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Faith Evans - 100% match to SWV

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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10 June 1973, Lakeland, Florida, USA. Most famous for having been married to hardcore rapper the Notorious B.I.G. , R&B singer Faith Evans originally rose to prominence by singing background vocals and co-writing songs for Mary J. Blige, Color Me Badd and Tony Thompson. She broke through as a solo artist in the mid-90s with the release of her winning debut single, ‘ Read more

Xscape - 96% match to SWV

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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An initially rather laboured attempt at emulating the swingbeat success of SWV and their ilk, this four-piece was assembled in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, by writer/producer Jermaine Dupri, who was previously the force behind Kriss Kross’ chart success. However, there was an important difference. While acts such as TLC (another band overseen by Dupri) had been closely identifie Read more

Monica - 89% match to SWV

Genres: Dance R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Monica Denise Arnold, 24 October 1980, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Alongside Brandy, Monica was the most successful of the new breed of urban R&B female vocalists to emerge in the mid-to late 90s. Monica Arnold grew up in the College Park suburb of Atlanta, and was immersed in gospel music from an early age. Her mother was a church singer, and by the age of 10 Monica was the Read more

702 - 85% match to SWV

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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A vocal R&B trio named after its Las Vegas, Nevada, USA home area code, 702 made their long-playing debut for Michael Bivins’ Biv 10 Records label in 1996. Bivins first became acquainted with the group in 1991 after they improvised an audition piece for him at the music industry’s Jack The Rapper convention. The original line-up comprised twin sisters Irish Grinst Read more

Tamia - 74% match to SWV

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Brownstone - 70% match to SWV

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Urban R&B trio Brownstone were formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, by Nicci (Nicole Gilbert, 8 June 1970, Detroit, Michigan, USA), Maxee (b. Charmayne Maxwell, 11 January 1969, Guyana) and Mimi (b. Monica Doby, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA). Signed after performing a cappella at their audition, the trio became the first act on the Epic-distributed MJJ Music label. The Read more

Jodeci - 68% match to SWV

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Among the more eloquent practitioners of ‘new jack swing’ or swingbeat, Jodeci enjoyed huge success in the USA during the 90s. The band was formed by two pairs of brothers: Joel ‘JoJo’ (10 June 1971, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA) and Cedric ‘K-Ci’ Hailey (b. 2 September 1969, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA), and ‘Mr’ Dalvin and Donal Read more

Kelly Price - 67% match to SWV

Genres: Christian & Gospel Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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4 April 1973, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. Price, like many of the legendary soul singers to whom she is often compared, developed her musical talents in the local church, where she was nicknamed ‘Little Mahalia’. Her powerful contralto was employed on a more secular plane during the 90s, either writing, singing background vocals or providing vocal arrange Read more

Mary J. Blige - 58% match to SWV

Genres: Dance Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Mary Jane Blige, 11 January 1971, the Bronx, New York, New York City, USA. Blige was signed to Uptown Records by their head of A&R, Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs. After being promoted by her record company as ‘The original queen of hip-hop and soul’, her 1992 debut album sold over two million copies (many of the best songs being written for her by POV). The hip- Read more

Mint Condition - 58% match to SWV

Genres: Dance R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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One of a myriad of R&B-inspired American outfits who emerged in the early 90s, Mint Condition was formed by Larry Waddell (31 August 1963; keyboards), Homer O’Dell (b. 17 May 1965; guitar), Stokley Williams (b. 17 July 1967; vocals/drums), Jeff Allen (b. 17 November 1968; saxophone/keyboards), Keri Lewis (keyboards), and Ricky Kinchen (b. 7 July 1966; bass). The gro Read more

Changing Faces - 57% match to SWV

Genres: Dance R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This female R&B duo, comprising Charisse Rose (New York, USA) and Cassandra Lucas (b. New York, USA), first established itself in 1994 with the minor US hits ‘Stroke You Up’ (written and produced by R. Kelly) and ‘Foolin’ Around’. Both singles were included on the New York, USA-based group’s self-titled debut of that year. Changing Faces eve Read more

Dru Hill - 53% match to SWV

Genres: Dance R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Urban R&B outfit Dru Hill took their name from the historic Druid Hill Park complex in Baltimore, USA, where all four members were raised. They began their rise to fame in the mid-90s, largely through the intervention of Island Records’ Hiriam Hicks - formerly manager of Boyz II Men. He was looking for a group to record a song, ‘Tell Me’, for the soundtrack t Read more

Guy - 53% match to SWV

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Widely applauded as the originators of swingbeat, a fusion of hip-hop beats with gospel/soul vocals also referred to as ‘new jack swing’, Guy was formed by Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, and Timmy Gatling. At the close of the 80s the New York trio broke big by combining Aaron’s talented larynx with the studio know-how of producer Riley. The sound and image was much cop Read more

Tevin Campbell - 52% match to SWV

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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12 November 1978, Waxahachie, Texas, USA. Discovered by Quincy Jones (or the flautist Bobbi Humphrey, according to some accounts), the singer Tevin Campbell first appeared in 1988 on the US television show Wally & The Valentines, which was followed by a part in Prince’s movie Graffiti Bridge. He was still only 14 years old when he appeared on Quincy Jones’ Back Read more

New Edition - 50% match to SWV

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Upbeat US teenage pop stars New Edition were formed by Maurice Starr, who modelled them on the Jackson Five. He recruited five handsome young men, Bobby Brown (5 February 1969, Boston, Massachusetts, USA), Ralph Tresvant (b. 16 May 1968, Boston, Massachusetts, USA), Michael Bivins (b. 10 August 1968, Boston, Massachusetts, USA), Ricky Bell (b. 18 September 1967, Boston, Mass Read more


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