Soulsations

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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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10:13 am
Tue June 10, 2014

The return of the S.O.S. Band on Soulsations Sunday

The S.O.S. Band returns with "Just Get Ready"

Sunday June 15, 2014

Sunday on Soulsations hear funky music from the S.O.S. Band. This American R&B and electro-funk group rose to popularity in the 1980s, and are known for their first hit single "Take Your Time (Do It Right)."

The group also worked with the phenomenal duo, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis in the 80s.  Jam & Lewis have more number ones than any other songwriting and production team in history.  The S.O.S. Band is currently working on a 2014 release.

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3:14 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Soulsations Sunday honors Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross remembered on Soulsations
Credit Platon Official Photo

Sunday June 8, 2014

Sunday on Soulsations, hear songs from the unforgettable voice of Luther Vandross.  The music master was honored posthumously with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 3, 2014.  Vandross is ranked 54 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and was included as one of NPR's 50 Great Voices in 2010.

Web extra: Luther Vandross performs "A House Is Not A Home" live at the NAACP Image Awards in 1988.

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11:39 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Soulsations Sunday: Solo project from Chanel of Trin-i-tee 5:7 and the Riverfest Gospel Concert

Trin-i-tee 5:7's Chanel

Sunday, June 1

Hear music from Chanel.  She's one-half of the Dove Award winning duo Trin-i-tee 5:7.  The smoky alto recently released her first solo gospel project.

Also listen for the latest news on national and local artists featured at the Wichita Riverfest Gospel concert set for Monday, June 2nd.  2013 Grammy award nominee Tamela Mann will be part of the lineup. 

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11:24 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Soulsations Sunday: New music from Michael Jackson, remembering Jessica Cleaves

Jackson's recently released album Xscape
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Sunday May 25, 2014

Hear music from Michael Jackson's posthumous album Xscape.  The May release features songs the pop icon recorded from 1983 to 1999.

Soulsations also remembers soul singer Jessica Cleaves, the lead singer for the late 60s, early 70s group Friends of Distinction.  Cleaves later played with Earth, Wind & Fire as well as funk master George Clinton. 

Web extra: Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good"

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Gospel/ R&B
1:49 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Soulsations Sunday: Wichita's all-female soul quartet, TRU

The women of TRU on-air and in-person at local church May 18.

May 18, 2014

Sunday on Soulsations: the harmonious sounds of gospel artists, TRU.  The Wichita-based, all-female group is releasing their first album. Though contemporary, the quartet has not forgotten their traditional roots, which they deliver with a unique flavor. 

TRU members are alto Marie Moon, soprano Carol Cole, tenor Alisha Baldwin, and alto Rachel Robertson. On Sunday, May 18, at Central Community Church in Wichita, TRU will share songs from their inaugural CD, Thank You.

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gospel/ r&b
2:07 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Soulsations Sunday: A birthday tribute to Stevie Wonder (plus web extras)

The most highly awarded male solo artist in history, Stevie Wonder, turns 64 next week.
Credit Number Ones album cover art

May 13th marks the birthday of Motown legend, Stevie Wonder. On Sunday, May 11, tune in to hear the soulful sounds of this musical genius.

Wonder announced he will release two new albums in 2014: a collaborative album with legendary songwriter David Foster called When The World Began and the studio album, Ten Billion Hearts.  Wonder also plans to release a gospel album in honor of his mother Lula, who passed away in 2006.

Web extras: "Higher Ground" live circa 1973.

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Gospel/ R&B
5:47 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Sunday, May 4: Soulsations features hit '70s group the Dramatics

Vocal sextet the Dramatics, comprised of Rob Davis, Ron Banks, Larry Reed, Robert Ellington, Larry (Squirrel) Demps and Elbert Wilkens.
Credit Best of the Dramatics album cover art

Sunday, May 4: We've got music from the Dramatics on Soulsations tonight. The soul group, known for such hits as "Whatcha See is Whatcha Get" and "In the Rain" was inducted into the R&B Music Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 2013. Stax Records also recently released The Dramatics Greatest Slow Jams

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Gospel/ R&B
1:45 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Soulsations features Earth Wind & Fire, whose lead singer recently released his memoirs

Philip Bailey's memoir
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April 27: Sunday on Soulsations, we have music from the 2014 version of The Essential Earth Wind & Fire. Lead singer, Phillip Bailey, recently released his new book  Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth Wind and Fire. Bailey writes about life behind the scenes of one of the most storied bands in music history.

Web extra: EWF perform "Shining Star" live on Midnight Special circa 1975

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Gospel/ R&B
1:28 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Soulsations this week: an Easter Sunday Gospel celebration

Chicago-based gospel group, Malcolm Williams & Great Faith
Credit www.malcolmwilliams.com

Easter Sunday, April 20: 

Tune in for a celebration of the Gospel, including Malcolm Williams & Great Faith with "The Blood Still Works!"

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