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 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

Sunday, January 28

Sunday on Soulsations, we remember legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela. He passed away in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the age of 78.  The trumpeter's global hit "Grazing In The Grass" was released 50 years ago. Masekela produced more than 40 albums. He is known for his song that’s considered the anti-apartheid anthem, "Bring Home Nelson Mandela," recorded in 1986. Masekela returned to South Africa after Mandela’s release in 1990.

Sunday, January 21

Sunday on Soulsations we remember gospel music icon Edwin Hawkins. He died Monday at the age of 74. Hawkins is widely-known for his arrangement of the hymn “Oh Happy Day.” The song, recorded by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, became an international hit in 1969.

Sunday, January 14

Sunday on Soulsations new soul/funk music from Mr Jukes. 

Sunday, December 31

We end the year with music from an artist considered one of the most exciting and critically acclaimed performers of our time. Hear an encore broadcast featuring tunes from jazz soul artist Al Jarreau. The 76-year-old 7 time Grammy-winner died on February 12, 2017.  We’ll also feature music from award winning gospel artist Tamela Mann who received her first Grammy this year at the age of 50.  

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