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, May 9

Gospel great Kirk Franklin has a timely new remix of “Can You Feel It” by The Jacksons featuring Tamela Mann. We’re also celebrating the birthday of musical genius Stevie Wonder, who turns 71 on May 13. Hear several of his classic tunes and an interview with his childhood friend Margaret Terry from Detroit. Plus, Soulsations listener Terry Atwater from Wichita shares his DoubleTake pick: “At Your Best (You Are Love)” by the ever soulful Isley Brothers and covered by the talented Aaliyah.

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Sunday, May 2

Get ready for some irresistible music this week on Soulsations. Hear new sounds from Ariel J., a jazzy tune from Rachelle Ferrell, classics from Michael Jackson and The Natural Four, and uplifting gospel from New Direction. We’ll also hear from singer/songwriter/pianist Victoria Theodore about what it’s like to audition for a coveted spot in Stevie Wonder’s band. Plus, listener Jordan Kirtley brings us this week’s DoubleTake featuring the engaging groove “Take Me To The River” by the soulful Al Green with a live cover version by the innovative band Talking Heads.

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Sunday, April 25

Gospel giant Yolanda Adams speaks with Soulsations host Carla Eckels about co-writing the infectious, uplifting song “Already Alright”. We’ll also hear a new single by EEDB, Tony Tuklan and Tito Jackson of legendary Jackson Five fame. Plus, Google recently celebrated the birthday of Luther Vandross with a Google Doodle. We’ll join in the celebration by sharing his engaging music, including a DoubleTake of his tune “Don’t You Know That” with a cover by Rahsaan Patterson. Also hear classics from Diana Ross and The Supremes, Roberta Flack, The Bar-Kays, Slave, and The Pointer Sisters remind us “Yes We Can Can.” 

Here's part of Carla Eckels' conversation with Yolanda Adams:

 Sunday, April 18

Nine-time Grammy-nominated R&B and gospel singer Kelly Price recently signed with Motown Gospel. She poured her heart and soul into her second gospel project Grace after the loss of her grandfather early in the 2020 pandemic and the sudden passing of her mother at the end of the year. Hear brand new music from that release, which is becoming one of Price’s most inspirational and moving projects to date. Also this week on Soulsations, it’s the soulful sounds of Kem and Charlie Wilson and The Brand New Heavies.  Plus, this week’s DoubleTake features the legendary Al Jarreau with “Roof Garden” followed by a version from Chris Walker who served as Al Jarreau’s musical director, co-vocalist and bassist for more than twenty years. 

Sunday, April 11

Earth, Wind & Fire and The Isley Brothers were recently featured in the webcast series Verzuz. It’s an incredibly popular friendly music “battle” on social media created by producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz. Coming up on Soulsations, we’ll share hits from the two legendary bands. Plus, a new two-stepping tune from The Isley Brothers featuring Snoop Dogg, classics from Chaka Khan and The Bar-Kays, and an engaging ballad from Shelea. We’ll also “Get Up For The Downstroke” with a funky DoubleTake from Parliament and jazz band BWB.

Here's the official music video for "Friends and Family" by The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley and Snoop Dogg:

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Sunday, April 4

It's an hour of uplifting gospel music this Sunday during Easter weekend. Hear inspirational tunes from CeCe Winans, Walter Hawkins, The Clark Sisters, The Whispers, Rev. Milton Brunson with the Thompson Community Singers, and Wichita's own Shekinah Gospel Singers. L'Tanya Moore shares how she came to record the Easter song "He Decided to Die'' and Dorinda Clark-Cole talks about co-writing "He Can" from The Clark Sisters' latest album The Return. Plus, this week's DoubleTake features the classic "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power" by the godfather of contemporary gospel music Andrae Crouch and covered by Smokie Norful featuring the 12th District AME Church Choir.

The New & The Classics - From Ledisi To The Bar-Kays

Mar 25, 2021

 Sunday, March 28 

This Sunday on Soulsations, it’s new music from R&B singer/songwriter Ledisi. Rolling Stone calls her “the type of elite vocal athlete that is increasingly hard to find, with shades of Sarah Vaughan and Chaka Khan audible in her swooping, eruptive, improvisatory vocals.” Hear Ledisi’s new release and an infectious gospel tune as well. Also new music from Reel People & Raheem DeVaughn and Jon Batiste, plus classics from The Bar-Kays and Hugh Masekela. This week’s DoubleTake is all about the dirty “Lowdown” by Boz Scaggs and covered by Incognito featuring Chaka Khan and Mario Biondi.

Here’s the music video for “Anything For You” from Ledisi:

Sunday, March 21

This week on Soulsations, hear R&B classics from The Commodores, The BlackByrds and Patrice Rushen. We’ll share a new tune by gospel trailblazers Jonathan McReynolds and Mali Music, who just picked up a Grammy. Also, we’re sending out an SOS from the sensational S.O.S. Band; legendary lead singer Mary Davis is leaving the group — with the band’s full support — to continue recovering from an illness. We’ll share signature sounds from the “Groovin” band and pass along how you can audition to become their new lead vocalist. Plus, this week’s DoubleTake features the 1977 ballad “How Deep is Your Love” by the legendary Bee Gees, and an updated version by PJ Morton. 

Sunday, March 14

Hear brand new music by H.E.R. from the movie soundtrack of Judas and the Black Messiah. Also classics from Sade, Marvin Gaye and Skyy. Gospel icon Dorinda Clark Cole stresses the importance of staying healthy during the pandemic and shares a technique she uses to keep her voice in tip top shape. Plus this week’s DoubleTake features the 1980 song “Back Together Again” by legends Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway. We'll hear the original and a cover by British R&B and jazz singer Tony Momrelle and Chante Chann.

Sunday, March 7

Trailblazing gospel singer Kirk Franklin was recently featured on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert. NPR’s Digital Media Engineer Bobby Carter, who is also a DJ, says “I cannot recall a more moving Tiny Desk home performance.”  We’ll hear more of Kirk Franklin’s latest gospel music this Sunday on Soulsations. Also, this week’s DoubleTake features the song “My Sensitivity” written and recorded by the one and only Luther Vandross. We’ll hear the original and a cover by soulful singer Ledisi. Plus, Gregory Porter encourages upliftment through his tune “Revival Song.”

What Kirk Franklin’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert from NPR Music: