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The following are the nominees for the 2020 Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards. Congratulations to all who participated and good luck to the nominees! The winners will be announced on April 5 at a live awards ceremony at Boston Sings [BOSS], and then right here on casa.org!


Special Awards

Best Non-Scholastic Debut Album

  • Mosaik, Männersache
  • Eyes of Love, From the Roots
  • Business Casual, Business Casual
  • MVP, MVP
  • V, VXN

Best Scholastic Debut Album

  • Spark, Evolve (Chesapeake Senior High School)
  • Leading Me Home, Walk the Line (Rockwall High School)
  • Blossom, Mixed Mode (University of Central Florida)
  • Unstoppable, Trebellious (University of Rochester)
  • Before You See The Light, License to Trill (Texas Christian University)

Genre Nominations

Best Barbershop Album

  • The Next Ten Minutes, After Hours
  • GQ Vol. III, GQ
  • Simple Gifts, Instant Classic

Best Barbershop Song

  • "Pity Party " from GQ Vol. III, GQ
  • "The Sound Of Music" from The Next Ten Minutes, After Hours
  • "Love Walked In" from Get Happy, Kohl Kitzmiller
  • "If I May" from Simple Gifts, Instant Classic

Best Classical / Traditional Song

  • "Noel" from Son Of Bethlehem, Fishers of Men Sounds
  • "Stille Nacht" from So this is Christmas, ONAIR
  • "Kein schöner Land" from Ziel:los!, maybebop
  • "La Vie En Rose" from Business Casual, Business Casual
  • "Agnus Dei" from Enchanted Isle, Voces8

Best Country Song

  • "Want" from Eyes of Love, From the Roots
  • "Young And Crazy" from Sharing the Covers, Chris Rupp
  • "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" from Close to Home, Counterpoint (Stanford University)
  • "Songbird" from blank canvas, Clef Hangers (University of North Carolina)

Best Electronic / Experimental Album

  • Panorama, Reverb (Florida State University)
  • Resolution, Acasola (California State Northridge)

Best Electronic / Experimental Song

  • "Terrified/Me and Your Mama" from Panorama, Reverb (Florida State University)
  • "Algorhythmus" from Ziel:los!, maybebop
  • "Top of the World" from Top of the World, Nomadic
  • "Between Us" from Begin Again, Voices in Your Head (University of Chicago)
  • "All Night" from Blossom, Mixed Mode (University of Central Florida)

Best Folk / World Song

  • "Skäms" from Orkar, Orkar inte, Riltons Vänner
  • "Die Gedanken sind frei" from CHORKLANGBEZIRK, Klangbezirk
  • "Adon Olam" from Six13 Volume 8: Lights, Six13
  • "Want" from Eyes of Love, From the Roots
  • "Airdí Cuain" from M'ANAM, M'ANAM
  • "Penye Nia Pana Njia" from Afro Vocal-Play Volume 1, Just 6

Best Funk / Disco Song

  • "Ain't No Way" from Business Casual, Business Casual
  • "Change of Heart" from Lifeline, Octopodes (Johns Hopkins University)
  • "I Will Survive (Live)" from Euro EP, Six Appeal
  • "Must Be Hard Being You" from Must Be Hard Being You, Inverse
  • "Rise/The Weekend" from Genesis, Mind the Gap (University of Oregon)

Best Hip-Hop Song

  • "For Scott (Ain't Done Yet)" from For Scott (Ain't Done Yet), Richard Steighner
  • "Come Down" from Panorama, Reverb (Florida State University)
  • "Deja Vu" from Sincerely, Pitch Slapped (Berklee College of Music)
  • "How Deep Is Your Love" from Unfold, The Treblemakers (Boston University)
  • "Threatened " from Identity, Eight Beat Measure (Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT))

Best Holiday Album

  • A Backtrack Vocals Christmas, Backtrack
  • So this is Christmas, ONAIR
  • Christmas Live, Rockapella

Best Holiday Song

  • "Carol of the Bells" from So this is Christmas, ONAIR
  • "A Star Wars Chanukah" from Six13 Volume 8: Lights, Six13
  • "Christmas in L.A." from Christmas in L.A., Acasola (California State Northridge)
  • "Deck the Halls" from Christmas Live, Rockapella
  • "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" from A Backtrack Vocals Christmas, Backtrack
  • "Just a Christmas wish" from Just a Christmas wish, Rebel Bit

