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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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.

Hear Christmas duets from Wichita's own, Tony-nominated Karla Burns and tenor Earnest Alexander. The Broadway singer/actress  is set to receive a proclamation from the city of Wichita announcing Karla Burns Week during a city council meeting on December 17th.  Plus, new music from legendary songstress Gladys Knight. Another Journey is her first album in six years. 

What's On: December 8

Dec 3, 2013

Soulful Christmas music from Luther Vandross, Bryan Wilson and Gladys Knight and the Pips and a remix of a Jackson 5 classic.

What's On: December 1

Nov 27, 2013

Hear music from Wichita gospel group, the Dennis Family. For decades, the nine brothers and sisters have hosted a much anticipated free Christmas concert singing various gospel and Christmas music with great harmony and joy. The Dennis Family 30th Annual Christmas Concert, Rejoice!, will be held on Sunday, December 1st at Wichita's Tabernacle Bible Church at 6 pm.  

What's On: November 24

Nov 19, 2013

Hear brand new music from the holiday movie soundtrack, Black Nativity. Raphael Saadiq is the executive music producer. The cast of the film includes Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jacob Latimore, Jennifer Hudson and more. The movie, in theaters November 27, is based on Langston Hughes' celebrated play, Thanksgiving. 

Here's an interview with Saadiq discussing the music behind the film:

What's On: November 17

Nov 12, 2013

Hear music from singer, rapper and producer, Pharrell Williams. The 40-year-old contributed three original songs to the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, including the upbeat “Happy." Williams won a Soul Train Award, November 10th. He’s also been tapped to co-compose the forthcoming 2014 film The Amazing Spider-Man 2. 

Watch the official lyric video of "Happy" here:

Hear new music from R&B artist, Ledisi. The single, “I Blame You,” is a positive song about relationships. It’s from her forthcoming album “The Truth," to be released in February 2014. The Grammy-nominated artist started her singing career at age 8 with the New Orleans Symphony. Ledisi performed the song for the first time live on BET’s "Black Girls Rock!" November 3.

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