New Tunesday – March 5, 2019

It was another busy week in the aca-verse. Lucky for us – we all reap the benefits. Here are this week’s top new releases:

Home Free

Their Patreon supporters got a head start on this new release, but now it’s available for everyone. Enjoy “Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right).”

Home Free, country, a cappella, singing, The Sing-Off

ONAIR

What a cappella group doesn’t love a Linkin Park cover? Here’s a fresh take on “Numb” out of Germany, mixed and mastered by Bill Hare.

ONAIR, Germany, Linkin Park, YouTube, Numb, singing, a cappella, vocal

From the Roots

We loved watching this new group at LAAF, so please excuse while we don’t hide our excitement about their latest live video release. Here’s “Fly” from their headlining performance at SING! Texas last fall, featuring Hannah Lewis on lead.

a cappella, Fly, singing, harmony, vocals, From the Roots

The Sons of Pitches

Why sing one Imagine Dragons song when you can do a whole medley? The UK stars and winners of The Naked Choir 2015 bring all your favorites together.

UK, a cappella, singing, Imagine Dragons, harmonies, vocals, a capella

The Rivers

Singing a tune in a live music room at Oxford, The Rivers did a great take on this song by Morten Kjær and Gabby Gordon.

a cappella, Oxford, UK, Morten Kjaer, Gabby Gordon, Holywell Music Room, live music

Towson Trills

One of the smallest collegiate groups in the circuit is working towards one more trip to ICCA Finals and gave us all a little taste of their talent.

Towson University, Trills, a cappella, singing, Maryland, live music, stairwell

Penn Masala

The world’s first South Asian a cappella group faces the challenges of mental health for college students with this cover and mashup of Everglow and Kaise Mujhe.

Penn Masala, a cappella, mental health, awareness, South Asian, Philadelphia, UPenn

SesVerSus

With 10 people, this Turkish group is a little big for a couch video, but they pull off the same charm.

Turkey, a cappella, singing, harmony, vocal, live music

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.