Best Humor Song

  • "Bohemian Chanukah" from Six13 Volume 8: Lights, Six13
  • "All-Nighter" from All-Nighter, Stanford University Fleet Street Singers (Stanford University)
  • "Bhaarbershop" from Ziel:los!, maybebop
  • "Tights of the Round Table" from Simple Gifts, Instant Classic

Best Jazz / Big Band Song

  • "No Diggity" from Business Casual, Business Casual
  • "Love Never Felt So Good" from Made to Fly, Pitch, Please! A Cappella (University of California Los Angeles)
  • "Alibi" from Lifeline, Octopodes (Johns Hopkins University)
  • "Blue Skies" from Circadian, Point of Departure (Berklee College of Music)
  • "Moments in a Mirror" from Reminiscing in Tempo, New York Voices
  • "You Make Me Feel So Young" from Always / Sometimes, Hyannis Sound

Best Pop Album

  • High Definition, Distilled Harmony (Northeastern University)
  • Sincerely, Pitch Slapped (Berklee College of Music)
  • Begin Again, Voices in Your Head (University of Chicago)
  • Love, MICappella, MICappella
  • Mosaik, Männersache
  • Covers, Vol. 3, The Sons of Pitches
  • Orkar, Orkar inte, Riltons Vänner
  • Songs Of Kirka, Club For Five

Best Pop Song

  • "FEEL YOU" from FEEL YOU, Opportunes (Harvard University)
  • "Lost in Japan" from Blue Horizon, BisCaydence
  • "Take the Money and Run" from High Definition, Distilled Harmony (Northeastern University)
  • "Top of the World" from Top of the World, Nomadic
  • "Through Your Eyes" from Love, MICappella, MICappella
  • "Håll mig hårt" from Orkar, Orkar inte, Riltons Vänner
  • "Okay wenn ich bleib" from Mosaik, Männersache
  • "LEIJAT" from Songs Of Kirka, Club For Five

Best R&B Song

  • "Hollow" from Identity, Eight Beat Measure (Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT))
  • "Love Drought" from Love Drought - Single, Faux Paz (University of Maryland)
  • "Love Me Right" from Speak On It, BluesTones (James Madison University)
  • "Tell Me Something Good" from Live pt 1, Six Appeal
  • "FEEL YOU" from FEEL YOU, Opportunes (Harvard University)
  • "Glory" from Sincerely, Pitch Slapped (Berklee College of Music)
  • "Birds of a Feather" from Panorama, Reverb (Florida State University)

Best Religious Album

  • Brothers, ShadowVox
  • Six13 Volume 8: Lights, Six13

Best Religious Song

  • "Flying" from Find Yourself, OneVoice (Briarcrest Christian School)
  • "Stille Nacht" from So this is Christmas, ONAIR
  • "Have God" from Have God, Take 7 (Winter Park High School)
  • "Blackout" from Blackout, Gestalt (University of Florida)
  • "Born Again" from Redemption, Chi Rho (Wake Forest University)
  • "Soul's Anthem" from Permanent Address, No Southern Accent (University of Florida)

Best Rock Album

  • Live pt 1, Six Appeal
  • Signal Lost, Harmonics (Stanford University)

Best Rock Song

  • "Dreamer" from Before You See The Light, License to Trill (Texas Christian University)
  • "You Know My Name" from Under the Colored Lights, MIT Muses (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • "花灵 / Anima.Flower" from 花灵 / Anima.Flower, Ignite Vocal Band
  • "HIM" from Unfold, The Treblemakers (Boston University)
  • "Zombie" from Signal Lost, Harmonics (Stanford University)
  • "Believer" from Covers, Vol. 3, The Sons of Pitches
  • "Cryin'" from Flying Colors, Doo-Wop Shop (University of Massachusetts - Amherst)

Best Show Tunes / Soundtrack / Theme Song

  • "I Wanna Be Like You" from Live pt 1, Six Appeal
  • "Where is Love?" from Get Happy, Kohl Kitzmiller
  • "There Are Worse Things I Could Do " from GQ Vol. III, GQ
  • "Gravity Won't Win / Defying Gravity" from 'Til the Sun Comes Up, KeyStone A Cappella
  • "Frozen Heart (From “Frozen” - feat. NSO Alumni)" from Beyond a Star, Naughty Scotty and the Octapella (Winter Park High School)
  • "Where the Lost Things Go" from Sharing the Covers, Chris Rupp

