Beth Pederson’s musical career began in the mid-1960s. A young songstress just out of university, she performed extensively throughout the Northwest, Alaska, and Colorado.
But her life changed forever in 1970 when she and Cinde Borup came together and became “Wild Roses.” Beth and Cinde, whose names soon became inseparable, quickly became a well-loved musical pair that delighted audiences throughout the western United States and Canada.
During their twenty-eight year partnership they co-produced four recordings: ”Cross Country”, “Wild Roses”, “Voices on the Wind”, and “Northern Lights.” Cinde’s passing in August of 1998 left a huge void in the hearts of many. Her legacy, the music that she and Beth created, still reaches people all over the world. In the fall of that year many longtime musical friends gathered together for the Tribute to a Wild Rose Memorial Concert in honor of Cinde.
The following year Beth brought together the Divas of Folk including folk music luminaries Belinda Bowler, Chris Webster and Nina Gerber, as well as folk icon Rosalie Sorrels. They opened for Judy Collins at that year’s Festival at Sandpoint. In 2000 the Divas took to the Panida stage for a second sold out tribute concert, benefiting the Lake Pend Oreille High School with a piano and funds for a music program donated in Cinde’s memory.
After a brief hiatus, Beth picked up her guitar once more and embarked on a series of dinner concerts at Di Luna’s Café in downtown Sandpoint. The series featured “Beth Pederson & Friends,” including local and regional musicians. March 2003 marked the third tribute concert in honor of Cinde, this time featuring Beth and New England-based singer/songwriter Cheryl Wheeler. Again, proceeds benefitted local music education.
In 2004 Beth recorded her first solo CD, “Everything Must Change,” an intimate picture of love, loss, change, and hope.
2007 ushered in a new musical venture for Beth when she and guitarist/singer Bruce Bishop joined forces. Bruce’s blues/jazz background as an L.A. session player has added a new dimension to her music and together they create a fascinating, always beautiful blend of their individual styles. In 2008 they co-produced the CD “Christmas in Their Eyes” – a unique collection of Christmas and winter songs. Read more about Beth & Bruce.