The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #55 – George Benson

George Benson is a household name. His abilities as a guitarist and vocalist safely ensure his place as a legend in the world of pop, jazz and R&B. A ten time Grammy award-winner, George Benson’s career has been a prolific one: 36 studio albums, and 5 live albums. Some of his songs are perpetually on the radio years and years after being recorded. From instrumental compositions like “Breezin'” to pop songs like “Turn Your Love Around,” or his live cover of “On Broadway,” one thing is certain, the music of George Benson seems to radiate from his heart.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #51 – Dave Mackay

Dave Mackay is a pianist, keyboardist, singer-songwriter, accompanist and recording artist. Originally from Leicestershire, England his fascination with music and the art of recording has been lifelong. Mackay moved to the United States and studied at the Berklee College of Music. Currently based in Los Angeles, he’s continued his craft of writing and recording songs. Since 2016 he’s been performing alongside guitarist Tab Laven as the touring band of singer Art Garfunkel. The same year he also released his full length record of original songs entitled Restart.

We’re pleased to welcome Dave Mackay to The Paul Leslie Hour to discuss his multifaceted musical life!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #49 – Kate McGarry

Kate McGarry is a jazz vocalist and songwriter. Called “a voice that soars with abundant hope,” she joins us to talk about her first trio album, The Subject Tonight is Love.  McGarry and her collaborators Keith Ganz and Gary Versace will be celebrating the release of the album with a performance at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta, Georgia on February 2nd and 3rd. Future performances will be held in New York City and Durham, North Carolina.

We learn about the album and the artist who created it, right here on The Paul Leslie Hour!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #36 – Gary Portnoy

Singer-songwriter and recording artist Gary Portnoy has written many songs recorded by both himself and other artists, however his most famous composition is “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” known to many as the theme song to the television sitcom “Cheers.” It’s the kind of interview I find the most enjoyable. You know the artist’s work, but you don’t know what their voice sounds like or how their personality is. As it turns out, Gary Portnoy is someone I appreciate and who comes across as very sincere.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #31 – Susan Birkenhead

Susan Birkenhead is one of the most in-demand theatre lyricists. She made her Broadway debut as a contributor to Working in 1978. Her songwriting has been featured in many productions both on and off Broadway, including Jelly’s Last Jam, Triumph of Love, High Society, Hats!, Radio Girl and most recently The Secret Life of Bees. Susan Birkenhead has written with some of the best composers including Charles Strouse, David Foster, Jule Styne and others. In fact, with Styne, Birkenhead wrote two songs recorded by Frank Sinatra.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #26 – Gary Morris

Singer-songwriter, recording artist Gary Morris was born on December 7, 1948. Tomorrow is his birthday! Morris has had more than two dozen chart singles, including the 1983 Top 10 song, “Wind Beneath My Wings.”  Most of his work could be classified as country, but he’s also had a serious acting career. He played Jean Valjean in a Broadway production of Les Misérables as well as a production of Puccini’s opera La Boheme. The conversation is good and true with Gary Morris on The Paul Leslie Hour.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #25 – Gabrielle Stravelli

The acclaimed jazz and pop vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli joins Paul to talk about her first major album of distinctive original songs “Dream Ago” produced by David Cook. Called an “outstanding singer” by the Wall Street Journal and “hotter than the equator” by The Village Voice, Gabrielle Stravelli is an emerging sensation in New York’s jazz and supper clubs, who is gathering recognition and a following around the nation and beyond.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #20 – Jillian Cardarelli

Jillian Cardarelli is a singer-songwriter from Boston, Massachusetts who went to Nashville to pursue her dream of being a country music singer-songwriter. In a short time, her work ethic and talent has allowed her to share the stage with the classic and contemporary singers of country music. Rolling Stone put her in the list of the 10 New Country Artists you need to know. Whether in the recording studio or on stage, it’s clear that singing is what Jillian Cardarelli was born to do. Meet her on The Paul Leslie Hour!

“Cardarelli’s recordings blend the heritage and the modern, with her upcoming EP’s tracks cut via old school full band takes at a non-Music Row studio.” –Rolling Stone

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #15 – Melora Hardin


Melora Hardin is an actor, singer and director known to many for playing the character “Jan Levinson” on the hit sitcom “The Office,” but her artistic experience is expansive! She’s graced the television and film screen as well as the stage. Acting, dancing and directing are just a few of her talents. Then, there’s her musical side. A singer-songwriter, she’s a concert performer and a recording artist  with 3 albums to her credit. It’s an interview with depth yet not an ounce of pretension. Listen and find out why Melora Hardin is beloved by so many audiences.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #13 – Larry Bastian

Larry Bastian has lived a storied life. Farming, being a cowboy and working as a biologist are all a part of the tale. His family had farmed the San Joaquin Valley in California since the late 1800s, but what Larry Bastian is most known for is his songs. Legendary recording artists like George Jones, Buck Owens, Tammy Wynette, and Conway Twitty have recorded his songs. Bastian is also heavily associated with Garth Brooks who has covered and co-written songs with him.  Grab a cup of coffee or cocoa and listen. It’s a campfire conversation with a master storyteller!

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