Continental Nominations

Best African Album

  • Afro Vocal-Play Volume 1, Just 6
  • Get On Board, Vocal Path (Valley View University )

Best European Album

  • Covers, Vol. 3, The Sons of Pitches
  • Orkar, Orkar inte, Riltons Vänner
  • Enchanted Isle, Voces8
  • Mosaik, Männersache
  • Songs Of Kirka, Club For Five
  • Ziel:los!, maybebop
  • Telos, Aquapella (University of Bath)

Original Music Nominations

Best Original Song by a Professional Group

  • Jacob Spadaro: "White Light" from Six13 Volume 8: Lights, Six13
  • Cassandra Chamoun: "Ain't No Way" from Business Casual, Business Casual
  • Calin Wong: "Through Your Eyes" from Love, MICappella, MICappella
  • Peter Sydén and Peter Hägerås: "Gav mig av" from Orkar, Orkar inte, Riltons Vänner
  • Männersache (Severin von Rose, Roland Streicher, Nico Gomez, Lucas Günzel): "Mosaik" from Mosaik, Männersache

Best Original Song by a Scholastic Group

  • Will Cabaniss and Kate Connors: "Between Us" from Begin Again, Voices in Your Head (University of Chicago)
  • Gabrielle Macafee: "Cool/Fire" from Reality Lately, The A Cappella Group (Cypress Lake Center for the Arts)
  • State of Fifths: "I Am" from Legacy, State of Fifths (Michigan State University)
  • Richie Bishop and Ava Lipford: "Bumblebee" from Bumblebee, Dragon Scales (Appomattox Regional Governor's School (ARGS))
  • Annie Schindel: "Bad News" from High Definition, Distilled Harmony (Northeastern University)
  • Danny G.W. and Kenyon Duncan: "One" from One, Doox of Yale (Yale University )

Non-Scholastic and Professional Arrangement Nominations

Best Non-Scholastic Arrangement

  • The Sons of Pitches: "Believer" from Covers, Vol. 3, The Sons of Pitches
  • Jared Graveley: "How Will I Know" from Always / Sometimes, Hyannis Sound
  • Jouni Kannisto & Tuukka Haapaniemi: "SURUN PYYHIT SILMISTÄNI (SINGLE VERSION)" from Songs Of Kirka, Club For Five
  • Oliver Gies: "Die Kreation" from Ziel:los!, maybebop
  • Jordan Roll: "Moondance with Billie Jean" from Euro EP, Six Appeal
  • David Zimmerman: "I Get Along Without You Very Well" from Simple Gifts, Instant Classic

Best Professional Arrangement for a Non-Scholastic Group

  • Matt Goldstein: "Top of the World" from Top of the World, Nomadic
  • David Wright: "The Sound Of Music" from The Next Ten Minutes, After Hours
  • Tom Anderson: "生命火焰(Love, Life)" from Love, MICappella, MICappella
  • Andrew John Kim: "Nutcracker Medley" from A Backtrack Vocals Christmas, Backtrack
  • MATTI KALLIO & CLUB FOR FIVE: "PYYDÄ VAIN" from Songs Of Kirka, Club For Five

Best Professional Arrangement for a Scholastic Group

  • Robert Dietz: "High Hopes" from Find Yourself, OneVoice (Briarcrest Christian School)
  • Elliott von Wendt: "Top of the World" from Obsidian, Pitch, Please! (Northeastern University)
  • Matt Goldstein: "Blackout" from Blackout, Gestalt (University of Florida)
  • Johnny Del Toro: "So Lonely" from Unfold, The Treblemakers (Boston University)
  • Isaiah Carter: "Love Never Felt So Good" from Made to Fly, Pitch, Please! A Cappella (University of California Los Angeles)
  • Tomas Padron: "The Way I Am" from Leading Me Home, Walk the Line (Rockwall High School)

Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) Nominations

Best Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) Song

  • "Son of a Preacher Man" from Son of a Preacher Man, The Pow! Arrangers
  • "Everglow" from Everglow, Sound Off A Cappella

Collaborative and Solo Performer Nominations

Best Collaborative / Studio Project Song

  • "All Falls Down" from All Falls Down, Vocal Producktions
  • "Senorita ft Michaela Paige" from Sharing the Covers, Chris Rupp & Friends

