Celebrity photographer Derek Blanks, has placed the Saving Our Daughters’ cause on his company’s back since 2012; Derek & his brother Eric has launched an arsenal of POWERFUL Women Celerity PSA videos, addressing the serious issues of building up self-‐esteem. Within a year Derek & Eric Blanks have involved young women within the music arena such as Kelly Rowland and KeKe Wyatt.
At this time, Derek will partner with the phenomenal & iconic women R&B group, SWV; to now spread the efforts of the Saving Our Daughters, to help make a difference in mothers’ lives with their own personal stories & triumphs to empower & encourage the organizations’ moms to overcome challenges on raising their daughters.
On Friday May 10th, SWV shot a Saving Our Daughters’ public service announcement with Derek Blanks, in front a very excited group of little girls that attended Bethune Elementary School and stamped their national brand on this important initiative for Saving Our Daughters.
ABOUT OUR SWV-In 1992, a trio of vocally talented women called SWV was introduced to the music world. The RCA debut, It’s About Time, produced a string of top ten R&B hits including: “I’m So Into You,” Right Here, Downtown, Weak, and You’re Always On My Mind. This montage of musical success established the trio as a commercial force early in 1993. Teddy Riley mentored the group in honing their craft and sound and, as a result, produced the remix to the hit, “Right Here,” which featured samples of Michael Jackson’s
hit. The partnership also produced another hit single, “Human Nature,” which topped the
R&B charts at number one and popular charts at number two.
SWV earned 11 Billboard Music Award nominations for its debut album.
In 1996, SWV returned to the music scene with another platinum album, New Beginning, which was preceded by the number one hit, “You’re the One” and The Neptune’s hit, “Use Your Heart.”
In 1997, SWV released its third album, Release Some Tension, which spawned several top ten hits including “Someone” featuring Sean Puffy Combs as artist and producer; “Lose My Cool,” a rhythmic duet of SWV and rap artist Redman; “Rain” a trademark, torch ballad written and produced by the first album collaborator, Brian Alexander Morgan; and the Timberland-‐produced song, “Can We,” featuring Missy Elliot, which was featured on the Booty Call movie soundtrack.
In the group’s career, SWV has received numerous accolades from its peers in the industry. In 1993, the debut album received nominations for a Grammy, American Music Award and Source Award. The group also won a Children’s Choice Award and a BET “Best of Video Soul” Award.
SWV disbanded in 2008 but reunited in 2005 and have hit the stage non-‐stop, as a commitment to its fans to produce 90s-‐esque hits. The group has tour will them around the world.
In 2008, SWV was also an honoree guest at the BET Awards performing alongside with
Alicia Keys, En Vogue and TLC.
Motivated to continue the momentum of success, the group returned to the studio to lend its voice to the remix of Chris Brown’s “She Ant You,” in the summer of 2011, which received positive response from fans and the music industry. Months later, 15 years after its debut album, SWV released the single, “Co-‐Sign,” from the new album entitled, I Missed Us, which was released April 2012. The album debuted at #10 on the R&B Charts, and shot straight to #1 on Itunes.
SWV received a 2012 Soul Train nomination this year for best independent R&B album, and also a 2012 Grammy nomination for best traditional R&B performance.
The group’s momentum is stronger than ever. SWV is excited to be touring this summer to promote their current album “I Missed Us”. SWV is one the world’s top selling female R&B
groups of all time, and is striving continuously to be one of the hardest working female groups in the entertainment industry today!