Friday, November 29, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Coko

Album:Hot Coko

R & B and gospel singer Cheryl "Coko" Gamble is best known as a member of the successful 90s girl group SWV. She went solo after they split up and had some success with the 1999 single Sunshine. When R & B didn't work out for her, she turned to gospel and was very successful in that market. She has reunited with SWV and they released a CD last year. Cheryl was born June 13, 1970 in South Bronx, NY. She grew up singing in church and was in Hezekiah Walker's Love Fellowship Tabernacle Choir. She formed SWV in 1991 with friends Tamara "Taj" Johnson and Leanne "Lelee" Lyons. SWV recorded four albums between 1992 and 1997 and had several hits including the 1993 number one hit Weak. Coko left SWV in 1998. She says she wasn't getting along with the other two girls. She also had solo success with the theme from the film Men In Black. She signed with RCA and released the CD Hot Coko in 1999. Sunshine reached #19 on the R & B Singles chart. Several songs on the album including Sunshine were produced by hotshot producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. Coko wrote Sunshine with Jerkins and his frequent collaborator LaShawn Daniels. Coko wrote the song for her son. Hot Coko did OK but while Coko was recording her next CD Music Doll, RCA closed their black music division, shelved the album and dropped Coko. Hot Coko is available as a budget CD. Then she got more into gospel. She married Israel and New Breed drummer Mike "Big Mike" Clemmons and they have a child together. After singing on albums by Brent Jones & TP Mobb and Youthful Praise, Coko signed with the gospel label Light Records and has released three gospel CDs. The most recent was in 2009. SWV first reunited in 2005 and didn't record at first. But they released the CD I Missed Us Apr. 2012. It did well and SWV is currently working on a reality show to air on We TV in 2014. Here's the video for Sunshine by Coko.

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