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, 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.

Sunday, March 3

 

Hear the soulful sounds of gospel artist Gene Moore. Recognized for his smooth tenor vocals, this preacher’s kid has worked as a backup singer with the likes of India.Arie, Kim Burrell and Kirk Franklin. His latest release is The Future. Moore says he loves spreading the message of hope and love.  Hear Gene Moore on Soulsations, Sunday night at 6 p.m. on KMUW.

Here's Gene Moore with a cover of  "Summer Soft" from Stevie Wonder’s classic album, Songs in the Key of Life:

 

 

Sunday, February 24

Hear new music from history-making contemporary gospel artist Kirk Franklin. He’s sold over 10 million records worldwide and is still going strong. The 12-time Grammy winner, musician, songwriter, producer and choir director has a new single out called “Love Theory.” Franklin also plans to host what called the “biggest night in gospel music,” the 34th annual Stellar Awards, in Las Vegas on March 29. Join us for Soulsations Sunday night at 6 p.m. on KMUW.

 Here’s the official music video for Kirk Franklin’s new single “Love Theory:”

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Sunday, February 17

It's been 12 years since the Queen of Funk created a new album. Legendary vocalist Chaka Khan just released a project called Hello Happiness. Khan's been in the music industry for nearly five decades. She'll tour this spring and there's a documentary in the works about her career. Hear music from Chaka Khan on Soulsations, Sunday night at 6 p.m. on KMUW.

Sunday, February 10

Coming up on Soulsations, it’s an hour of love songs as we move closer to Valentine’s Day.  Also, R&B singer-songwriter Howard Hewett talks about his experience co-writing one of his signature songs, "This Is for the Lover In You," as lead vocalist for the trio Shalamar.

Sunday, February 3

R&B artist James Ingram is known for such songs as "Just Once," "One Hundred Ways" and "Yah Mo Be There." Ingram died January 29, 2019 reportedly from brain cancer. The legendary vocalist was 66 years old. Hear music from the two-time Grammy winner, plus new tunes and conversation with gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds. The Chicago-based acoustic guitarist talks about his Grammy nominated album and his new book by the same name, Make Room.  McReynolds and gospel artist Wess Morgan will be in concert February 9 at the Burford Theatre in Arkansas City, Kansas.

Here's the music video for "Not Lucky, I'm Loved" from Jonathan McReynold's album Make Room:

Sunday, January 27  

R&B artist Deniece Williams is known for her 1976 signature song "Free," produced by Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White. Now, more than 40 years later, jazz guitarist Norman Brown features Williams singing the classic on his new release The Highest Act of Love. Hear both versions on Soulsations, Sunday at 6 p.m. on KMUW.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 21. Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train and Soulsations are celebrating the life of the civil rights icon with music features leading up to and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Sunday, January 20

Tonight on Soulsations we'll hear inspirational music from pastor Marvin Winans, member of the musical Winans Family. Winans founded Perfecting Church in Detroit, MI in 1989 along with a school, the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts, in 1997. The multiple Grammy award-winning artist has recorded several albums with his brothers since the early 80s. In 2012 he preached the eulogy at mega-star Whitney Houston’s funeral in New Jersey. Bishop-elect Marvin Winans will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Wichita Ministerial League’s Martin Luther King, Jr. event on Monday, January 21, 2019 at the WSU Metroplex at noon.

Sunday, January 13  

Hear funky tunes by funk bassist, William “Bootsy” Collins on Soulsations. Bootsy announces his retirement from live performances in a Facebook post:

"Time has come for Me to tell all our Funkateers that I will Not be Playing Bass in Concerts anymore. I have decided to become a Coach for up & coming Musicians. I know u r Disappointed just think for a moment how I feel. Doc said to much pressure on my Inner-Ear & Right Hand. Yeah, I had to make up my Mind so I did. 2019 Sheriff Ping Ping Ping will continue to Funk from the Studio but Not Live playing Bass on Stage. I know u got question & I don't have answers, maybe one day u to will understand. Just remember; That This Year will be the Funkiest Year of them All. Watch for it. Bootsy baby!!!"

The Rock-N-Roll Hall-of-Famer has enjoyed nearly 5 decades of playing music as part of the JB’s, a backing band for the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Collins was a long time fixture as part of Parliament-Funkadelic plus played in his own group Bootsy’s Rubber Band. 

https://www.facebook.com/BootsyCollins/photos/a.453228512348/10156687495377349/?type=3&theater 

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