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.

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, November 8

Soulsations remembers legendary gospel artist Bishop Rance Allen. The singer, described as a “titan in contemporary gospel music,” died October 31 at the age of 71. We’ll feature uplifting music from The Rance Allen Group and a memorable vintage tune by Allen while at Stax Records. Plus, this week’s DoubleTake features the sounds of hitmakers from Motown — Gladys Knight and The Pips as well as Marvin Gaye with “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” 

Sunday, October 1

Soulful sounds this Sunday from Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, father and son duo Eddie & Gerald Levert, and the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. We'll also hear the latest tunes from vocalist Lynne Fiddmont and MF Robots, as well as uplifting contemporary gospel music from legendary singer Marvin Winans.  Plus this week’s DoubleTake comes from the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and Grammy-winning  jazz bassist, Esperanza Spaulding.   

Here's "I Got The Feelin'" from James Brown:

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Sunday, October 25

Listen closely to the 2013 box set of Sly and The Family Stone's Higher! and you'll hear Wichita's own Rudy Love on the majority of the cuts. Rudy says that Sly congratulated him on his nerve to have attitude: "He liked that about me so then he let me do quite a few more vocals." Rudy's "funkumentary" This Is Love is out now on DVD.

Also on this episode of Soulsations, we'll hear the sounds of Prince, a classic from the Spinners, and brand new gospel music from the fabulous Clark Sisters. Plus, this week's DoubleTake suggestion comes from a Soulsations listener in Oklahoma City. A longtime Luther Vandross fan, Jan chose the signature tune "A House Is Not A Home" from his 1981 debut album Never Too Much. We'll also hear a version by Ruben Studdard (of American Idol fame) from his 2018 tribute album Ruben Sings Luther.

Sunday, October 18

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music by R&B singer/songwriter and producer Kevin Ross and Grammy award-winning singer Chrisette Michele. Also, the engaging sounds of Pleasure, Tower of Power, and a gospel tune from Kansas City's own Oleta Adams. This week's DoubleTake features the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin singing the 1968 classic "Chain of Fools." We’ll follow that up with a cover from R&B powerhouse Fantasia, who brings her "A" game.

Sunday, October 11

Sunday on Soulsations, it’s brand new music from Johnny Britt featuring soul singer Eric Robinson. We’ll also hear soulful tunes from Marvin Gaye and The Emotions and uplifting gospel sounds from Mary Mary. And this week’s DoubleTake features the 1971 song “Let’s Stay Together”.  The timeless classic was written by legendary singer Al Green in less than 5 minutes.

Sunday, October 4

"Rock Steady" with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, on Soulsations. We'll also hear tunes from the Average White Band, Brand New Heavies and Anita Baker, and engaging contemporary gospel music from Tim Bowman, nephew of gospel great Vicki Winans.

Sunday, September 27

Powerhouse singer Chaka Khan recorded this hit first as part of her 1978 debut solo release. More than a decade later, Whitney Houston—one of the best-selling recording artists of all time—recorded her version for the soundtrack of the 1992 film The Bodyguard, giving a nod to her predecessor at the end of the song. Hear “I’m Every Woman” on this week’s DoubleTake. We’ll also hear a classic from the legendary husband and wife duo Ashford & Simpson who wrote “I’m Every Woman,” and we’ll remember Pamela Hutchinson from the R&B group The Emotions.  The “Best of My Love” singer died recently at the age of 61.

Sunday, September 20

Hear a new live recording, Weekend In London,  from legendary jazz guitarist George Benson this Sunday on Soulsations. His music career spans six decades and he’s still bringing down the house. We’ll also hear new big band gospel from Donnie McClurkin, and another installment of DoubleTake. This week, Wichita’s Lu Stephens shares her preference between two versions of one of her favorite songs, “On Broadway” by The Drifters and George Benson. 

Sunday, September 13

On this week's DoubleTake, it's a '70s jam that makes Soulsations listener Tara Jones 'feel fine.' Hear two versions of "Summer Breeze," one from Seals and Crofts and the other by The Isley Brothers, this Sunday on Soulsations. Plus, we'll hear new music from Grammy-winning artist PJ Morton.

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Sunday, September 6

This Sunday on Soulsations, hear a new single by the Grammy-nominated artist Maysa. Based in Baltimore, the jazz and soul singer/songwriter has sang back-up in Stevie Wonder's vocal group Wonderlove. She's celebrating her 25th year as a solo artist with a new single titled "Lovin' You Is Easy."

Maysa has also created her very own record label, Blue Velvet Soul Records, where she is working on a new album. "I am so proud to release this album myself and for the first time in my life I will own my masters, so I will do everything in my power to make this album my masterpiece," Maysa states on her website.

Here's the official lyric video for "Lovin' You Is Easy" from Maysa's upcoming album, Music For Your Soul

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