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The Pulse looks back on a year of uplifting music and engaging conversation

Nate Smith on The Pulse

This year may have been wrought with challenges, but TGFGM (Thank God for Good Music... I just made that up)! The Pulse has been fortunate enough to serve as a source of healing and hope, thanks to the artists that have come through over the course of the lingering pandemic. Much of what musicians presented this year, in the spirit of collective care and concern for our shared experience, has had a curative component.

As we say farewell to 2021, here's a list of a few of the artists (in no particular order) that have come through The Pulse. Thank you for your offerings and for giving all of us hope during these uncertain times.

säje feat. Gerald Clayton, "Dusk Baby"

"Dusk Baby" // säje (featuring Gerald Clayton)

Here's säje on The Pulse.

Sounds of A&R, "They Keep Saying No"

They Keep Saying No (Official Video)

Here's SOAR on The Pulse. April May Webb, one half of the duo, placed second in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition this year! She visited us again along with this year's SVVC finalists.

Dara Tucker, "Someday We'll All Be Free"

Dara Tucker - Someday We'll All Be Free

Here is Dara Tucker on The Pulse.

The Baylor Project, "We Swing" feat. Dianne Reeves and Jazzmeia Horn

The Baylor Project- We Swing (The Cypher) ft. Jazzmeia Horn & Dianne Reeves

Check out The Baylor Project on The Pulse.

Aaron Myers, "Please Take Care of You for Me"

Please Take Care Of You For Me

Here's Aaron Myers on The Pulse.

Samara Joy, "Stardust"

'Stardust ' - Samara Joy - Whirlwind Sessions

Here's Samara Joy on The Pulse with the SVVC Finalists.

Bill Charlap Trio, "Out of Nowhere"

Bill Charlap Trio - Out Of Nowhere (Official Video)

Here's Bill Charlap on The Pulse.

China Moses & The Vibe Tribe, "Put It On the Line"

Put It On The Line - China Moses "& The Vibe Tribe" EP Dir. Adriano Vannini

Here's China Moses on The Pulse.

Ledisi, "Feeling Good"

Feeling Good

Ledisi on The Pulse.

Candice Hoyes, "Zora's Moon" Natasha Diggs Remix

Candice Hoyes - Zora's Moon Natasha Diggs REMIX Music Video

Candice released a banging remix of her single "Zora's Moon" produced by Natasha Diggs this year that has been climbing the House charts in the UK and beyond. Here's our chat from last year.

Marc Cary, "And It's Supposed to Be Love"

And It’s Supposed to be Love

Here's Marc Cary's moving interview on The Pulse.

Nate Smith,"Don't Let Me Get Away" feat. Stokley

Don't Let Me Get Away feat. Stokley

Here's our conversation on The Pulse.

Theo Croker, "Happy Feet" feat. Malaya

Theo Croker - Happy Feet (for dancers) (Official Video) ft. Malaya

Here's Theo Croker on The Pulse.

For more artists featured on The Pulse, check out the Spotify playlist.

Keanna Faircloth is a Washington, DC native and comes to WBGO getting her start on-air at WPFW 89.3 FM in 2003, most recently as the host of Late Night Jazz: The Continuum Experience. She is a graduate of Howard University having majored in Music History with a minor in Classical Piano. Keanna has written for NPR Music, and worked for Radio One as an on-air personality, producer and voice-over talent. She is also the creator and host of Artimacy Podcast, where she has interviewed artists like Wynton Marsalis, Matthew Whitaker, Jonathan Butler, and Dionne Warwick. As a result, she was recognized by Radio Ink Magazine as a 2019 African American leader in radio.