who is also involved in her career. Plus, she won't work with the producer for the SWV album.
Coko, who has been married for 12 years, is frustrated with her life and career, saying, "Trust me working with your husband is not always a recipe for a happy marriage."
The problems of recording the new album send the girls back to therapy to attempt to resolve their differences. However Coko resists, believing Taj and Lelee are against her.
In season one, Coko faced a breast cancer scare. This season, Taj has health issues. She suffered a seizure and battles pneumonia. She also has polyps on her vocal chords that affect her singing. She says, "This season, I'm the angry one."
Season two also poses serious personal problems for Lelee. "You see a very emotional side of me you've never seen before with me being a parent," she says. "My daughter Margaret, she's in some trouble right now and it's really breaking my heart."
In addition to the dilemma of whether Coko will continue as their lead singer, SWV also copes with a management crisis. After firing their longtime manager Cory Taylor in the first season and hiring Alicia Keys' former manager Jeff Robinson, they are forced to bring Taylor back when Robinson suddenly drops them as a client.
“Just when we thought we were getting our lives together and our careers together, we lose another manager,” says Lelee. I don’t know. Maybe we’re cursed or something. I don’t know what’s going on.”
From 1992-1998, SWV was on fire selling 15 million records, however jealousy and financial disputes led to their breakup. The trio reunited for their fourth CD I Missed Us in 2012 which earned a Grammy nomination in the Best Traditional R&B Performance category for their rendition of Patti LaBelle’s “If Only You Knew." The CD was recorded two decades after their 1992 debut album It's About Time was certified triple-platinum featuring the hits "Right Here," "I'm So Into You" and their number one smash "Weak." They won thirteen Billboard Music Awards and were nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist.
Since SWV broke up in 1998, each member has become a mother with two children. Coko released one solo R&B CD and two solo gospel albums, including the Grammy-nominated Grateful CD. Taj starred with her husband, former NFL running back Eddie George, in their reality series I Married A Baller. She also appeared on Survivor as well modeling and writing three books.
Now Taj has been married for 10 years and Coko has been a wife for 12 years. Lelee is the only single member. Regarding her romantic life, Lelee says, "I'm just floating."
SWV broke up in 1998 at the height of their career. In looking back, Lelee says, "We were too young for everything that was going on." 16 years later, the members of Sisters With Voices are each over 40 years old, wiser, and hoping for a second chance at success. As Lelee states, "Now we could handle it."
SWV Reunited airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on WE tv.