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, April 22

Sunday on Soulsations, join us for an hour of Earth Wind & Fire music. The legendary R&B and funk band, which has sold more than 90 million records, continues to tour including a stint in Las Vegas in May. Hear their engaging music plus a short interview with a super EWF fan, who recounts an unexpected encounter with lead vocalist and percussionist, Philip Bailey.

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Sunday, April 15

Sunday on Soulsations hear new music from the Temptations.  The legendary group has recorded their first album in eight years called All The Time. The release date worldwide is May 4th. The album includes a mixture of  cover versions of songs by Sam Smith, Bruno Mars, John Mayer, Maxwell, Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, and The Weeknd, and three new original Temptations songs.

Here's a preview of why you should tune in to Soulsations this Easter Sunday!

Enjoy this phenomenal gospel tune from spectacular soprano,  L’Tanya Moore-Copeland:

Sunday, April 1

Hear a mix of classic gospel tunes including "Oh Happy Day" by Edwin Hawkins, recorded nearly 40 years ago, and contemporary gospel music on Easter Sunday.

Sunday, March 25

Coming up on Soulsations, hear music from Jazz/Soul Artist George Benson.  On March 22, 2018, the legendary guitarist and singer turned 75! His music career spans over half a decade.  Benson's upcoming tour schedule includes performing at the Jazz Heritage Fest in New Orleans in April and the Hollywood Bowl this Summer. During an NPR interview, the Grammy award winning vocalist talks about the viability of music:

"If you put something on that record that people want to hear, they'll buy it," Benson says. "So I never gave up on that idea, that jazz musicians have the same opportunity as everybody else. And it's what you put on that record that makes the difference, whether you sell it or not, or are able to get it into people's households."

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Sunday, March 18

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from Jody Watley. She’s known as the original female lead vocalist for the group Shalamar on soul classics “Take That To The Bank” and “A Night To Remember.” Watley was featured on dance TV show Soul Train in the 70s. She been named one of America’s 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine and one of the Greatest Dance Club Artists of All Time by Billboard Magazine in 2016. Jody Watley is also an award winning songwriter with BMI. Hear her new single, “Waiting In Vain,” on Soulsations, Sunday night at 6 on KMUW 89.1FM.

Sunday, March 4

Sunday on Soulsations, the soulful sounds of contemporary gospel artist Anita Wilson. The Grammy nominee’s latest release is Sunday Songs. After participating in back up singing for Donald Lawrence & Company, Wilson stepped out on her own as a solo artist in 2011.  She’s known for several engaging songs including the heartfelt ballad “Speechless.” Wilson will be part of the Arise! Gospel Celebration taking place in Wichita at St. Mark UMC on Sunday March 10th. The concert will also  feature Zacardi Cortez and Wichita’s own Natalie Rolfe & Friends.

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Sunday, February 25

Sunday on Soulsations, inspirational sounds from contemporary gospel artist Jermaine Dolly. For years Dolly has been a back up vocalist for gospel great, Tye Tribett. The Philadelphia native is pursing a solo career with his 2017 debut release, The Dolly Express. 

 Sunday, February 18

Sunday on Soulsations we remember Dennis Edwards, a lead singer for the Temptations. The 74-year-old Motown Great, known for his gritty electric vocals, died February 1st. A memorial service will be held in Detroit on Saturday, February 17th. Hear Temptations music on Soulsations Sunday night at 6 on KMUW.

Sunday, February 4

Sunday on Soulsations singer/songwriter, producer PJ Morton.  He’s a keyboardist for the band Maroon 5.  He also has gospel roots, singing and producing music with his father Bishop Paul S. Morton.  The New Orleans native’s debut solo release, Gumbo, garnered him 2018 Grammy nominations for Best R&B album and for best R&B song "First Began." 

PJ Morton’s take on hip-hop, R&B, urban music…

"I just think it's very important music. It's music that we feel very deeply, and I think people are in need of connection right now. We want to fill each other right now because the world is a bit crazy. And I think it's music that goes straight to the heart. I think that's why it's called Soul music at the root of it, because it gets straight to your soul. And that's whether we're partying or we're saying something serious. I think anytime we do that, it comes from a real place, and I think that's needed today."

PJ Morton on NPR’s All Things Considered — interview aired January 28, 2018

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