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62 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Rickey Minor Is Quite Major Actually
"You may have weeded out some good but the great was your calling." "Staying centered is where the magic is". "What you seek is seeking you." These are but a few of the truths shared by renowned bass player/producer/composer/music director Rickey Minor. And there were many more "amen corner" moments throughout his chat with Kirk. But first understand who this man is. Bandleader for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Musical Director for mega tours with Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston (among others!). Musical Director for The Grammys, NAACP Awards, the Super Bowl. Two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Musical Direction. Now that you're enlightened, pull up a seat and soak up this light and wisdom. Phenomenal conversation!
61 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Isn't She Lovely?
You know how some people radiate beauty from within? Well that is singer-songwriter-actress Sheléa - a very lovely person inside and out with an even lovelier powerful voice. You may not know her but you do in fact know her. Have you seen her tribute to Whitney? Have you seen her as Dorinda Clark Cole? Have you heard her on any Stevie Wonder tracks? Or heard the theme song for the sitcom All of Us? Or the song I'll Never Let You Go from the movie Jumping the Broom? If not, check out Kirk's conversation with her then rush to get up to speed.
67 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
A Beautiful Mind
In this episode, Kirk and Pastor Davis discover their shared lived experiences as they talk about the importance of their grandmothers in their personal and spiritual development. But they also talk about how their respective sensibilities have evolved beyond merely emulating their elders and reflexive religion to a broader acceptance and understanding of Jesus, Christianity and, yes, humanity. AND of course they talk about music as Pastor Davis is a fan of the old school mainstays like Willie Hutch and Bobby Womack. You absolutely must hear him unpack the melody of Stevie Wonder's Isn't She Lovely. Tune in and treat yourself!
56 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
The Summer Horns!
On this episode of Humans Being, Kirk talks music, life and world views with his Summer Horns tour mates - Dave Koz, Mindy Abair and Vincent Ingala. They will be touring into September so be sure to check Kirk's website and social media for dates!
55 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
When The Stars Align
Kirk relishes the opportunity to "nerd out" with cosmologist and astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi. He talks to Kirk about this somewhat transient childhood, traversing the country before settling in Mississippi. Hakeem shares his story of how went from the hood to high school valedictorian to Stanford. And of course they take a deep dive into his book, A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars. Bonus -- Kirk fans out just a little bit!
55 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
Being April Ryan
It ain't easy being April Ryan! But she walks with the angels and ancestors at her back, gratitude in her heart and faith in her soul. She talks to Kirk about her career as a journalist in the White House Press Corps, her daughters, her former life as a disc jockey at a jazz station, her love of gospel music and much more. Pull up for another really cool episode of Humans Being!
72 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Happy Birthday Kirk! The Man of The Hour With Mama, Manna House and Music
In this Birthday episode of Humans Being Kirk celebrates his birthday with some very special guests, people and places that are near and dear to him. Pete Gathje from Manna House, Elaine Turner from Slave Haven museum and his mom all join the show! But wait! There's also video with some special surprises for Kirk. Stay tuned in to our social media channels to check it out!
66 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
A Word With Jamal Bryant
Jamal Bryant stopped by and gave us a Word without even trying. It was a Sunday Word for whatever day of the week you listen to this. He and Kirk talk about embracing the LGBT community and rejecting "heterosupremacy," Morehouse, how COVID changed his ministry and the difference between preaching and pastoring.
57 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
You Brought The Sunshine
Kirk talks with Avery Sunshine about her gospel roots, the genesis of her career and her stage name, her grandmama, her influence and his own family, her self acceptance, Southern roots and music. So many rays of sunshine (pun intended) and gems packed into a short time. (Stay tuned for part 2!) Enjoy!
65 minutes | May 27, 2021
Love, Peace, Soul and Joy Unspeakable
Kirk is joined by singer-songwriter-musician Jonathan Butler. They're talking music, the genesis of their relationship, South Africa and global politics. Very enlightening and inspiring. So much joy in the (virtual) building!
55 minutes | May 18, 2021
Growing Up In Soul
Kirk Whalum sits down with hip hop artist Al Kapone and Jazz artist Kandace Springs to talk life, music, spirituality and more in this episode of Humans Being. Hear more about their careers in music, motivation behind their craft, and more. Make sure to catch the latest episodes of Humans Being with Kirk Whalum at kudzukian.com, the Kudzukian App, or your favorite podcast provider.
54 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Stomping In High Cotton
Kirk Whalum sits down with Jonathan Capehart, renowned journalist to talk politics, music, religion and more in this inaugural episode of Humans Being. Hear more about their world travels, navigating new languages, plus we get their initial reactions to the Derek Chauvin verdict from the George Floyd case. Make sure to catch the latest episodes of Humans Being with Kirk Whalum at kudzukian.com, the Kudzukian App, or your favorite podcast provider.
21 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
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