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The following are the nominees for the 2014 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards. Congratulations to all who participated and good luck to the nominees! The winners will be announced on April 12 at a live awards ceremony at BOSS, Boston Sings, and then right here on casa.org!

Genre Nominations

Best Pop/Rock Album

Bioluminescence by ARORA
Here We Go by MICappella
Motown & More
by Rockapella
Over The Bridge by The Hyannis Sound
PTX Volume II by Pentatonix
Southern Autumn Nostalgia by Street Corner Symphony     
Weniger Sind Mehr by Maybebop     

Best Pop/Rock Song

Daft Punk on PTX Volume II by Pentatonix   
Circus on Here We Go by MICappella
Gimme a Beat on En Route by Transit
It's Time on ACF Collaborative Recording by Plaid Productions / Sonos / The Edge Effect / Six Appeal/ ACF VIPs
The Bridge on Bioluminescence by ARORA   
Picturing You on Southern Autumn Nostalgia by Street Corner Symphony
Somebody That I Used to Know on Over The Bridge by The Hyannis Sound          

Best Soul/R&B/Hip-Hop Song

Alright on Helix by Beelzebubs (Tufts)
American Boy on Sunny Days by The A Cappella Group (Cypress Lake HS)
Hey Momma / Hit the Road Jack on PTX Volume II by Pentatonix
No Church in the Wild on Ricochet by Octaves (U. Richmond)
Thinkin Bout You on The Mallard by Clef Hangers (U North Carolina)   
Who Did That to You on Untapped by Last Call (Cornell)  
Who You Are on Who You Are by Bare Naked Statues (St. Louis U.)

Best Electronic/Experimental Song

Double Down on Double Down - Single by Peter Hollens   
Here We Be (Gabriel Moraes) on Here We Be - The Remixes by The Executive Board
Opera Somnia on 14 Characters by Countermeasure
Superstar on RE5ET by Mo5aic
Start Again on Bioluminescence by ARORA
The Diva Aria on Weather To Fly by Swingle Singers  

Best Jazz Album

Great American Songbook by The King's Singers
Kuzolunga by JustSix    
14 Characters by Countermeasure     
Uncovered: A Treasure Trove Of Original Works by Key Elements     
Weather To Fly by Swingle Singers

Best Jazz Song

Sympathy on Quinta and a Half by Quinta and a Half    
My Funny Valentine on Great American Songbook by The King's Singers   
Twentysomething on Fermata Town Singles by Fermata Town     
Master Of The House on Uncovered: A Treasure Trove Of Original Works by Key Elements     
Spain on Weather To Fly by Swingle Singers
Everybody Here Wants You on The Riveters EP by The Riveters

Best Country Song

Ghost Riders in the Sky on Ain't No Doubt by DeltaCappella    
Why? on Gumption by Mixed Company (Yale)     
Better Dig Two on Do Not Cross by BluesTones (JMU)    
Good Girl on Get Cut Off by Cut Off    
I Knew You Were Trouble on Niceties by Bostonians (Boston College)     
Undo It on 'Til Dawn by After Dark (Wash U)

Best Classical Album

Quer Bach by SLIXS    
Ave Maria Aurora Borealis by Key Ensemble

Best Classical Song

Jabberwocky on Convergence by Antiphony    
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Variatio 18 on Quer Bach by SLIXS     
City Trees on Opening Statement by The Capital Hearings     
Libertango on Weather To Fly by Swingle Singers     
IRIDIS on ItAcA-Italian Acappella Project by ItAcA

Best Barbershop Album

It's Epic by Epic    
Made in America by Foreign Exchange Quartet    
Straight Up! by Martini Quartet     
Something in the Air by A Mighty Wind     
GQ Vol. 1 by GQ

Best Barbershop Song

No, No, Norman on Made in America by Foreign Exchange Quartet    
Bill Grogan's Goat on Something in the Air by A Mighty Wind     
Ebb Tide on GQ Vol. 1 by GQ     
Cruella De Vil on It's Epic by Epic    
Deed I Do on Straight Up! by Martini Quartet     
Come Rain or Come Shine on Touché by Touché

