Soulsations

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. Join Carla Eckels Sunday evenings for an hour of pure musical enjoyment.

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Sunday, July 5

You now have two opportunities to catch Soulsations; Sundays at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

This Sunday, legendary recording artist Chris Jasper reminds us to “Show Somebody Love.” The single is from the singer/songwriter’s latest album, Dance With You.

Jasper is a former member of the Isley Brothers and the Isley-Jasper-Isley trio. Dance With You is the Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer's 15th solo album.

Sunday, June 28

“We’re In This Love Together,” Sunday at 6 p.m. on Soulsations. Tune in for an encore presentation featuring the music of Al Jarreau. The 7-time Grammy Award-winner has the exclusive distinction of receiving the award in three categories: R&B, Pop, and Jazz. The legendary singer would have turned 80 this year.

Courtesy Mascot Label Group

Sunday, June 2

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from legendary guitarist and vocalist George Benson. The Grammy Award-winner offers an inspired version of Donny Hathaway's "The Ghetto." The new track is part of a performance recorded in 2019 at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, an intimate, 250-seat venue in London. The upcoming release, Weekend In London, is due out in November. Benson has been recognized as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment of the Arts, seen as the nation's highest honor in jazz. 

Carla Eckels / KMUW

Sunday, June 14 

This Sunday on Soulsations, we continue with our theme of socially conscious songs and gospel tunes that uplift the spirit. We’ll also hear from demonstrators at a recent Black Lives Matter rally in Wichita. Be sure to stay with us following Soulsations, as we air a special national program celebrating music from the Civil Rights Movement. That’s right after Soulsations wraps up at 7 p.m.

The Music of the Civil Rights and Black Consciousness Movements is a two-hour special production from the African-American Public Radio Consortium. The program weaves together over 60 songs with narrative of events and voice clips of history makers and historians. Host Esther Armah is an award-winning radio host and international journalist. Featured artists include:

  • Nina Simone
  • James Brown
  • John Coltrane
  • Bob Dylan
  • Sly Stone
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Sam Cooke
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Aretha Franklin

Courtesy of the artist.

Sunday, June 7

Sunday on Soulsations it’s an hour of R&B, gospel, and socially conscious tunes. Hear the inspiring sounds of Sweet Honey in The Rock, the Staple Singers, Marvin Gaye, The Impression, and Wichita's own gospel ensemble TRU. Plus, I talk with AhSa-Ti Nu about her empowering song “My Pharaoh.”

Sunday, May 31

Sunday on Soulsations, we wrap up the month of May with socially conscious songs, including “You Haven’t Done Nothin'" by musical genius Stevie Wonder. When asked about the tune, the Motown legend is quoted as saying "The best way to get an important and heavy message across is to wrap it up nicely. It’s better to try and level out the weight of the lyrics by making the melody lighter.”  We’ll also feature other expressive songs by Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, Marvin Gaye and The Isley Brothers. Plus, R&B artist Stokley talks about his socially conscious song, "We Me."

Sunday, May 24

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music by John Legend.  The singer/songwriter and judge on ABC’s The Voice is scheduled to release his 7th studio album on June 19. Here’s the video of the title track, “Bigger Love.” It includes people from around the world who submitted video of themselves practicing social distancing, dancing and sharing love during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This video was made to celebrate our shared love, hope and resilience,” Legend stated in a press release. Raphael Saadiq is the executive producer of the project.

Courtesy Victoria Theodore

Sunday, May 10 

Legendary music icon Stevie Wonder turns 70 on May 13th! Join us this Sunday on Soulsations for an hour-long celebration of Stevie Wonder and his music. We'll hear what its like to work with the music legend from Victoria Theodore, Wonder's former keyboardist and background singer. Theodore, a pianist, composer and producer, also worked with Beyonce on the 2016 Formation World Tour and Posse 2.0 during the 2013 Arsenio Hall Show.

Sunday, May 3

Hear new music from Kem, this Sunday on Soulsations. “Lie to Me” is the first release in six years from the soulful Motown artist.  Kem co-wrote the new single with Anthony Hamilton, Salaam Remi and James Poyser.  

In a Billboard article, the recent newlywed shares that he sat on the song for three years before putting his pen to it. "’Lie to Me’ is about not holding back from the ones we love." The three-time Grammy-nominee adds, "It's about being transparent, not trying to put a selfie filter on the truth about ourselves." 

Courtesy of The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center

Sunday, April 26

The funk is here, Sunday on Soulsations! Join us for 70's funk bands from the Dayton, Ohio area. Hear old school jams from The Ohio Players, Heatwave, Lakeside, Slave, Faze-O, Sun and Roger Troutman, and Zapp. Plus, host Carla Eckels has a conversation with David Webb, Founder and CEO of Dayton's Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center.

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