Soulsations

Sundays at 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. Join Carla Eckels Sunday evenings for an hour of pure musical enjoyment.

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Sunday, July 21

Sunday on Soulsations, hear soul legend Patrice Rushen. She’s known for her work as a composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and music director. Her 1982 single, "Forget Me Nots" will be among her most memorable songs featured on a new compilation, Remind Me: The Classic Elektra Recordings 1978-1984.  

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Sunday, July 14

Disco music icon Gloria Gaynor has released her first-ever gospel album. Gaynor is well known for the 1978 international mega hit "I Will Survive." Her new project Testimony includes a duet with gospel powerhouse Yolanda Adams, who discusses the joy she had in recording with the disco legend this Sunday on Soulsations.

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Sunday, July 7

Sunday on Soulsations, it's music and conversation with R&B singer/songwriter, producer and drummer Stokley Williams. The long-time lead singer of the band Mint Condition will discuss his latest solo release, and reuniting with famed producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for his upcoming sophomore project.

Here's the music video for "We Me" from his 2017 album Introducing Stokley:

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Sunday, June 30

Hear engaging music from one-of-a-kind R&B vocalist Luther Vandross on Soulsations.

In a recent Vibe article, Naima Cochrane writes, "And while his voice is appreciated–he’s featured on every greatest vocalist list of note–the full range and depth of Luther’s vocal craftsmanship are not. He was a writer, producer, and one of the greatest vocal manipulators in the game, as well-known and sought-after from early in his career for his vocal arrangements as his singing." The New York Times once described Vandross as having an “obsession with the human voice, bordering on clinical.”

Vandross won eight Grammy Awards and sold 30 million albums worldwide.

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Sunday, June 23

Sunday on Soulsations, hear music and conversation with Grammy-nominated Raul Midón.  His latest release is If You Really Want. The New York Times has called Midón "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.” Midón has also been featured as part of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series.

Midón told Soulsations host Carla Eckels, "I've never considered myself a particular kind of musician. I'm sort of put in the jazz category right now but really, I love soul music. I love Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder and Al Green. And I love Latin music. I speak Spanish, so I love Brazilian music, I love flamenco, I love Argentine folk music‚ I love tango. The music that I make is a distillation of everything that I love in music.

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Sunday, June 16

Sunday on Soulsations hear new music from top-selling gospel artist Donnie McClurkin. The three-time Grammy winner talks with host Carla Eckels about his long-time career in gospel music, the meaning behind some of his songs and shares a message to fathers on Father’s Day.

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Sunday, June 9

R&B veteran Montell Jordan is working on a new project, the first to be released in over a decade. He’s widely known for his hit, “This Is How We Do It". The singer/songwriter and producer is now a worship pastor in Atlanta. Hear Jordan’s new single, a love song called “When I’m Around You” that features Christian hip hop artist Lecrae, tonight on Soulsations.

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Sunday, June 2

Longtime Earth, Wind & Fire lead vocalist and percussionist has a brand new track. Hear the legendary Philip Bailey's new single, "Once In A Lifetime." Bailey collaborates with Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Christian Scott, Bilal, Chick Corea, Christian McBride and Steve Gadd on his solo album, Love Will Find A Way. The project, to be released June 21, is produced by WILL.I.AM.  

Plus hear inspirational tunes and insight from five-time grammy-winning gospel legend Yolanda Adams. Adams is headlining Wichita's Gospelfest at Riverfest, on Monday, June 3.

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Sunday, May 26

 Hear new music from Lasperanza. The R&B band’s new album Seeds features updated versions of familiar soul tunes. Guest vocalist Kayleigh O’Neill brings a fresh, funky twist to Michael Jackson’s 1979 song “Working Day And Night.”

Sunday, May 19

The legendary band The Whispers has performed for more than five decades and is still entertaining audiences across the country. The soulful hitmaking group has been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the R&B Hall of Fame. Hear The Whispers at 6 p.m. this Sunday on Soulsations.

Here's the band's classic hit "Make It With You."

Also, be sure to join us for Fill Your Mug: KMUW Listener Appreciation Party.  We’re celebrating KMUW listeners and 10 years of Soulsations with Carla Eckels. Join us on Friday, May 31, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Wichita’s Public at the Brickyard in Old Town.

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