Early Tuesday morning, the Contemporary A cappella Society of America (CASA) put out their list of nominees for the 2011 Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards (CARAs). This year, the list was especially favorable to our catalog of artists, professional and scholastic alike.
The House Jacks earned Best Pop/Rock Album, Best Pop/Rock Song, and Best Professional Original Song nominations for work from their newest album, “level.”
Contemporary A cappella League (CAL) group The Red States received Best CAL Album (“No Political Affiliation”) and Best CAL Song (“Ordinary World”) nods. Fellow CAL group and ACR artists Euphonism received a Best CAL Song nomination as well, for their rendition of “Smooth Criminal.”
On the scholastic front, our groups received nominations in the Best Male Collegiate Album (On the Rocks for “A Fifth” and The Pitchforks for “All In”), and Best Female Collegiate Album (“Love Affair” from the Sweet Signatures and “Philophony,” coming soon to iTunes from Loreleis) categories.
There were also nominations given to particularly impressive arrangements, solo performances, and genre-specific songs from our collegiate clients, in addition to overall album recognition.
Stuck in the Middle received a Best Folk/World Song nomination for their rendition of “Jai Ho,” while original composition “Boomerang” from Voices in your Head received a Best Scholastic Original Song nomination (a category which also recognized original work from On the Rocks).
Nonsequitor and Eight Beat Measure also received recognition for work off of their albums, “Pass Us By” and “No Safety Nets” respectively. Their stand-out arrangements and soloists earned nominations in those mixed collegiate categories.