Soulsations

Sundays at 6am and 6pm

Soulsations takes listeners on an engaging musical journey of R&B and Gospel music.

You’ll hear the sounds of Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, dubbed the best kept secret in the industry, musical innovators Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye along with other tunes from Motown’s golden era. You’ll discover the distinct sounds of contemporary gospel from Yolanda Adams to the long-time a cappella gospel quartet the Fairfield Four, known as house wreckers because they “bring down the house” when they perform. We’ll also showcase new works from seasoned R&B veterans including Al Green and Aretha Franklin plus gospel siblings BeBe & CeCe Winans.

Host Carla Eckels has been recognized numerous times for her work on Soulsations, including DJ Personality of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. Join Carla every Sunday at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. for an hour of pure musical enjoyment.

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Sunday, February 28

Hear a brand new remix by Eric Kupper of the McFadden &  Whitehead classic “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now.” We also have new music by Jonas & Scratch Professer and a new inspirational gospel single by CeCe Winans. Plus, this week’s DoubleTake is “Kissing My Love” by the legendary Bill Withers and covered by the talented R&B singer Anthony David.

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Sunday, February 21

Coming up on Soulsations, The Freedom Affair encourages us to “Give A Little Love.” The unique collective from Kansas City features three powerhouse female singers and a dynamic six piece band. Also hear a new release from R&B artist and Baltimore native Maysa and classics from Luther Vandross, the Gap Band, and Debra Laws. Plus, this week’s DoubleTake includes the 1973 classic “If You Want Me To Stay” by the legendary band Sly and the Family Stone, and a new version by Ari Lennox and Anthony Ramos.

Here’s the music video for “Give A Little Love” from The Freedom Affair:

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Sunday, February 14

Coming up on Soulsations, it's an hour of love songs for Valentine's Day Weekend. We're featuring Michael Henderson, Charlie Wilson and Anita Baker, along with uplifting gospel from Wichita's own TRU. We'll also remember Mary Wilson, a founder of the Supremes. The classy, legendary trio created several number one hits for Moton in the '60s. Plus, this week's DoubleTake features the 1977 tune "Everlasting Love" by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and a 2005 version by Vanessa Williams. 

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Sunday, February 7

There's lots of “Philly Soul” ahead on Soulsations as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic music label Philadelphia International Records. The groundbreaking label was founded by the phenomenally talented songwriters/producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. Together they lead the way in creating some of the most memorable lyrics and melodies of the past five decades. The label included such artists as McFadden and Whitehead, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and Patti LaBelle. We'll hear a bit from Wichita listener Bernard Knowles about growing up in Philadelphia, surrounded by the rich music.

Plus, this week’s DoubleTake features the Stevie Wonder song “Until You Come Back To Me” performed by the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and followed by the Queen of Funk Chaka Khan. Khan recently released a live version of the tune recorded in her hometown of Chicago.

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Sunday, January 31

Coming up on Soulsations, we’ll “Rock Steady” with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Also, hear a new R&B groove from Jon Batiste and a new uplifting gospel tune from Darwin Hobbs.

This week’s DoubleTake features two R&B legends; the engaging sounds of Motown’s Marvin Gaye followed by Taking It To The Streets’ Michael McDonald, both giving their very soulful interpretations of the song “After the Dance."

Hear What's Behind Skinny Hightower's Chart-Topping Jazz Tune

Jan 21, 2021
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Sunday, January 24

Coming up Soulsations, we’ll get "Back to Life" with Soul II Soul and hear a number one jazz tune on the Billboard charts by Wichita's Skinny Hightower. The talented artist shares what's behind the song with host Carla Eckels. Plus this week’s DoubleTake comes from long time listener David Cooksey: "Wishing On a Star" by Rose Royce from the 1976 Car Wash movie soundtrack and a newer version by R&B balladeer Will Downing. 

Greater Wichita Ministerial League

Sunday, January 17

It's an hour of socially conscious songs and gospel as we celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Hear new music from Jarod Lawson and classics from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Donny Hathaway. Plus, this week's DoubleTake features the 1976 gem "Harvest for the World" by The Isley Brothers and a version by Vanessa Williams.

We'll also talk with singer and evangelist Dr. Dorinda Clark-Cole, one of the legendary members of The Clark Sisters. Clark-Cole is the featured speaker at the Greater Wichita Ministerial League's virtual MLK program, which will be streamed live on Facebook at noon on Monday, January 18. She shares what she hopes viewers take away from her speech, and teases the possibility of hearing engaging sounds by The Clark Sisters.

Sunday, January 10

The jams keep on coming on Soulsations with new sounds from Sy Smith featuring Dominique Xavier (Prince keyboardist and funk master) with a remake of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” Gospel great Deitrick Haddon reminds us it’s “Open Door Season” with his new uplifting single, plus hear legendary funk bands, Brick and Con Funk Shun. We’ll also take you back to 1970 on this week’s DoubleTake, with the classic "O-o-h Child" by The Five Stairsteps and covered by Donnie McClurkin featuring Kirk Franklin.  

Sunday, January 3

There’s lots of new releases from 2020 ahead on Soulsations, including R&B artists Kem, Charlie Wilson, Tower of Power, Chrisette Michele and a savory 2020 jazz tune from Lindsey Webber. We’ll also feature brand new music from the Breathe Project by Dr. Kevin Harrison which includes 50 talented Black male singers living right here in Wichita. Plus, on this week’s DoubleTake, hear legendary gospel artists The Winans featuring soulful songstress Anita Baker with “Ain’t No Need to Worry” followed by a cover on a new gospel release by Brian Courtney Wilson featuring Maranda Curtis. 

Sunday, December 27

Engaging tunes are ahead as we end the year 2020. Hear brand new music from the film soundtrack for the Pixar animated movie Soul. The composer Jon Batiste is perhaps best known as the bandleader and musical director for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The soundtrack includes a captivating, less-than-a-minute song called “Collard Greens and Cornbread Strut.” On this edition of Soulsations, we’ll also hear classics by the fabulous Isley Brothers and the Doobie Brothers, and gospel music by PJ Morton featuring Jermaine Dolly, Kirk Franklin, Jermaine Dolly, Lena Byrd-Miles. Plus, this week’s DoubleTake features a 1968 gem by the 5th Dimension, “Stoned Soul Picnic”, and a cover by Kombo.

Here’s “Collard Greens and Cornbread Strut”…

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