Bill Leslie: 'Tall Ships'

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New age artist Bill Leslie.

Bill Leslie is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and world music artist whose albums have been among the best-selling on the New Age Reporter charts. A native of North Carolina, Leslie's latest CD, I Am A River, hit number two on the charts last fall.

Leslie has released five albums in recent years. His 2004 release, Peaceful Journey, hit number one on the New Age Reporter's world music charts in December 2004, while his Christmas in Carolina peaked at number two.

Leslie, who plays guitar, Celtic whistle and piano, was named "Best New Artist" worldwide by the NAR in 2005. His Christmas in Carolina album was named 2005 "Best Holiday Album".

Leslie also co-founded the Celtic fusion group Bragh Adair and helped produce the group's two albums Grace in Stone and The Hunt. He currently tours with Lorica, another Celtic fusion group.

In addition, Leslie works as an environmental journalist and morning anchor for television station WRAL in Raleigh, NC.

A graduate of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, he has won more than 70 major news awards including two Peabody Awards and five Emmys. He lives in Cary, N.C. with his wife Cindy, daughter Lauren and son Will.

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