Bill Leslie's Peaceful Journey: A Celebration Of North Carolina

Posted November 14, 2006 11:25 a.m. EST
Updated January 1, 2007 5:11 p.m. EST

Weaving beautiful new music with natural sounds of waterfalls, tundra swans and rolling waves, WRAL's Bill Leslie takes listeners on an awesome odyssey across the landscape of his native North Carolina.

Lush layers of instrumentation from an outstanding group of musicians on piano, guitar, violin, cello, flute, Celtic whistles, hammered dulcimer, saxophone and percussion create a stunning collection of 14 songs composed by Leslie.

"Peaceful Journey" has been described as "an incredibly relaxing and reflective collection of music" inspired by Leslie's love for Tar Heel destinations that include Ocracoke, Montreat, Roan Mountain, Grandfather Mountain, Roanoke River, Kanuga, Lake Mattamuskeet, Bath and Boone.

What Leslie's Fans Are Saying About "Peaceful Journey"

"Each song is unique and has its own personality. I think that can be the hardest part of an instrumental CD." -- Debbie Elam, singer

[It's a] "lovely, soulful and reflective journey across this beautiful state." -- Kathy Murphy

"My favorites are 'Mattamuskeet' and 'Tin Roof Rain' because I love the way the natural sounds are integrated into the music. Each instrument seems perfectly placed in the spectrum of sound." -- Jay Jennings, WRAL-TV

"I absolutely love the new CD. From beginning to end it's an incredibly relaxing, reflective collection of music. We put it in Sunday morning while we drank our coffee and talked, it was perfect Sunday morning music. It's funny, as I was driving around later I could see a whole movie plot play out with this collection as a soundtrack. Do you have any connections in Hollywood?" -- Kelcey Carlson, WRAL-TV

"Ahhh, it really is peaceful! First of all, I love your title! It fits so well with these lovely songs, Bill. You have done it again! A wonderful, musical journey, this time through our state!" -- Phyllis Parish, WRAL-TV