Every year, as spring begins, the attentions of the a cappella community turns to the Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards. And like clockwork, every April a list of the winners is released. We at A Cappella Records have always paid close attention to these announcements, especially after we came together as a company. And every year, we have seen a growth in our presence on the list – a true testament to the incredible quality of the work put forth by our esteemed and amazing artists.
We’re thrilled to announce that, this year, ACR artists were named either winners or runners-up in a whopping 16 categories!
We are especially thrilled for Duke Out of the Blue and the Tufts Beelzebubs for securing Album of the Year wins for their work on Still Point and BATTLE respectively. These are two stellar albums that we have released for both traditional digital download on iTunes, Amazon and other online music markets, and as part of our HD a cappella store (where fans can download these and other albums in the highest quality possible). The Bubs also won for Best Male Collegiate Song (“Kings and Queens“) and tied for Best Male Collegiate Arrangement (Alexander Koutzoukis’ arrangement of the same tune). OOTB snagged an additional runner-up for Best Scholastic Original Song (“* * *“) and Best Female Collegiate Song (“Undisclosed Desires“).
In addition, Voices in your Head from the University of Chicago – who have made their presence definitively known recently by winning the collegiate competition at BOSS this past weekend, and making their way to the finals for the International Championship of Collegiate A cappella - was represented in all four mixed collegiate categories for I Used to Live Alone. They won for Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement (Chris Rishel’s “I’d Like To“), and were named runner-up in Best Mixed Collegiate Song and Solo (both for “I’d Like To“).
Check out a full list of the ACR winners and runners-up for the 2012 CARAs below, and congratulations to all of this year’s winners!
Best Classical Song
Runner Up: “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” by Peter Hollens with Swingle Singers
Best Mixed Collegiate Album
Runner Up: I Used to Live Alone by Voices in Your Head (U Chicago)
Best Mixed Collegiate Solo
Winner: Hannah Juliano for “Halo” on Pitch Slapped by Pitch Slapped (Berkelee)
Runner Up: Elspeth Michaels for “I’d Like To” on I Used to Live Alone by Voices in Your Head (U of Chicago)
Best Male Collegiate Album
Winner: BATTLE by Beelzebubs (Tufts)
Best Female Collegiate Album
Winner: Still Point by Out of the Blue (Duke)
Best Female Collegiate Solo
Winner: Nicola Bertoni for “Broken-Hearted Girl” on Black and Blue by BluesTones (JMU)
Runner Up: Helen Corless for “Unbreakable” on Playing with Fire by Jackson Jills (Tufts)
Best High School Album
Runner Up: 2 the Wire by Forte (Centerville HS)