Best Religious Album

A.K.A. Pella Presents "2012 the Year in Review by A.K.A. Pella    
Believe by Six13
Ever Pressing On by Higher Ground     
Kuzolunga by JustSix    
All For You by Best Friends (Lubbock Christian University)

Best Religious Song

Outra Vez on Ekundungu by Vocal Motion 6 (VM6)    
Yesh Tikvah on A.K.A. Pella Presents "2012 the Year in Review by A.K.A. Pella     
Haneirot Halalu on Believe by Six13
On Hanget Korkeat Nietokset on Jouluna by Club For Five     
Joshua on Kuzolunga by JustSix     
Peace Be Still on Ever Pressing On by Higher Ground

Best Folk/World Album

Ever Pressing On by Higher Ground    
Folks & Tales by Amarcord     
Kaavish by Penn Masala (UPenn)    
BR6 For All by Br6

Best Folk/World Song

Ghanan Ghanan on Kaavish by Penn Masala (UPenn)   
Kein Schöner Land on Bottle This Moment by Bonner Jazzchor     
Pūt Vējiņi on Folks & Tales by Amarcord    
Chitima on Ever Pressing On by Higher Ground     
Brasil Pandeiro on BR6 For All by Br6    
Nana on Weather To Fly by Swingle Singers
Jolene on The Riveters EP by The Riveters

Best Holiday Album

Jouluna by Club For Five    
Christmas Fan by baSix

Best Holiday Song

Carol of the Bells on Carol of the Bells by Jeff Smith
Little Drummer Boy on PTXMas Deluxe  by Pentatonix
O Holy Night on O Holy Night - Single by Peter Hollens     
O Come, O Come Emmanuel on O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Pros & Cons     
Jouluna on Jouluna by Club For Five     
Fordi on Christmas Fan by baSix

Best Humor Album

Biographies by The Bobs
Smiley Laughy Happy Facey by Mister Tim

Best Humor Song

Esst Mehr Insekten on Weniger Sind Mehr by maybebop    
Santa's Vacation on Christmas Fan by baSix    
Pesach Shop on Believe by Six13
Clarence Birdseye Flash Frozen Food on Biographies by The Bobs
Don't Stop Buh-LEED-in on Smiley Laughy Happy Facey by Mister Tim     
We Arr Who We Arr on Smiley Laughy Happy Facey by Mister Tim     
Swingle Ladies on Weather To Fly by Swingle Singers

Best Song By A Solo Performer

I See Fire on I See Fire - Single by Peter Hollens    
Carol of the Bells on Carol of the Bells by Jeff Smith    
O Holy Night on O Holy Night - Single by Peter Hollens

Continental Nominations

Best European Album

Folks & Tales by Amarcord    
Weniger Sind Mehr by Maybebop     
Christmas Fan by baSix     
No Strings by The Boxettes     
Weather To Fly by Swingle Singers
Safe & Sound by Pros & Cons

Best Asian Album

Here We Go by MICappella    
Uncovered: A Treasure Trove Of Original Works by Key Elements
Quinta and a Half by Quinta and a Half (Israel)

Best South American Album

Retrato Brasil by Perseptom    
BR6 For All by Br6
Soñando a Venezuela by Vocalia (Venezuela)

Best African Album

Ever Pressing On by Higher Ground    
Kuzolunga by JustSix
Ekundungu by Vocal Motion 6 (VM6)

Original Music Nominations

Best Professional Original Song

Run to You on PTX Volume II by Pentatonix    
Morning Light on Bioluminescence by ARORA     
Superstar on RE5ET by Mo5aic
Frozen in Time on Southern Autumn Nostalgia by Street Corner Symphony    
Puppet on a String on No Strings by The Boxettes     
IRIDIS on ItAcA-Italian Acappella Project by ItAcA    
Here We Go on Here We Go by MICappella

Best Scholastic Original Song

The Battle on Sunny Days by The A Cappella Group (Cypress Lake HS)   
Brake Lights on Untapped by Last Call (Cornell)    
Electric on Haywire by Not Too Sharp (U New Hampshire)    
Elena on Permit to Harmonize by SoCal Vocals (USC)     
Here To Stay on Here To Stay by OneVoice (Briarcrest Christian High School)    
Pretty Girl on Fifty Shades of Yellow by Yellowjackets (U Rochester)    
Alone on To The Point by Beartones (Missouri State U)

Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) Nominations

Best Contemporary A Cappella League Album

Mandate by Vox Pop    
Opening Statement by The Capital Hearings     
Ain't No Doubt by DeltaCappella    
14 Characters by Countermeasure

Best Contemporary A Cappella League Song

Paperback Writer on Ain't No Doubt by DeltaCappella    
Lonely Boy on Fermata Town Singles by Fermata Town     
Sleep on Sleep by Redline     
14 Characters on 14 Characters by Countermeasure    
Light Up the Sky on Opening Statement by The Capital Hearings     
LaserLight on Get Cut Off by Cut Off

Scholastic Nominations

Best Mixed Collegiate Album

Odd Man In by Amalgamates (Tufts)  
Midnight Hour by Harmonics (Stanford)    
Good Life by Pitch Slapped (Berklee)   
Permit to Harmonize by SoCal Vocals  (USC)   
Rock Paper Shotgun by Undertones (Northwestern)   
Equilibrium by Nor'Easters (Northeastern)
The Shadow Aspect by The Chordials (Cornell University)

Best Mixed Collegiate Song

Sweet Nothing on Equilibrium by Nor'Easters (Northeastern)
We Can Work It Out on Good Life by Pitch Slapped (Berklee)     
Somebody to Love on Midnight Hour by Harmonics (Stanford)   
Gunpowder & Lead on Rock Paper Shotgun by Undertones (Northwestern)    
Tightrope on Permit to Harmonize by SoCal Vocals (USC)   
Paris (Ooh La La) on Odd Man In by Amalgamates (Tufts)
Spectrum on UNDECLARED by Mixed Company (Stanford)
Lights on The Shadow Aspect by The Chordials (Cornell University)

Best Mixed Collegiate Solo

Samantha Creighton for Wrong Side of a Love Song on Equilibrium by Nor'Easters (Northeastern)    
Eliza Palasz for Plain Gold Ring on Rock Paper Shotgun by Undertones (Northwestern)     
Samantha Schultz and Mark Joseph for Love On Top on Good Life by Pitch Slapped (Berklee)     
Gabrielle Bills for Paris (Ooh La La) on Odd Man In by Amalgamates (Tufts)    
Leah Reis-Dennis for Mercy On Me on On The Edge by Opportunes (Harvard)     
Segun Oluwadele for Tightrope on Permit to Harmonize by SoCal Vocals (USC)

Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement

Hannah Juliano for We Can Work It Out on Good Life by Pitch Slapped (Berklee)
Evan Smith for Somebody to Love on Midnight Hour by Harmonics (Stanford)   
Shams Ahmed for Diamonds on Equilibrium by Nor'Easters (Northeastern)
Matt Kania and Laura Winters for Plain Gold Ring on Rock Paper Shotgun by Undertones (Northwestern)     
Mandy Mamlet for Tightrope on Permit to Harmonize by SoCal Vocals (USC)
Shannon Lawrence for Bizness on The Shadow Aspect by The Chordials (Cornell University)

Best Male Collegiate Album

The Party Upstairs by Ithacappella (Ithaca College)    
Sorry for the Noise by Academical Village People (UVA)    
Helix by Beelzebubs (Tufts)     
Ricochet by Octaves (University of Richmond)    
The Madison Project by The Madison Project (James Madison University)

Best Male Collegiate Song

Who You Are on Who You Are by Bare Naked Statues (St. Louis U.)    
Alright on Helix by Beelzebubs (Tufts)     
Never Close Our Eyes on Ricochet by The Octāves (University of Richmond)     
Radioactive on The GP by G-Men (University of Michigan)     
Breathe Again on The Album by The Statesmen (Penn State)

Best Male Collegiate Solo

Adam Gotbaum for Madness on Helix by Beelzebubs (Tufts)    
Brendan Asante for Settle Down on The GP by G-Men (University of Michigan)     
Cole Hammack for Gravity on The Mallard by Clef Hangers (U North Carolina)     
Dan Purcell for The Man Who Can't Be Moved on The Party Upstairs by Ithacappella (Ithaca College)    
Jim Kane for Who You Are on Who You Are by Bare Naked Statues (St. Louis U.)     
Chaz Duffy for Ever After on Fire Away by Toccatatones (High Point University)     
Ryan Vona for Breathe Again on The Album by The Statesmen (Penn State)

