Precious Wilson was born in Spanish town, Jamaica. Her parents moved to England in 1965, then later to Connecticut, and then back to England when she was a teenager in the early 1970’s.
In 1975, Eruption entered and won the RCA soul search contest. The prize was a recording contract with RCA records.
Their first single 7” single was”Let me take you back in time” released in 1976.
Success soon faded, and shortly after lead singer Leslie Johnson left the group.
After many auditions the group were unsuccessful in finding a new lead singer, and so Precious Wilson who sang mostly backing vocals at the time, stepped forward to front the band, and so became the lead singer.
As time went by work dried up, so they went on the road in Germany, where they were introduced to Frank Farian, the producer of Boney M.
Frank Farian was so impressed by the group, that he gave them the job as backing and support band for Boney M. on their very first European tour.
In 1977 Farian signed them up. Afterwards he signed an agreement with Hnsa records for their forthcoming releases.
Work started on their first album which would contain cover versions of previous hits and original numbers written by the band members.
When the album “Eruption featuring Precious Wilson” was released in 1978, the reaction was favourable throughout Europe. Ariola America was the U.S. arm of Hansa records and quickly seized the opportunity to issue the album in the U.S.
The following year they released the second album “Leave a light” towards the end of 1978. “One way ticket” which, when issued in the U.S, received a remix by Rusty Garner for the 12” single. This song also brought them to the top of the charts internationally again (a UK number 9 hit. The song with its simple melody and catchy lyrics featured Precious Wilson’s great vocals.
Precious Wilson finally went solo in 1979 to pursue a solo career, and made several hugely successful albums in Europe, including the albums ” We are on the race track” and “All coloured in love”, and ever since, she has been astonishing audiences with her performance world wide.
Her gorgeous soulful voice show cased other popular recording includes “Raising my family” and “Cry to me”. Precious has had her own BBC TV special in the UK called “The Vocal Touch”.
Her single entitled “I’ll be your friend” on Jive records, underlines her appeal on the dance soul circuit. It reached the top 40 in the billboard r&b charts.
She followed her success with the title track to the blockbuster movie starring Micheal Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny de Vito, entitled: ” The Jewel of the Nile” written by the team of Britten and Lyle who wrote Tina Turner’s smash hit “What’s love got to do”.
Precious also participated in dance aid. After the first charity event in 1986, that super group got together again and raised funds for disco aid in 1987.
The members were in alphabetical order:
Astra, Aswad, Nat Augustine, Beggar & Co, Tony Blackburn, Jean Carne, Tina Charles, Total Contrast, Cool Notes, Smiley Culture, Hazell Dean, Judge Dread, Floyd Dyce, Bobby Eli, Phil Fearon, Sheila Ferguson, Kenny G, Galaxy, Dorothy Galdez, Boris Gardiner, Julie Gore, Jaki Graham, Derek Green, Paul Hardcastle, Lenny Henry, Keith Henry, Kevin Henry, Dizzy Heights, Austin Howard, Tippa Irie, Frankie Johnson, Chris Jones, Rosaline Joyce, Dee Lewis, Lorenzo, Masquerade, Mel & Kim, Steve Myers, Nikki Odyssey, Dave Pearce, Pepsi & Shirley, Precious Wilson, Press the Flesh, Rare Moods, Real Thing, The, David Rodigan, John Sachs, Sinitta, Edwin Starr, Kenny Stevens, Toyin, Ruby Turner, Undivided Roots, Walkers, Steve Walsh, Tony Worrell, Robert Williams.
Aswad, Beggar & Co., Bobby Eli, Cool Notes, David Rodigan, Dee Lewis, Derek Green, Dizzi Heights, Dorothy Galdez, Edwin Starr, Floyd Dyce, Frankie Johnson, Hazell Dean, Jaki Graham, Jean Carn, John Sachs, Judge Dread, Kenny G, Kevin Henry, Lenny Henry, Masquerade, Mel & Kim, Paul Hardcastle, Pepsi Demacque, Phil Fearon, Precious Wilson, Real Thing, The, Robert Williams (7), Rosaline Joyce, Ruby Turner, Shirlie Holliman, Sinitta, Smiley Culture, Tina Charles, Tippa Irie, Total Contrast, Undivided Roots, Walkers.
In 1987 she teamed up with Premier Producers, Stock, Aitken and Waterman for one of the strongest disco recordings of 1987, “Only the strong survive.”
1990 was the year that Precious made her debut as an actress in the musical “blues in the night.” She, along with Stephanie Lawrence, Miquel Brown and Ewen Cummins were the principle characters. She received rave reviews.
She has appeared as a guest vocalist on the album of the techno eccentrics “Messiah” has. Together, they achieved a top 20 single hit in the UK, with their version of Donna Summers ” I feel love”.
Precious also co-wrote her second track on the Messiah album, entitled “Peace and tranquility.”
Her unique voice has helped to established her as an international entertainer. This combined with her enduring classic recordings,has made her one of the great contributor to disco history.
Precious Wilson continues to entertain her audience with her superb vocal talent, her stylish performances, her gorgeous soulful voice and her dynamic personal presence. Her vocal style still remains both sensual and exciting.
She is currently working on diverse and dynamic material for her co-written forth-coming album.