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, January 26

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from R&B veteran Charlie Wilson. The former lead vocalist of The Gap Band celebrates love with his new song "Forever Valentine." Wilson teams up with "Uptown Funk" singer Bruno Mars on the romantic tune.  

Sunday, January 19

Sunday on Soulsations, it's socially conscious songs just in time for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Hear selections from Stevie Wonder, the Isley Brothers and more, plus soul legends and rock and roll hall-of-famers The O'Jays.

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Sunday, December 22

Sunday on Soulsations, we celebrate the season with more Christmas music! Hear Wichita’s own Karla Burns and Ernest Alexander with their version of “Go Tell It On The Mountain.” Tamia brings us a new interpretation of a Stevie Wonder classic, "Someday at Christmas", and businesswoman Crystal Johnson Turner shares her favorite Christmas tune during a segment of “That’s My Song.” 

Soulsations' Best Releases Of 2019

Dec 16, 2019

  1.   The Brand New Heavies – TBNH
  2. Kirk Franklin – Long, Live, Love
  3. Chaka Khan – Hello Happiness
  4. Gene Moore – Tunnel Vision
  5. Philip Bailey – Love Will Find A Way
  6. Marvin Gaye – You’re the Man
  7. Tony Momrelle – Best Is Yet To Come
  8. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis featuring Sounds of Blackness – Til I Found You
  9. Donnie McClurkin – A Different Song
  10. JSoul – Neutronic Suite
  11. Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers – Goshen
  12. Raphael Saadiq  - Jimmy Lee
  13. Travis Greene – Broken Record
  14. Jermaine Milton – Chapters Of A Worshipper
  15. Pleasure – For Your Pleasure
  16. Incognito – Tomorrow’s New Dream
  17. Rahsaan Patterson -Heroes and Gods
  18. PJ Morton – Paul
  19. H.E.R. – I Used To Know Her
  20. Carvin Winans – In The Softest Way
  21. Peabo Bryson – Stand For Love 
  22. Angie Stone – Full Circle
  23. Will Downing –  Romantique, Pt. 1
  24. India.Arie – Worthy
  25. One Way featuring Al Hudson – #New Old School
  26.  Lasperanza - Seeds

Sunday, December 15

Hear the latest and some classic Christmas tunes this Sunday on Soulsations! And, as part of our "That's My Song" segment, Wichitan David Cooksey explains why his favorite song during this season is "This Christmas" by the legendary Donny Hathaway.

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Sunday, December 8

It’s a special edition of Soulsations this weekend with the legendary soul band Earth, Wind & Fire. Hear an hour full of their tunes, plus Soulsations listener Cheryl Maloney shares her chance meeting with one of the band members of her favorite group…

“I knew the look, I knew the hair, and it turned out to be Phillip Bailey the lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire.”

Hear that story, and music from what’s described as one of most successful bands of all time, on Soulsations Sunday at 6 p.m.

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Sunday, November 24

It's the Thanksgiving season, and we're serving up "Thank You" songs Sunday on Soulsations. Hear from artists including Sly and The Family Stone, Natalie Cole, and gospel from Walter Hawkins and the Love Center Choir. Plus, brothers Rudy and Bob Love of Wichita's own Rudy Love & The Love Family reveal their favorite song. Hint: It's a song about being thankful!

Sunday, November 17

Sunday on Soulsations, we highlight Motown with the sounds of the Marvelettes. As one of the girl group sensations of the 60s, the Marvelettes were the first Motown group to hit #1 on the U.S. pop charts with "Please Mr. Postman". They also sang the popular Smokey Robinson penned tune, "Don't Mess With Bill". Hear music from the Marvelettes on Soulsations, Sunday night at 6 p.m. on KMUW.

Here are the Marvelettes performing "Please Mr. Postman":

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Sunday, November 10

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from Incognito. The British jazz/funk/soul band is celebrating 40 years in the industry. Their new release, Tomorrow’s New Dream, features several collaborations, including with artists Phil Perry, Maysa and Take 6.

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Sunday, November 3

Hear music from 70s funk and disco group KC and The Sunshine Band. Lead singer, Harry Wayne Casey ("KC") tells Forbes.com how he came to co-write the popular tune, "I’m Your Boogie Man":  

"'I'm Your Boogie Man" was written because I would fill in for my friend who was a DJ. Just growing up listening to the radio stations and how much interaction the DJs had, not only in my life but everybody's life growing up because they sometimes became the key people who we listened to every day and every night, they're always there. I just considered them the boogie man, 'I'm your boogie man, that's what I am/I'm here to do whatever I can/Be it early morning, late afternoon or midnight/It's never too soon.' So it was off that experience I created that lyric. I was thinking about the DJs being the key point of that."

The song, released in 1977, became an international hit.  KC and The Sunshine Band will be in concert November 16 at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina, Kansas.

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