It's hard to find soul in music nowadays on the radio. It's even harder to find any light of positivity or heartfelt music in the midst of a grotesque presidential election and a city mourning senseless tragedy. But if you look hard enough, and if you wake up early enough you will hear the upbeat sounds of Sunrise Soul on hosted by Nina. Sunrise Soul is a radio show that comes on every Wednesday Morning from 7 AM- 9 AM on WPRK Orlando, Florida. The name of the show says it all. Every Wednesday you can wake up to the smooth sounds and meticulous playlist from Miss Nina herself. She is not only the host of Sunrise Soul, she is also the weather-woman, your mediator, your guide for the week, your confidant, your new best friend and the ultimate soul guru.
I stumbled upon Sunrise Soul one morning on my hour long commute to work. As I was scanning the radio, I heard something unusual...
A smooth beat? But it's not gospel.
A sexy lyric? But it's not JT.
This was some soul music. I figured it was a jazz station trying to mix it up, but the genre remained constant and it just kept evolving... I was groovin! I was relaxing. I was singing along to Stevie and Earth Wind and Fire, and nearly causing accidents trying to Shazaam songs I had never heard before.
I parked my car and the music stopped. It was 9 AM and the show had ended. Unfortunately, I had arrived at work to embrace another day with a boss more clueless than Michael Scott. As I was about to let out my usual Dunder Mifflin sigh of despair, it surprisingly came out as a sigh of relief. I had nearly forgotten about all the remedial tasks that lay ahead of my work week that I actually felt motivated to the week's humpiest day... All thanks to Sunrise Soul.
We had the honor to sit down with Nina and discuss her inspiration for the show, the power of music and what Soul means to Orlando. At the wake of the Pulse massacre in Orlando, Nina utilized her show to bring hope, light and comfort to a city in disbelief. It's amazing what a little soul music and a few positive words can do to make an impact on someone's day or life.
For more information on Sunrise Soul follow Nina @SunriseSoulNina
Tune in every Wednesday to 91.5 WPRK 7AM-9AM