SiriusXM has launched their SiriusXM Celebrates Black History Month channels honoring Black artists in music, including tributes to Motown, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, and Miles Davis.
The limited-engagement channels will run throughout Black History Month on SiriusXM until March 1.
On the Aretha Franklin Channel, SiriusXM will pay homage to the expansive catalog of the ‘Queen of Soul’ and the artists who have been influenced by her musical contributions. The channel will appear under the Hip-Hop/R&B category on the SiriusXM app and will air on Channel 49 from February 15 through February 21.
From February 8 through February 14, listeners can tune in to Channel 27 for the Jimi Hendrix Experience Channel. Filed under the Rock category on the SiriusXM app, this Jimi Hendrix tribute will pull its audience into the musical world crafted by the legendary rock guitarist and singer. Through the use of study and live performances as well as demos and original programming, the channel will honor Hendrix’s deep influence on music and the use of the electric guitar, in addition to highlighting artists influenced and inspired by his work.
Miles Davis Radio will be available under SiriusXM’s Jazz/Standards category and on Channel 67 from February 22 through February 28. Honoring one of the most acclaimed figures in Jazz music’s history, Miles Davis Radio will showcase music from over 100 of the legendary musician’s albums. Davis’ alumni band members, including Marcus Miller, Lenny White, John Beasley, Joey DeFrancesco, and Vince Wilburn Jr., will make hosting appearances on the channel.
Celebrating the iconic record label behind some of the biggest names in music history through the crafting of Berry Gordy, The Motown Channel will feature music from Black artists who changed music forever. The lineup includes music from Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, and more.
There will also be a special virtual event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Supremes featuring founding member Mary Wilson. The channel will be available in the Hip-Hop/R&B category and on Channel 49 from February 1 through February 7.