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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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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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"

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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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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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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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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Easter Sunday, April 20: 

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

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.

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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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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