None of the members of Transister were strangers to each other or to the music scene when they decided to form the band. As the frontman for '80s pop group Danny Wilson, co-founder Gary Clark already had one hit under his belt: the love song "Mary's Prayer." After Danny Wilson broke up, Clark lent his skills as an engineer, producer, and songwriter to various big-name artists: Heart, Julia Fordham, and Lauren Christy, among others. He also released a solo album which was well received among the music intelligentsia in the U.K. The other founding member, Eric Pressly, had written songs for Stevie Nicks and Tina Turner, and had performed extensively as the musical director for Cher. Pressly and Clark's first collaboration was the band King L. The band was signed to Virgin in the early '90s. When the label released King L, Clark started work on a second solo album. On impulse, he decided to experiment with a new sort of project. Enter Keeley Hawkes, a female singer/songwriter who had enlisted Pressly's writing services on her own solo album (EMI, 1993). Early collaborations between the three proved to be so successful that they decided to form a band and go the distance. Thus was born Transister.