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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10:41 am
Tue July 15, 2014

R&B, Funk Group The Bar-Kays Celebrates 50 Years On Soulsations

Sunday, July 20:

Hear music from R&B and funk group the Bar-Kays. The band celebrates 50 years in the music industry.  The Bar-Kays performed at the White House last year in a “Memphis Soul” concert.  The group is also part of the 2014 Master's of Funk World Tour.  

Web Extra: The Bar-Kays perform "Shine" on the set of Soul Train.

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11:29 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Soulsations Sunday features new music from jazz funk band Afro Elements

Sunday, July 13

Hear new music by Afro Elements.  The jazz funk band's sophomore project, Out of the Centre, features a large brass section and two new vocalists. The album also features as it’s special guest musician Barry Finnerty, the former guitarist for many legendary artists, including The Crusaders.

Web extra: Preview Afro Elements' new album Out of the Centre with the featured video.

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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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