Best Male Collegiate Arrangement

Michael Grant for Alright on Helix by Beelzebubs (Tufts)    
Ben Van DeWater for The A Team on The Party Upstairs by Ithacappella (Ithaca College)     
Jim Hogan for Higher on The Album by The Statesmen (Penn State)     
Matt Carlin for If I Lose Myself on Fifty Shades of Yellow by Yellowjackets (U Rochester)     
Matt Shirer for Radioactive on The GP by G-Men (University of Michigan) 

Best Female Collegiate Album

Do Not Cross by BluesTones (JMU)   
Moonlighting by Jackson Jills (Tufts University)    
The Girls Next Door by The Girls Next Door (College of St. Rose)    
Runway by Out of the Blue (Duke)     
Tintinnabulation by Belles (UVA)

Best Female Collegiate Song

DNA on DNA by Note-oriety (James Madison University)
Lie to Me on Do Not Cross by BluesTones (James Madison U)     
Cameo Lover on Moonlighting by Jackson Jills (Tufts)    
Fire on Tintinnabulation by Belles (UVA)     
Keep On Bringing Me Down on The Girls Next Door by The Girls Next Door (The College of St. Rose)    
Coming Undone on Coming Undone - Single by Men in Drag (U Chicago)

Best Female Collegiate Solo

Nina Beaulieu for Lie to Me on Do Not Cross by BluesTones (James Madison U)
Mackenzie Cohn for Turning Tables on The Girls Next Door by The Girls Next Door (The College of St. Rose)    
Jordan Miller-Surratt for Coming Undone on Coming Undone - Single by Men in Drag (U Chicago)
Jasleen Bawa for Winter Trees on Tintinnabulation by Belles (UVA)     
Emma Wise for Cameo Lover on Moonlighting by Jackson Jills (Tufts)

Best Female Collegiate Arrangement

Nicola Bertoni for Lie to Me on Do Not Cross by BluesTones (James Madison U)
Brianne Holland for Coming Undone on Coming Undone - Single by Men in Drag (U Chicago)
Michelle Gahagan for Winter Trees on Tintinnabulation by Belles (UVA)     
Jessie Belfer for Feel Too Close on Moonlighting by Jackson Jills (Tufts)     
Ann Mallick for Don't Wake Me Up on Runway by Out of the Blue (Duke)  

Best High School Album

Decades by Highlands Voices (Northern Highlands HS)   
Here To Stay by OneVoice (Briarcrest Christian High School)    
Sunny Days by The A Cappella Group (Cypress Lake)    
World in Motion by The 18 Wheelers (Wheeler School)

Best High School Song

Circus on Elevation by Vega (ChaminadeJulienne)   
Locked Up on World in Motion by The 18 Wheelers (Wheeler School)   
I Knew You Were Trouble on Space Between the Notes by Elements of Sound & Treble Makers (St. Anne's-Belfield School)    
American Boy on Sunny Days by The A Cappella Group (Cypress Lake)    
Just A Dream on Here To Stay by OneVoice (Briarcrest Christian High School)    
Blown Away on Blown Away by Forte (Centerville HS)    
Beautiful Day on Decades by Highlands Voices (Northern Highlands HS)

Best High School Solo

Caitlin Pearn for Circus on Elevation by Vega (Chaminade Julienne)    
Jessica Pitocco for Love on Top on World in Motion by The 18 Wheelers (Wheeler School)    
Patricia Wilson/Jamie Tofano for Beautiful/I’ll Stand By You on Decades by Highlands Voices (Northern Highlands HS)
Abbie Batson for Blown Away on Blown Away by Forte (Centerville HS)     
Katie Moore for Paris (Ooh la la) on Tightrope by Eleventh Hour (Fairmont HS)     
Haley Gray for Just A Dream on Here To Stay by OneVoice (Briarcrest Christian High School)     
Quinton Thomas for Baby, I'm For Real on Sunny Days by The A Cappella Group (Cypress Lake)

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