Best Song by a Solo Performer

  • Chris Rupp: "Sucker For You" from Sharing the Covers, Chris Rupp
  • N'Namdi Bryant (The A Cappellian): "If We Could Only Talk" from If We Could Only Talk, N'Namdi Bryant (The A Cappellian)
  • Richard Steighner: "Won't You Get Down From There" from Won't You Get Down From There, Richard Steighner
  • Nina Pelligra: "Sense of Self" from Sense of Self, Nina Pelligra

Scholastic Nominations

Best High School Album

  • Leading Me Home, Walk the Line (Rockwall High School)
  • Beyond a Star, Naughty Scotty and the Octapella (Winter Park High School)
  • Spark, Evolve (Chesapeake Senior High School)
  • Find Yourself, OneVoice (Briarcrest Christian School)
  • Reality Lately, The A Cappella Group (Cypress Lake Center for the Arts)

Best High School Arrangement

  • Richie Bishop and Ava Lipford: "Bumblebee" from Bumblebee, Dragon Scales (Appomattox Regional Governor's School (ARGS))
  • Abbi Foglietta: "Unconditionally" from Focus, Ingrid Sound (Danvers High School)
  • Entire group: "Lucid Dreams" from In My Head, Natural State of Mind
  • Hannah Kelsey: "Masterpiece" from Focus, Falconize (Danvers High School)
  • Kali Sheppard: "Chasing Tides" from Focus, Falconize (Danvers High School)

Best High School Solo

  • Isabella Sbarra-Michelland: "Last Drop" from Reality Lately, The A Cappella Group (Cypress Lake Center for the Arts)
  • Jake Tabatowski-Bush: "Drive " from Voices of the Underground, Skyline Blues (Ann Arbor Skyline High School )
  • Ava Hauser: "I'll Be There (feat. SoundProof) " from Made For More, KC A Cappella (feat. SoundProof)
  • Sami Caulkins: "XO" from Spark, Evolve (Chesapeake Senior High School)
  • Ryleigh Plank: "Inside" from Reality Lately, The A Cappella Group (Cypress Lake Center for the Arts)

Best High School Song

  • "I'll Be There (feat. SoundProof) " from Made For More, KC A Cappella (feat. SoundProof)
  • "Last Drop" from Reality Lately, The A Cappella Group (Cypress Lake Center for the Arts)
  • "Bumblebee" from Bumblebee, Dragon Scales (Appomattox Regional Governor's School (ARGS))
  • "Through The Eyes of a Child" from Find Yourself, OneVoice (Briarcrest Christian School)
  • "XO" from Spark, Evolve (Chesapeake Senior High School)
  • "Drive " from Voices of the Underground, Skyline Blues (Ann Arbor Skyline High School )

Best Female Collegiate Album

  • Bittersweet, Cleftomaniacs (New York University)
  • Obsidian, Pitch, Please! (Northeastern University)
  • Studio 104, Out of the Blue (Duke University)
  • Speak On It, BluesTones (James Madison University)
  • Wavelength, AcaBelles (Florida State University)

Best Female Collegiate Arrangement

  • Leo Bevington: "Kamikazee" from Let Me, Unaccompanied Women (University of Chicago)
  • Amanda Springer: "Dangerous Woman" from Wavelength, AcaBelles (Florida State University)
  • Nicky Brenner: "I'm Gonna Be" from Bittersweet, Cleftomaniacs (New York University)

Best Female Collegiate Solo

  • Alexis Restrepo, Amalie Meer, Zoe Proeber: "Praying" from Wavelength, AcaBelles (Florida State University)
  • Jamiah Harrison: "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" from Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), BluesTones (James Madison University)
  • Katie Ryan: "The Lion the Beast the Beat" from Obsidian, Pitch, Please! (Northeastern University)
  • Maryrose Hahn: "Taste" from Afterlight, Treble on Huntington (Northeastern University)

Best Female Collegiate Song

  • "I Did Something Bad" from Wavelength, AcaBelles (Florida State University)
  • "You Know My Name" from Under the Colored Lights, MIT Muses (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • "Top of the World" from Obsidian, Pitch, Please! (Northeastern University)
  • "Taste" from Afterlight, Treble on Huntington (Northeastern University)
  • "idontwannabeyouanymore" from Speak On It, BluesTones (James Madison University)
  • "Kamikazee" from Let Me, Unaccompanied Women (University of Chicago)

