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Leslie Odom Jr., best known for playing Aaron Burr in “Hamilton,” speaks to Bruce Headlam about his career on stage and in music and also his new Christmas album. The Christmas Album is Leslie’s second crack at a holiday album but his first time not having to do it on a budget. They also discuss Leslie’s favorite Christmas music, what it was like playing a Founding Father as a Black Man, and lessons he learned from the incomparable talents of Nat King Cole and Sammy Davis Jr.

You can find some of our favorite holiday songs + Leslie’s new album HERE — enjoy!

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