WRAL anchor Bill Leslie has released a new Christmas CD, "A Midnight Clear: Christmas in Mitford," which includes 16 traditional and original Christmas songs inspired by author Jan Karon's best-selling Mitford series.
Bill will play a few songs from the new album and talk about the CD at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh this Saturday at 7 p.m.
He also created a video, "December Dance," with music from the album, which was inspired by his own memories of a Christmas Eve church dance in Western North Carolina where he grew up. The video features watercolors from Greensboro artist William Mangum.
“William graciously allowed us to use some of his art work to help capture the mood of mythical Mitford,” Bill said.
Bill says the music features “a strong cast of guest musicians, (including) mandolinist John Santa. John volunteered himself for this CD, and I am glad he did. He said, ‘Every Christmas album needs a Santa!’”
Bill previously released a Christmas album called "Christmas in Carolina" in 2005, which went to No. 2 on the charts. You can see a full list of his releases here.
*Thanks to Bill Leslie & Andrea Osborne for this story.