R&B “Sisters With Voices” (SWV) singer, Cheryl Elizabeth Clemons, a.k.a. Coko debuted her first solo gospel composition, Grateful, in 2006 and followed it up with The Winner In Me in 2009.
She struggled thinking she couldn’t fully win over the faith community that “criticized” her secular roots.
In a Wednesday, Jan. 22 interview with Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club,” the vocalist shared her feelings of being judged and never fully accepted.
The topic came up after one of the co-hosts, Angela Yee, mentioned that Coko had not been satisfied with the sales of her solo projects.
“[In] Gospel, I did well,” explained Coko, who is currently featured on a new WE tv reality show, SWV Reunited with fellow group members, Leanne “Lelee” Lyons and Tamara “Taj” George.
Co-host Charlamagne chimed in, “Now you back with Lelee filthy mouth, sinning,” suggesting that a Christian woman has no place in an R&B group.
Coko responded, “Singing gospel, they just always kind of criticized me ‘cause, they never looked at me as Coko—as Cheryl—the gospel singer, but it was always Coko from SWV and I was always criticized for that.”
Share your thoughts.
You may be interested
ANTHONY BROWN & group therAPy’s | “A Long Way From Sunday” Set for July 28thJermaine Rucker - Jun 27, 2017
Awaited Sequel From Multiple Award Winner Anthony Brown & Group Therapy A Long Way From Sunday In Stores / Online…
The Miami Mass Choir Continues Successful Comeback!Jermaine Rucker - Jun 27, 2017
The Miami Mass Choir Continue Successful Comeback With Top 40 Radio Single, 4 Kingdom Image Award Nominations And Exclusive Partnership…
CeCe Winans’ Iconic Album, “Throne Room” – Available Now!Jermaine Rucker - Jun 27, 2017
THRONE ROOM GOLD EDITION FEATURES NEVER BEFORE HEARD RENDITION OF ‘BLESSED ASSURANCE’ Motown Gospel to re-release CeCe Winans’ popular and…