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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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September 22, 2019

Hear new R&B music from trio LaSharVu. These vocal powerhouses from the UK are featured on the new release from Reel People. The singers, LaDonna Harley Peters, Sharlene Hector and Vula Malinga, cover a hit made popular in the '70s by R&B singer Teena Marie.

Sunday, September 15

Hear new music from R&B singer Angie Stone's latest album, Full Circle, Sunday on Soulsations.

If you love the R&B and gospel you hear each week on Soulsations, as well as KMUW's other musical offerings, be sure to support KMUW during our fall pledge drive and make a pledge now.

Sunday, September 8

It's been just over a year since the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, died. Since her death, a posthumous Pulitzer Prize was awarded in 2019. The gospel film Amazing Grace, featuring segments of her 1972 performance at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, was released. Her hometown of Detroit, Michigan, recently named a stretch of Lodge highway the Aretha Franklin Memorial Highway, and an Aretha biopic is reportedly in the works. 

Join us at 6 p.m. for an encore presentation of Soulsations' Aretha Franklin remembrance, featuring reflections from the community about the legendary singer.

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Sunday, September 1

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Raphael Saadiq. Saadiq's new album Jimmy Lee was inspired by the circumstances surrounding the death of his older brother due to drug addiction. It's his first new album in eight years. Saadiq says this album is a little darker in its storytelling. It's described as "deeply personal." We'll hear the lead single "Something Keeps Calling Me."

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Sunday, August 25

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from funk, soul, and jazz band Pleasure. Founded in Portland, Oregon, the band achieved much success with their 1979 hit "Glide." Their infectious tunes have been sampled by Janet Jackson and Will Smith. Now, 40 years later, the band has a new album called Now Is The Time featuring a funky head and shoulder groove titled "For Your Pleasure."

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August 18

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from R&B singer/songwriter and producer Brandon Williams. The Detroit native teams up with R&B vocalist Eric Roberson on the new single, "Don't Give Up On Love."

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Sunday, August 11 

Sunday on Soulsations, hear groovin’ sounds from Zapp. The 70s soul band is known for such hits as “I Can Make You Dance,” “Computer Love” and its cover of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” Hear music from the funk pioneers’ 2018 release, Zapp VII Roger & Friends. Zapp will perform along with the bands Midnight Star and Lakeside, at the 5th Annual Grub & Groove Festival on August 17 in Andover, Kansas.  

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Sunday, August 4

Listen for inspirational music from gospel powerhouse Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Sunday on Soulsations.  The Grammy winner recently sang a few of her chart topping tunes, including “Break Every Chain”, as part of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. 


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Sunday, July 28

Sunday on Soulsations, hear the soulful, rich vocals of Tahirah Memory. The Portland native has a brand new project out called Asha. Memory tells SoulTracks why she gave her sophomore album her middle name: “The songs on this record are deeper, more telling, and the vibe is simply more Asha than it is Tahirah,” Memory said. “ I thought it was appropriate to reveal to the world who I am at home. What I think on. Where my soul dwells. Off stage.”  

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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.