Home2012 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award Winners

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The following are the winners of the 2012 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards. Congratulations to all who participated!

Genre Nominations

Best Pop/Rock Album

Winner: Committed by Committed
Runner Up: The Backbeats by The Backbeats

Best Pop/Rock Song

Winner: “Born This Way” on The Backbeats by The Backbeats
Runner Up: “Hey, Soul Sister” on UnPractice Makes Perfect by Street Corner Symphony

Best Hip-Hop/R&B Song

Winner: “Bad Habits” on Take III by Casual Harmony (Rutgers)
Runner Up: “How Low” by Overboard

Best Jazz Album

Winner: Color by Number by Chapter 6
Runner Up: He Said, She Said by Angie Doctor and Dan Schumacher

Best Jazz Song

Winner: “Cooler than Me” on The Sing Off Best of Season Two by Groove for Thought
Runner Up: “Es Tanzt Ein Bebop-Butzemann” on Extrem Nah Dran by Maybebop

Best Classical Album

Winner: Missa Baltica by Key Ensemble
Runner Up: Coming Home for Christmas by Amarcord

Best Classical Song

Winner: “Der är en Ros Utsprungen” on Unto Us a Child is Born by Amadeus Chor
Runner Up: “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” by Peter Hollens with Swingle Singers

Best Barbershop Album

Winner: Vocal Spectrum III by Vocal Spectrum
Runner Up: That Lucky Old Sun by Crossroads

Best Barbershop Song

Winner: “That Lucky Old Sun” on That Lucky Old Sun by Crossroads
Runner Up: “When I See An Elephant Fly” on Vocal Spectrum III by Vocal Spectrum

Best Religious Album

Winner: Six13 Vol. 4: Zmanim by Six13
Runner Up: From Dust by Testimony (Stanford University)

Best Religious Song

Winner: “Soon Ah Will Be Done” on Committed by Committed
Runner Up: “Can’t Go On” on From Dust by Testimony (Stanford)

Best Folk/World Album

Winner: V.O. by Ocumé
Runner Up: Gigo! By Soul Influence

Best Folk/World Song

Winner: “La Llave de mi Corazón” on V.O. by Ocumé
Runner Up: “Emtzah Halailah” on Transitory by Tizmoret (Queens College)

Best Holiday Album

Winner: The Sing Off: Songs of the Season by The Sing Off Contestants
Runner Up: JOULUYÖ by Rajaton

Best Holiday Song

Winner: “Sleigh Ride” on Cool Yule by Cadence
Runner Up: “Coventry Carol” on The Sing Off Songs of the Season by SONOS

Best Humor Song

Winner: “I Light It” on Six13 Vol. 4: Zmanim by Six13
Runner Up: “The Price is Right” on John McMahon & The Barkers by The Barkers

Continental Nominations

Best European Album

Winner: Hjemmebane by Basix
Runner Up tie: Ihmiset by Club for Five
                       The Boxettes EP by The Boxettes

Best African Album

Winner: Blue Junxion by Africappella
Runner Up: Young Generation by Assurance

Original Music Nominations

Best Professional Original Song

Winner: Neo Joshua for “Free” on The Boxettes EP by The Boxettes
Runner Up: M. Mengoni, P. Calabrese, M. Calabrese, S. Clabrese, and S. Fabiani for “Un Gioco Sporco” by Cluster with Marco Mengoni

Best Scholastic Original Song

Winner: Adam Levine for "Phoenix" on Phoenix by VoiceMale (Brandeis)
Runner Up: Marissa Bergmann for *** on Still Point by Out of the Blue (Duke)

Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) Nominations

Best Contemporary A Cappella League Album

Winner: Inbound by Redline
Runner Up: Simply Put by Simply Put

Best Contemporary A Cappella League Song

Winner: “Break Anotha” on Inbound by Redline
Runner Up: “Human Nature” on Simply Put by Simply Put

Scholastic Nominations

Best Mixed Collegiate Album

Winner: Hands Off the Mannequin by Amalgamates (Tufts)
Runner Up: I Used to Live Alone by Voices in Your Head (U Chicago)

Best Mixed Collegiate Song

Winner: “Boy Lilikoi” on Hands Off the Mannequin by Amalgamates (Tufts)
Runner Up: “I’d Like To” on I Used to Live Alone by Voices in Your Head (U of 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 Mixed Collegiate Arrangement

Winner: Chris Rishel for “I’d Like To” on I Used to Live Alone by Voices in Your Head (U of Chicago)
Runner Up: Ethan Lobenstine with Ben McCormackon for “Mad World” on On the Rise by After Hours (U Rochester)

Best Male Collegiate Album

Winner: BATTLE by Beelzebubs (Tufts)
Runner Up: BAM by Logarhythms (MIT)

Best Male Collegiate Song

Winner: “Kings and Queens” on BATTLE by Beelzebubs (Tufts)
Runner Up: “Crawl” on A Gentleman’s Game by Accidentals (UGA)

Best Male Collegiate Solo

Winner: Adam Levine for “Phoenix” on Phoenix by VoiceMale (Brandeis)
Runner Up: Ryan White for “February Song” on House Rules by Clef Hangers (UNC)

Best Male Collegiate Arrangement

Winner: Michael Miller for “Dreamers” on BAM by Logarythms (MIT)
Runner Up tie: Alexander Koutzoukis for “Kings and Queens” on BATTLE by Beelzebubs (Tufts)
                      Jordan Yance for “Subterranean Homesick Alien” on Pillow Talk by Academical Village People (UVA)

Best Female Collegiate Album

Winner: Still Point by Out of the Blue (Duke)
Runner Up: IMPACT by Shockwave (Rutgers)

Best Female Collegiate Song

Winner: “Unbreakable” on Playing with Fire by Jackson Jills (Tufts)
Runner Up: “Undisclosed Desires” on 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 Female Collegiate Arrangement

Winner: Brianne Holland for “On the Wing” on On the Wing - Single by Men in Drag (U Chicago)
Runner Up: Danielle Belsky for “Colorblind” on IMPACT by Shockwave (Rutgers)

Best High School Album

Winner: Play it Coy by The 18 Wheelers (The Wheeler School)
Runner Up: 2 the Wire by Forte (Centerville HS)

Best High School Song

Winner: “Settle Down” on Play It Coy by The 18 Wheelers (The Wheeler School)
Runner Up: “Follow Me Back Into the Sun” on There is no I in A Cappella by XIV Hours (Durham Academy)

Best High School Solo

Winner: Johanna Velasquez for “Dr. Feelgood” on The Blue and White Album by GFS A Cappella (Germantown Friends School)
Runner Up: Genetta Kah for “Settle Down” on Play it Coy by The 18 Wheelers (The Wheeler School)

Best High School Arrangement

Winner: Alex Graff for “She’s Leaving Home” on Play it Coy by the 18 Wheelers (The Wheeler School)
Runner Up: Maddie McFerrin for “Roxanne” on The Blue and White Album by GFS A Cappella (Germantown Friends School)

CASA Board President, Julia Hoffman, served for the 8th year as the Director of the Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards. Jon Pilat, a singer, arranger, vocal percussionist, and previous CASA board member, served for the 8th year as the CARA Co-Director.  The coordinators also chose 56 fans and performers of varied backgrounds to spend months considering each of the albums submitted to the CARAs. Anyone holding a current or former affiliation with a group or album under consideration is not allowed to take part in the consideration of that award. To the nominators and judges: Thank you all for your many hours of work! You are much appreciated!