Cheryl "Coko" Gamble
Lead Singer, SWV
Sultry songstress Cheryl “Coko” Gamble has been wowing audiences with her distinctive tone and vocal ability since age 3 when she began singing with Hezekiah Walker's Love Fellowship Crusade Choir. She’s best known as the lead singer of legendary R&B trio SWV (Sisters With Voices), recognized by Billboard as one of the Top 40 female girl groups of all time. Hailing from New York, Coko came together with Tamara “Taj” Johnson and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons in the late ’80s and quickly rose to fame in 1992 with their hit R&B album “It’s About Time.” The acclaimed debut album sold 3 million copies and earned 11 Billboard Music Award nominations as well as nominations for a Grammy, American Music Award, Source Award, Children's Choice Award and BET Best of Video Soul Award.
Outside of SWV, Coko lent her talents to Will Smith’s Grammy Award-winning single “Men in Black.” She released a solo R&B album in 1999 followed by gospel album in 2006, which debuted at #5 on Billboard's Top Independent albums chart. Coko has two sons, rapper/singer Lil Tracy and Jalen. After witnessing Jalen’s distress at being bullied online after coming out, Coko has become a staunch LGBTQIA ally and is an advocate for those suffering with their mental health.