Bill Leslie | I Am A River

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I Am A River

by Bill Leslie

15 original & beautiful Celtic/New Age orchestral melodies from Best New Artist in genre including 3 sensational vocals.
Genre: New Age: Celtic New Age
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1. The Waterman
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2. Catawba
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3. I Am a River
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4. Tall Ships
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5. Pungo Gumbo
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6. Aqua Night
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7. Cullasaja
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8. New River Dawn
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9. Reese
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10. Pamlico
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11. River of Peace
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12. Edenton
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13. Come Through the Water
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14. Sacred Waters
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15. Nantahala
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Album Notes
Praised by Yo-Yo Ma as "one of the greats in modern Celtic music," Bill Leslie is back with another blockbuster album. “I Am a River” was voted one of the top five albums worldwide in 2006 by international radio hosts (NAR). "I Am a River" is a compilation of 15 new and original songs inspired by Bill’s love affair with rivers from the mountains to the coastal estuaries. Bill’s smooth, evocative and highly melodic songs are enhanced by swelling orchestral strings particularly on “Tall Ships,” the official song of the 2006 America’s Sail Maritime Festival. The overall mood of the album brims with nostalgia, sentiment, intimacy and anticipation. 12 tracks are instrumentals featuring Bill on Celtic whistle, acoustic guitar and grand piano along with Juilliard sensations Jennifer Curtis on violin and Susan Babini on cello. Three outstanding vocal tracks add a rich new dimension to this album including the title cut “I Am a River.” Back-up vocalist Marty Suttle Long and Bill’s son Will Leslie on percussion round out the rich reservoir of talent on this truly stunning collection dedicated to Bill’s musical mentor Mícheál Ó'Domhnaill (1951-2006) of Ireland.

I am a river flowing beside you,
I am a voice in your dreams.
Water like honey shimmering golden,
I am much more than I seem.

Bill describes the album as a lifelong labor of love: “Rivers flow with the lifeblood of civilization. They draw us near and nourish us with their sparkling waters, verdant vistas and soothing sounds. These songs were inspired by the remarkable rivers I loved as a child and later covered as an environmental journalist. My sincere hope is that we will all work diligently to protect the quality of our precious waters. Rivers also flow with rich romantic imagery. Water is the womb of visions, dreams and poetry. It invites us to dive into the subconscious and lay claim to our true selves. Come with me now and explore the brilliant light and the dazzling darkness of the deep and shallow waters.”

“I Am a River” is Bill Leslie’s fifth album in six years. He co-produced the two highly acclaimed CDs by the Celtic fusion band Bragh Adair “Grace in Stone” and “The Hunt.” As a solo artist Bill Leslie’s “Peaceful Journey” CD peaked at number one on the world music charts in 2005. Bill’s “Christmas in Carolina” CD was named Best Holiday Album of 2005 (NAR) and was number two on the international charts for two consecutive months. Bill’s website is Bill is also a veteran news anchor and environmental reporter at WRAL Television in Raleigh. His daily blog Tar Heel Traveler is the most popular on the WRAL website.


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Mark Valletta

Majestic Music
The majesty of your music brought back memories of back packing along the Appalachian Trail and even more fond memories of my four years spent in Boone while attending college. Most of all, your music reminded me of how pristine the State of North Carolina really is. From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Coast at Hatteras, this state has everything to offer that anyone could possibly hope for.

Susan Winner

lyrical, evocative, contemplative. Celtic influence. Loved it.
This CD is lyrical, evocative, and contemplative. Beautiful. One can hear the Celtic influence. I love the three songs Bill wrote and sang. He has a rich, melodic voice. When I was listening to it, before I read the insert, I pictured traveling on the river of life with its peaceful, difficult, joyful, sorrowful, and varied places: some stunning in their beauty; some quiet and soothing; others full of peril and fear. And in his songs, an invitation to let the river take you where you need to go to receive healing.


I have always loved Bill Leslie from the am news and I wake up with his crew every morning at 5AM. I am amazed at his remarkable talent. I have relived the Tall Ship Special over and over in my mind as I listen to the CD. All of the songs are wonderful. Bill, you are truly a person in love with North Carolina just as I am. I am a native of this great state also. The music is priceless.

Kathy Gautier

I Am A River
Wonderful, exceeds all my expectations ( and I had high hopes for this CD as I have been sooooooo pleased with all his prior works!! It is just so satisfying and relaxing to listen to his works whether just unwinding on the way home, reading or working in the office, or just trying to "put it all behind you and escape in your mind!" We watch the Channel 5 news every morning with Bill, Linda, Valonda, Elizabeth & Brian.......the day is just not right if I miss them!!

Bobbi Warmack

"I Am A River"
I was lucky enough to find the link to Bill's CD on the WRAL Website. Being at work on a Saturday, I decided to listen to the CD. I found it to be relaxing and engaging. I ordered three cd's. One of which I played for my boss who is retiring as we toured around some of our jurisdictions. He loved it, I gave him one and the other one is reserved for my sister's birthday in February. Great Work Bill!

Christine Kilpatrick

I bought the CD for my sister as a Christmas gift. She absolutely LOVES it! I c
This CD was for a Christmas gift.My sister absolutely LOVES it! I am looking forward to listening to Bill's music.

Terah Tucker

Simply Beautiful!
I have just 3 words for this CD, and all of Bill Leslie's music: Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!! If I could have given this album more than 5 stars, I would have. It's good relaxing music, good driving music, good when you're sad music, good ANYTHING music. Definitely a buyer...

Dave Kent

Brilliant Album!
I'm listening to your new CD right now with headphones, and it's brilliant. Not just the songs, which are great, but the production is outstanding. And what I'm most impressed with is song placement. Just when I need something upbeat, you nail it. It's really a CD you have to flow with from beginning to end. I'm sitting here doing my work, and then fading into thought about life. Your vocals are terrific. You're really amazing, more now than ever!

Barbara Thomas

Love it! Especially "Tall Ships!" Thanks for giving the world such wonderful music

Pete Havey/Mystic Soundscapes Radio

Album blew me away!
It is always great receiving your music! I have to say this album blew me away - wonderful work! We're adding Tracks 1, 2, and 6 over the course of the next several weeks, starting with Track 6 this weekend. Thanks so much for the music - your passion really comes through on this one! Take care ---
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