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Peaceful Journey

by Bill Leslie

Music made on sunny day, a stormy night and a rolling wave. Music born of my love for North Carolina. An intriguing blend of contemporary Celtic music. Lush layers of instrumentation featuring acoustic guitar, piano, Celtic whistles, flute, cello.
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1. Quaker Meadows
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2. Grip Fast
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3. Montreat
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4. Daddy's Car
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5. Tin Roof Rain
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6. Mattamuskeet
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7. Bound for Boone
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8. Penny on the Track
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9. Roanoke Rhapsody
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10. Ocracoke
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11. On Roan Alone
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12. Kanuga
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13. Bells of Bath
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14. Wintry Walk
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Album Notes
"Peaceful Journey" soared to number ONE on the world music charts (NAR) for December 2004 and has been named one of the Top Ten albums of the year by music critic R.J. Lannan of New Age Reporter.

My songwriting began in the stairwell of my Morganton home in the 7th grade with a cheap Sears guitar laden with brutal steel strings which made my fingertips ache. I can still hear the semi-sweet sounds of reverberation as I plunked the same three chords over and over until a melody emerged. My interest in music actually began a few years earlier with a tap on the shoulder at church. "Young man, you have such a nice voice. Why don't you sing in the choir?" No one could shut me up after that. I was on my way in music.

Choir. Singing in school plays. School band. Cornet. Baritone. Tuba. Guitar was the hardest. I felt so clumsy trying to change chords but eventually I got the hang of it. A used Gibson guitar became my best friend in high school. I'd break up with a girlfriend and write a song. Great therapy. There always seemed to be a new melody or lyrical idea in my head.

I joined a garage band called the Beggars and sang lead. We recorded a couple of my tunes at a studio in Charlotte. That was so exciting! Later in high school I joined the Cyntriks featuring a group of incredibly talented young musicians. Bill Covington who plays piano on "Peaceful Journey" was the keyboardist for the Cyntriks. It has been great to reconnect with Bill. While with the Cyntriks I penned a song about a girlfriend "Missy" which became a regional hit. "Rhythm of the Rain" composer John Gummoe of the Cascades became my pen pal and mentor. We are still great friends today.

In college I bought a Martin 12 string and teamed up with Tom Barrows for a coffeehouse folk duo called Augustus and Irvin. We were probably noted more for our humor than our music. Just after college John Tesh and I roomed together in Raleigh and worked at the same radio station. John encouraged me to take my tunes to Nashville. I had several songs published with April-Blackwood Music including "Laughing Girl Lately Sad." After marriage I dabbled in country music but struggled with the hook line lyrics. I wrote a lot of religious songs for my church, Cary Presbyterian and enjoyed singing there in the choir.

A trip to Scotland and a concert by the contemporary Celtic group Nightnoise paved the way for my music genre today. I heard someone play the Celtic whistle on the side of the road near Inverness and fell in love with the haunting sound. No one in Raleigh could teach me how to play the whistle so I taught myself using books, cassettes and videotaped instructions. I bought a multi-track recorder and began laying guitar tracks. I blended guitar with whistle and piano tracks. Soon I built a full-fledged studio at my home. I co-founded a Celtic fusion band Bragh Adair featuring guitar, whistle, violin, piano, bass and percussion. We played for nearly four years and produced two wonderful albums "Grace in Stone" and "The Hunt" which can be purchased on this website. We had some outstanding concerts at Meymandi Hall, Grandfather Mountain, Johnston County, Cary Academy and Red Springs.

Today I continue to write music and am working toward a vocal album and a Christmas CD. As most of you know I am the morning and noon co-anchor of WRAL News in Raleigh. I deeply appreciate Capitol Broadcasting Company's support of my music. I also enjoy the strong support of my family. My wife Cindy is a tremendous speech pathologist in the public school system. My daughter Lauren is a student at Appalachian State University. My son William is a student at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh.



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Ginger Pate

What a great spiritual journey!
Bill Leslie's cd is truly a peaceful and spiritual journey! Thank you for sharing your musical talent with us!

Cassandra T Weaver

I've enjoyed my CD so much that I bought these as gifts for friends.
I bought this CD for myself a year ago, and I really enjoyed the music, because the flute or Celtic whistle, whatever it is, is one of my favorite instruments. I am a North Carolinian, and the names of the songs brings a lot of thoughts of NC to mind, so much so, that I bought it for two friends as gifts for Christmas this year who enjoy this type of music as much as I do. I would highly recommend this CD.

Monica Buchanan

Absolutely wonderful!!!
My brother and I took a road trip to D.C. recently, and played this several times over during much of the trip. It got better every time! This cd is absolutely wonderful, and is now one of my favorites.

Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Allow us to recommend an easy and smart action for your to-do list today: start with "Peaceful Journey" as a bright, warm addition to your Celtic/New Age collection. This all-instrumental album floats upon the hearty voice of the cello, energized by the wind-like song of the whistles and is supported by the buzzy strumming of the guitar and a fine, diverse backup. This isn't the type of new age album that wanders aimlessly and it isn't the type of Celtic album that bombards you with dulcimer and sawing fiddle. These are warm, heartfelt ballad and air-like songs with a balanced amount of sensitivity. Put away the Loreena McKennit and Enya for awhile and try a kind of Isle soft-rock.

Let this music take you away...
This CD truly takes you on a peaceful journey. It has been the best selling CD we've had all year! Truly a North Carolina favorite. The Museum Shop at the North Carolina Museum of History


Beautiful and inspiring!
This CD is very beautiful and inspiring. It brings to mind wonderful images from North Carolina and is a great way to relax.

Twyla Southerland

The most wonderful CD I have ever heard. My 2nd graders love it!!
It is the best CD I have ever found to play in the classroom as background music while the students work!! My 2nd graders love it and have connected to the artist as well on the morning news!!! Thanks, Bill!

Duane Everhart

Wonderful, very relaxing!
Such a peaceful and relaxing CD. I strongly recommend this for those stressful days and for long romantic weekends! Put it on, kick back, and relax!!

Barbara Hemphill

If life feels overwhelming, this is the respite you need!
Think of every adjective you know that warms your heart and soul, and it describes this incredible musical experience. Every time I listen to Peaceful Journey, I hear something wonderful I missed the last time! A perfect setting for meditation to start or end your day. Be blessed by Bill Leslie's North Carolina journey to create a journey of your own.

Debra Owens

I thought it to be very peaceful and restful. When the kids and husband are on my last nerve I can put that behind me and go on a journey especially a winty walk in the middle of a heatwave.
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