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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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

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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Gospel/ R&B
1:25 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fan favorites from The Jacksons, Tamela Mann this week on Soulsations

The Jacksons: (left to right) Marlon, Tito, Jackie, Jermaine

Sunday April 13 on Soulsations:

Hear music from American music royalty, The Jacksons.  The brothers, Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon have been performing in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. They're expected to release a new album soon, their first since 1989.

The family act, unparalleled in pop culture history, began their ascension to stardom in 1969 as the Jackson 5. Brother and music icon, Michael, was the lead singer on their Motown debut single "I Want You Back," which sold 2-million copies in six weeks.

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Gospel/ R&B
3:04 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Soulsations this week: Christopher Williams' first release in over 10 years, Women in Soul on PBS

Christopher Williams' latest release, Sunday at 6 p.m.

Soulsations, Sunday, April 6: R&B singer-songwriter and actor Christopher Williams is back.

It’s been more than a decade since Williams’ last release Real Men Do.  The balladeer, who is the nephew of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald, returns with the soulful new single, Not Conditional.   Plus, new gospel music from Mary Mary songstress, Erica Campbell.

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Gospel / R&B
3:47 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

This week on Soulsations: The classic R&B duo of McFadden & Whitehead

The self-titled McFadden and Whitehead album featured the duo's best-selling single, 'Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now'.
Credit Single Cover Art

Sunday, March 30, 2014:

Hear music by Philadelphia soul duo McFadden & Whitehead. The artists, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, are most widely known for their 1979 signature song, "Ain't No Stopping Us Now." As writers, they wrote and produced The O'Jays' million-selling single, "Back Stabbers." The two are also creatively behind nearly all of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes' album Wake Up Everybody and penned that group's U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart No.1 single, "Bad Luck." 

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9:59 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Grammy Award Winning Gospel Singer/Songwriter Israel Houghton


Sunday, March 23:

Sunday on Soulsations, hear music from gospel singer/songwriter Israel Houghton.  The Grammy award winning artist is the worship leader at Lakewood Church  in Houston, Texas.  Lakewood Church is the largest congregation in the United States. 

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Gospel / R&B
4:20 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Chart-Topping Composer, Producer, and Sideman, Ray Parker, Jr.

2009: Parker performing in Montreal
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Sunday, March 16:

Sunday on Soulsations, music from guitarist and producer Ray Parker, Jr.  Parker was the front man for the soul band Raydio and as a successful session musician, Parker played guitar on Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book Project and Marvin Gaye’s I Want You album. He also co-wrote and recorded the theme song for the 1984 Ghostbusters movie. The Detroit-native’s career was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he's expected to release a new album this summer. 

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Gospel / R&B
4:50 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Worship Leader and Grammy-Nominated Vocalist Anita Wilson

Ms. Anita Wilson is known for her dynamic brand of gospel vocals, described as a mixture of the Chicago Sound and Worship Soul
Credit Chandler West/Sun-Times

Sunday, March 9 2014:

Gospel artist Anita Wilson has released the single "That's What He's Done For Me" from her forthcoming sophomore project, Vintage Worship. Drawn to music and singing at an early age, the east St. Louis native developed a vocal style that merged traditional gospel with jazz, pop and R&B.

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Gospel / R&B
2:01 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Child Broadway Star Who Grew Into A Grammy-Winning Soulstress, Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills
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Sunday, Mar. 2 2014:

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gospel, R&B
1:01 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Reuben Studdard: The American Idol, Now 120 Pounds Lighter, Releases Sixth Solo Album

Studdard performing post-weight loss
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Sunday, Feb. 23 2014

We'll hear from 2003 American Idol winner Reuben Studdard. He's just released his sixth solo album, Unconditonal Love. Studdard, affectionately dubbed the “Velvet Teddy Bear” by legendary soul singer Gladys Knight, recently shed 120 pounds during NBC's Biggest Loser 15 weight loss competition.

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3:22 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

An R&B Take on The Beatles

Roberta Flack - Let It Be

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.

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