US singer and founder member of the 80s band Dynasty, NIDRA BEARD, died on Friday 8th December. She was aged 71 and its known that she had been fighting cancer for some time. The Solar Records website announced the news with this posting: “We are so saddened to find out that we have lost our BEAUTIFUL Nidra Elizabeth Beard of Dynasty to cancer. She was a beautiful soul with a kind heart who always saw the best in everyone. We know she is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as she was a firm and faithful believer.. we send our love and condolences to her family and all who loved her. Our Solar family will never be the same and we still fight on to preserve our great history and Legacy…. Nidra, you will NEVER be forgotten … We love you…”
Ms Beard was born in Detroit and after working in a band called DeBlanc, she eventually became the lead singer in the group Dynasty – a band put together by music biz exec, Dick Griffey and Leon Sylvers III as a vehicle for the unique dance/disco/soul sound that was the dubbed “Sound Of Los Angeles Records” – Solar! Dynasty were originally conceived as a trio – – Kevin Spencer, Linda Carriere and Nidra Beard. And as a trio, the group’s biggest success was their 1980 Sylvers-produced album, ‘Adventures In The Land Of Music’. (below). The group enjoyed more success when Sylvers himself joined the line up. He also add his brother Foster – thus making Dynasty a quintet. During this period Nidra married Leon Sylvers. They were to divorce a couple of years later.
In 1983 Dynasty split up only to reform (again as a trio – William Shelby, Kevin Spencer and Nidra Beard) in 1988. Their 1988 album ‘Right Back Atcha’ yielded a couple of hits but once again the group quickly disbanded.
Ms Beard continued as a songwriter – her biggest success being Shalamar’s #1 hit “A Night To Remember.’ Then, three years ago, Dynasty reformed and released the singles ‘Escape’ and “I Can Tell’ both featuring Ms Beard on lead vocals.