Coko Sounds Off On Solo Debut

Cheryl “Coko” Gamble is moving on following the breakup of SWV with the release of her first solo album, “Hot Coko.”

The record features contributions from Ruff Ryders rapper Eve as well as R&B singer Tyrese, and Rodney Jerkins, the man behind recent hits by Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Brandy, and Monica, produces a few tracks on the LP. The album itself reveals the singer’s roots in church music, among other things, as she recently explained.

“If you heard SWV, I’m still the same person, nothing much has changed,” Coko told MTV News. “You know, vocally, I feel that I have stepped up a little bit. You can hear more of my gospel roots on this album. To describe my sound… everyone says it’s distinctive. You can always tell [when it's] Coko. I call it like a ‘chipmunk style.’ You know, like Alvin and the Chipmunks, or whatever. Just with a Coko twist to it.” [RealVideo]

“Hot
Coko” is in stores now. Meanwhile, next week will see the release of an SWV “Greatest Hits” collection, which will include four previously unreleased tracks (see “SWV Taps Vaults For Unreleased Tunes For ‘Greatest Hits’ LP” ).