WRAL’s Leslie speaker, entertainer for annual Flat River Baptist Association event

Jan. 25, 2013 @ 08:55 PM


On Friday, at 7 p.m., Bill Leslie of WRAL will speak and entertain attendees of the Flat River Baptist Association’s annual Baptist Men and Women’s Banquet. This event will take place in the civic center at Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson.

A journalist, musician and composer, Leslie has five Emmys and two Peabody Awards to his credit. Working for WRAL Television out of Raleigh as an anchorman and environmental reporter, the list of award-winning documentaries he has produced include “Troubled Rivers,” “The Five Faces of Poverty” and “Victims.”

Yo-Yo- Ma, a renowned cellist, referred to Leslie as “one of the greats in modern Celtic music.” Six albums of the eight albums he has produced have reached or approached the top of the world music charts. Released in 2008, “Blue Ridge Reunion” made it to No. 1 on the world music charts. In 2005, he was chosen as “Best New Artist” worldwide by the New Age Reporter.

Leslie also helped produce two albums for Bragh Adair, a Celtic fusion band. He currently performs with Lorica, a Celtic/Folk ensemble based out of Raleigh. He is proficient with guitar, piano and Celtic whistle.

“Tall Ships,” one of his orchestral compositions, was used as the official song of the 2006 America Parade of Sail event. Both the North Carolina Symphony and the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra have performed his compositions.

In addition, he is well-known as a story teller and has penned a book featuring his father’s watercolor depictions of Western North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, he serves as an elder at Cary Presbyterian Church.

Together with his wife, Cindy, a speech pathologist, they have two children: Lauren, an elementary school teacher; and Will, an Appalachian State University graduate currently working for a Charlotte-based film company.

Reservations ($12 per person) must be made for attendance to this event. Prospective attendees should call the Flat River Baptist Association office at (919) 693-5215.