Precious Wilson was born 18 October 1957 in Spanish Town, Jamaica. She spent her childhood in England, later moving to Connecticut. She sang gospel extensively as a teen before returning to England. Wilson started out as a backing singer for the all-male group Eruption. The group enjoyed a minor hit when they won a talent competition in 1975 with the song "Let Me Take You Back in Time". Unable to sustain their momentum, the lead singer left the group, and Precious stepped forward to front the band.