Best Male Collegiate Album

  • Panorama, Reverb (Florida State University)
  • Redemption, Chi Rho (Wake Forest University)
  • blank canvas, Clef Hangers (University of North Carolina)
  • Identity, Eight Beat Measure (Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT))
  • Odyssey, The Beartones (Missouri State)

Best Male Collegiate Arrangement

  • Hunter McDaniel: "Ozark" from Panorama, Reverb (Florida State University)
  • William Torres and Erik Fredriksen: "Greedy" from Blue Rose, The Originals (Carnegie Mellon)
  • Fredrik Ohlsson: "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" from Black & White, All the King's Men (King's College London)
  • Philip Milman: "Cry Me A River" from In Full Color, YellowJackets (University of Rochester)

Best Male Collegiate Solo

  • Ryan Reines: "Please Don't Go" from Panorama, Reverb (Florida State University)
  • Derek Gieraltowski: "Evil" from Identity, Eight Beat Measure (Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT))
  • Ramsey Pack: "Same Drugs" from Blue Rose, The Originals (Carnegie Mellon)
  • Bilaal Ahmad: "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" from Black & White, All the King's Men (King's College London)
  • Kyle Sims: "Man of Constant Sorrow" from Odyssey, The Beartones (Missouri State)

Best Male Collegiate Song

  • "Candyman" from In Full Color, YellowJackets (University of Rochester)
  • "Bird Set Free" from Odyssey, The Beartones (Missouri State)
  • "Sober" from Blue Rose, The Originals (Carnegie Mellon)
  • "iRobot" from Panorama, Reverb (Florida State University)

Best Mixed Collegiate Album

  • Begin Again, Voices in Your Head (University of Chicago)
  • High Definition, Distilled Harmony (Northeastern University)
  • Reign, All-Night Yahtzee (Florida State University)
  • Sincerely, Pitch Slapped (Berklee College of Music)
  • Telos, Aquapella (University of Bath)
  • Signal Lost, Harmonics (Stanford University)

Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement

  • Will Cabaniss: "Between Us" from Begin Again, Voices in Your Head (University of Chicago)
  • Eli Schleicher and Eliza Wiant: "FEEL YOU" from FEEL YOU, Opportunes (Harvard University)
  • Isaiah Carter: "Glory" from Sincerely, Pitch Slapped (Berklee College of Music)
  • Mikayla Thompson: "idontwannabeyouanymore" from Blossom, Mixed Mode (University of Central Florida)
  • Christina Martino/Matthew Gagnon: "Lost in Japan" from Blue Horizon, BisCaydence
  • Thaddeus Demeke: "Wings/Be My Husband" from Made to Fly, Pitch, Please! A Cappella (University of California Los Angeles)

Best Mixed Collegiate Solo

  • Dharani Rao: "Say Love" from High Definition, Distilled Harmony (Northeastern University)
  • Mikala Banham: "Blackout" from Blackout, Gestalt (University of Florida)
  • Ryan Danca (main), Estefania Roger (rap): "Kissing Strangers" from Blossom, Mixed Mode (University of Central Florida)
  • Valeria Rigobon: "Talking Body" from Reign, All-Night Yahtzee (Florida State University)
  • Samuel Perkins: "Roaring 20s" from Elevate, Potsdam Pitches (SUNY Potsdam )
  • Georgia Blessitt: "Midnight" from Telos, Aquapella (University of Bath)

Best Mixed Collegiate Song

  • "Between Us" from Begin Again, Voices in Your Head (University of Chicago)
  • "Lost in Japan" from Blue Horizon, BisCaydence
  • "So Lonely" from Unfold, The Treblemakers (Boston University)
  • "Blackout" from Blackout, Gestalt (University of Florida)
  • "You Should See Me in A (Crown)" from Reign, All-Night Yahtzee (Florida State University)
  • "Glory" from Sincerely, Pitch Slapped (Berklee College of Music)
  • "Love Drought" from Love Drought - Single, Faux Paz (University of Maryland)

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As always, thanks to everyone who submitted, and a huge thank you to all the nominators who gave their time to help us sort through all the wonderful submissions!

The 2020 CARA committee was: Ricky Jabarin, Ian Wolfe, Jessica Chen, Shane Ardell, Thomas (TeKay) King, and Alexander Koutzoukis.