2019 CARA Nominations Announced

The much anticipated annual Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards nominations were announced today and both long-standing favorites and new stars are among the talents honored.

Standouts include Boston-based experimental group Birdland Avenue who landed five nominations for Come Around including Best Non-Scholastic Debut Album, Best Electronic/Experimental Album, Best Pop Album, Best Electronic/Experimental Song (“Rabbit Hole”), Best Original Song by a Professional Group (“Breeze Baby”) and DCappella who earned four nominations for Best Non-Scholastic Debut Album, Best Rock Song (“Immortals”), Best Showtunes/Soundtrack/Theme Song (“The Glory Days”), and Best Professional Arrangement for a Non-Scholastic Group (“Immortals”).

We also saw multiple nominations for The Swingles, Pentatonix多么幸福 East West Collective, and Rebel Bit.

On the Scholastic side A Cappella Academy, The G-Men, The A Cappella Group, VoiceBox, The Coda Conduct, The Sons of Pitches, and Dragon Scales were among some of the groups heavily recognized for their work this year.

2009 International Quartet Champions Crossroads led in barbershop music with four nominations in barbershop and arrangements.

See the full list of nominations and then follow along as we catch up with nominees and broadcast live from BOSS and the CARA Ceremony in April.

New Tunesday – November 27, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

FACE

Filmed in Sweden, the video release of the holiday classic, “O Holy Night” from hometown favorites of Boulder, Colorado hit a million views within just 7 hours of posting today.

FACE, a cappella, vocal rock, singing, Colorado, holiday music

Main Street featuring Debbie Cleveland

The outgoing BHS quartet champions teamed up with Queen of Harmony and Webcast hostess Debbie Cleveland for a special edition of Wake Up, Jake at the 2018 AIC Show in Orlando.

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A Cappella Academy – Ølamundo

Called one of the most profound performances in the history of Academy by founder Ben Bram, this group, comprised of students from some of the many cultures and traditions represented at A Cappella Academy sang “I Saw Light” under the direction of Erin Bentlage.

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Muzaria

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Muzaria released an a cappella arrangement of the John Williams piece from Schindler’s List.

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Shir Soul

In celebration of the fast approaching Hanukkah holiday, Shir Soul of NYC presents a parody of the well-loved song “Africa.”

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Smooth Edge 2

The CAL representatives of Fort Wayne, Indiana released a smashing cover of a cappella alumna Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity.”

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New Tunesday – November 13, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

AcaLumni Project

What do you get when you pull together a virtual group from all over the world, combine all of the overdone a cappella songs into a Weird Al Yankovich polka, and animate the singers? Well, this masterpiece:

WATCH HERE.

And in case you missed it, ALP founder Shawn Pearce was featured on this week’s #Talkappella. Hear the replay this Saturday at 7 am EST & 7 pm EST!

Highline Vocal Jazz

Speaking of guilty pleasures….this next one is so many wonderful ones all wrapped into one. The iconic theme song from Reading Rainbow with yummy jazz chords? Yes. Please.

jazz, a cappella, reading rainbow, theme songs, singing

FACE

Let’s just continue on with the guilty pleasure trends, shall we? In full 80’s glory, this Boulder-based vocal rock band features bass Forest Kelly on lead for their cover of Blondie’s “Call Me.”

Face, vocal band, a cappella, Colorado, 80s, rock

Academy

This one is just….fun. A debut music video from the University of Bristol’s all-male identifying a cappella group who were previously featured on Sky One’s Sing: Ultimate A Cappella, ICCA UK finalists and VF-UK semi-finalists in 2018.

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Birdland Avenue

Not a music video, but one of the most anticipated a cappella releases of the year. Here’s the announcement of the album drop of “Come Around” straight from 4 little birdies.

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OC Times

A little more goodness from the AIC Show at #BHSOrlando, OC Times celebrates their 10th anniversary of winning gold. How long until we can get “On The Road Again”?

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VoicePlay

The smooth sounds of this year’s SoJam headliners on a Frank Ocean tune means your day just got better.

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MO5AIC

And in what we’re sure will be the first of many a cappella holiday joys, the Las Vegas based quintet dropped a modern take in 7/8 on Little Drummer Boy, with a beat that only a mouth drummer like Jake Moulton can perform:

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New Tunesday – October 30, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

A Cappella Academy – Syncop8tion

Another week, another dazzling performance from the campers at A Cappella Academy, this time from the group led by Groove For Thought’s Amanda Taylor and Diane Galeano of Blacklight and Sound Off. Stunning delivery of a difficult jazz chart written by Taylor and a stellar solo from Emily Dietz.

Beatsync

Toronto’s ecletic pop octet put together this live cover of Ariana Grande’s “Focus.”

Due North

This year’s Harmony Sweepstakes finalists out of Minnesota covered Home Free’s mashup of Fishin’ in the Dark/Boondocks.

Acapellago

Top Filipino pop quintet drops a little Latin flair with their short cover of “Mas Que Nada.”

The Lost Keys

A little taste of their cover of “Latch” which is now in rotation on Acaville!

 

Voculture

This German quintet had a lot of fun with Jonas Blue’s “Rise.”

New Tunesday – October 16, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

Cluster

A little treat from their album “The Italian Project”,  Cluster surprised us with a music video for “Nessuno mi può giudicare” or “No One Can Judge Me.” and we’re all for it.

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Iris

Another treat from their winning #AcaOpen set, enjoy this version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” which won both Outstanding Arrangement (Andrew John Kim) and Outstanding Soloist (Dara Orland).

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Birdland Avenue

The Birds performed live at Sofar Sounds show in NYC over the summer. Here’s a clip of one of their original tunes – due out with their debut album releasing in November. You can pre-order it here.

A Cappella Academy – Collector’s Edition

It’s no surprise that talent just oozes out of campers at A Cappella Academy. Last summer’s Collector’s Edition simply blew us away. Know a teenage superstar? Applications for 2019 Camp are open now, with scholarships and financial aid available.

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From The Roots

Brand new seven piece vocal band, From The Roots will be headlining SING! Texas next month. Here’s a little live video preview of their sound with “Alibi” by Lawrence:

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New Tunesday – October 2, 2018

In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.

Here are our favorites this week:

DCappella

The a cappella tour from Disney edges closer, so why not find another reason to be excited. Check out this fun cover of “Trashin’ the Camp” from Tarzan.

A Cappella Academy Choir

Each summer, about 70 of the world’s most talented teen singers spend 10 days in Los Angeles learning from some of the best professionals in a cappella. The result is a pretty incredible concert, which always include a full choir performance. This year the choir debuted an original piece with music written by camp co-founder, Rob Dietz with lyrics by Stephanie Fischer. The intro and outro melody are taken from “The Lone Wild Bird”. Here is “Empire of Blue’:

P.S. Auditions for the 2019 Academy are open now.

Six Appeal

The 2012 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions and recent winners of the Moscow A Cappella Festival are know for their high energy stage show. Now you can have a little piece of that at home, in their latest live video release, “Some Kind of Wonderful.”