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, 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.

Sunday, May 12  

Motown legend and Temptations lead singer David Ruffin was known for his distinctive soulful voice. Ruffin lead several songs for the hitmaking group including “Beauty is Only Skin Deep” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg." The universal song “My Girl” became the group's biggest hit and first #1 single. 

 

In a 2000 NPR interview, another Motown legend, singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson, describes writing a song for the iconic singer:

 

"David Ruffin, I knew, was like this sleeping giant in this group because he had this--it's sort of like a mellow gruff-sounding voice. And all I needed was the right song for his voice and I felt like I would have a smash hit record. So I sat down at the piano to write a song for David Ruffin's voice. So I wanted to make it something that he could belt out, but yet make it melodic and sweet."

 

David Ruffin will have a street named after him in Detroit in June 2019.  Hear his music on Soulsations, Sunday at 6 on KMUW.

Sunday, May 5  

Hear new music from UK acid jazz funk band The Brand New Heavies featuring N’Dea Davenport. Widely known for their 1991 R&B hit “Never Stop,” the band has reunited with the popular vocalist of Atlanta, Georgia to produce the new single "Getaway."  

R&B From H.E.R.

Apr 25, 2019
George Chinsee

Sunday, April 28

Listen for the latest R&B music from H.E.R. (Having Everything Revealed). H.E.R. won a 2019 Grammy and has been featured in NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series.

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Sunday, April 21

We highlight gospel music Sunday on Soulsations with the classic release Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration. Plus, hear new inspirational tunes from Kirk Franklin and Sounds of Blackness, Easter Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

Jim Britt

Sunday, April 14

Hear engaging music from a 1972 unreleased album by soulful Motown icon, Marvin Gaye. The singer/songwriter/producer would have turned 80 on April 2, 2019. Although all of the songs have been released in one form or another, this is the first time the entire project has been released as an album. Hear music from You're the Man on Soulsations, Sunday night at 6 on KMUW.

Sunday, April 7

Acoustic guitarist and Chicago-based gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds won big at the recent Stellar Gospel Music Awards. McReynolds won artist of the year and his song “Not Lucky” from his latest album Make Room was named song of the year. He also took home honors for best contemporary male vocalist, contemporary CD, and producer of the year. Jonathan shares the inspiration behind his music on Soulsations, Sunday night at 6 p.m. on KMUW.

Ron T. Young

Sunday, March 31

Sunday on Soulsations, hear the 12-time Grammy-nominated vocal powerhouse Ledisi. She’s considered one of the best soul singers of her generation and has performed eight times at the White House. The songstress, who turned 47 on March 28, will tour this summer.

Sunday, March 24

British R&B artist Tony Momrelle has been described as one of the most powerful voices in UK Soul and has just released new music.  Momrelle says “'Rising Up' is a song about shaking off the old and embracing the new, letting go of things, situations and even people that may hold you back. It’s a song for the soul, a song of self-realization.” He’s also the featured vocalist on the recently released "Buttercup" by REEL people.

His second studio album is due out April 2019. Momrelle’s 20-plus year career includes performances with Chaka Kahn, Sade, Whitney Houston, Earth Wind & Fire and gospel group, Seven. 

 

Hear Tony Momrelle on Soulsations Sunday night at 6 on KMUW.

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Sunday, March 10 

Reel People are back with their new album Retroflection. The band has produced a collective recreation of 12 soul classics. Hear tunes from R&B vocalists Angie Stone and Anthony David.

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