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.
While in America, Wilson’s love of singing grew even more, after singing gospel music in her local church.
On her return to London in 1974, Precious, along with lead guitarist Greg Perrineau, his brother Morgan Perrineau on bass, Gerry Williams on keyboards, and Eric Kingsley on drums formed the group Silent Eruption. (The name was later changed to the shortened Eruption). The group performed in local venues and clubs.
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 tours.
In 1977 Farian signed them up. Afterwards he signed an agreement with Hansa 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.
After a minor hit single with “Party Party”, The sizzling cover of the Ann Peebles classic “I Can’t Stand The Rain” was rush released on a 12” single and immediately shot to the top of the club charts, and then crossed over to number 18 on the radio charts. Precious’ powerful vocals and the beat sound effects proved to be very popular on the dance floors. The song has since become one of disco’s all-time classics and is easily recognizable even today, from their first album (December 1977), reaching number five in the UK Singles Chart, and number 18 in U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
The following year they released the second album “Leave a Light” towards the end of 1978. “One Way Ticket” which, when issued in the US, 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”. As well as having the talent for a variety of television and stage work she astounded theatre land with the hit musical “BLUES IN THE NIGHT” Other performances include shows in Monte Carlo, numerous concert tours and TV work in both Eastern Europe including the Kremlin, and continental Europe. She has participated in a Royal Variety Show in the presence of HRH QUEEN ELIZABETH of the United Kingdom, and a member of the SAUDI ROYAL FAMILY.
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 has toured the USSR on the invitation of the Soviet Cultural Ministry; a 55 date concert tour was arranged in six Soviet Republics performing with her own band to full capacity audiences at each venue. She was the first black UK based female artiste to have undertaken such an extensive tour in the then USSR. Precious proved to be an energetic and enigmatic performer.
Over the years she has made occasional guest vocalist or session appearances with artists such as Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Elton John, James Brown, Boney M, Michael Bolton and Little Richard.
In 1986 she became involved in the fight against drug abuse. An anti-drug disc was recorded at Abbey Road Studio: “It’s A Live In World.”
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, The, 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, The, Steve Walsh, Tony Worrell, Robert Williams.
Members:Aswad, Beggar & Co., Bobby Eli, Cool Notes, The, 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 (2), 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 contributer to disco history.
PRECIOUS WILSON continues to woes 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.