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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, Feb. 16

In the spotlight: R&B legend Roberta Flack's interpretive album of Beatles' classics, Let It Be.  The classically trained pianist and four-time Grammy winner released the album in 2012.

Sunday, Feb. 9

Valentine's love songs including Wichita's own Rudy Love and the Love Family.  Bob Love explains the background behind their signature tune, "This Song is for You". Plus, the soulful sounds of Patti Labelle and Luther Vandross.

This week, we shine the spotlight on Natalie "The Floacist" Stewart's sophomore release, Floetry Re:Birth. "Floetry" is a mix of poetry and spoken word put to music. You'll find the album-opener, "Start Again", featuring Raheem DeVaughn, reminiscent of 1970's Marvin Gaye.

Hear inspiring gospel music from Tamela Mann. The singer/actress won seven awards including artist of the year at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards in Nashville last weekend. Mann also won female vocalist and CD of the year for "Best Days."  

"Message Music" from the Ojays during this MLK Holiday weekend, the 1975 "Give The People What They Want", written by Gamble and Huff. The Philadelphia production/songwriting duo is known for their socially uplifting messages in their songs.

Hear the soulful sounds of Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack, one of the 1970s most successful musical collaborations. The first-ever domestic 4 CD box set of Hathaway's work, Never My Love: The Anthology was recently released.  

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2013 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

Join KMUW's music hosts throughout January on Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train, Crossroads, Soulsations and Straight No Chaser for a month-long feature of the Best of 2013. See individual show pages for more information on upcoming shows and to listen to past shows through the streaming archive.

Best of 2013 lists:

1. Grace and Mercy -- Jonathan Butler

2. I Blame You -- Ledisi

3. Jesus -- Kem ft. Patti Labelle and Ronald Isley

4. Oye Como Va -- Natalie Cole ft. Arthur Hanlon

5. My Promise -- Earth, Wind & Fire

6. Where is the Love? -- Phil Perry ft. Chante Moore

7. Happy -- Pharrell Williams

8. Just Do You -- India Arie

9. Musik -- Eric Benet

10. We Worship You -- Fred Hammond-United Tenors

Sunday on Soulsations, we'll listen back to the Soulsations' top soul and gospel releases of 2013, including Jonathan Butler, Ledisi and Earth Wind & Fire.

Hear new music from South African guitarist Jonathan Butler. It's his first holiday album.  Plus "Hallelujah!"  a 1992 song Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration with various R&B, jazz and gospel artists, conducted by Quincy Jones.  And Christmas music from Bootsy Collins, KEM, The Temptations and Donald Lawrence and the Tri City Singers.