Home2014 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award Winners

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The following are the winners of the 2014 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards. Congratulations to all the deserving winning groups and individuals! 

Genre Nominations

Best Pop/Rock Album

Winner Bioluminescence by ARORA
Runner Up PTX Volume II by Pentatonix  

Best Pop/Rock Song

Winner Daft Punk on PTX Volume II by Pentatonix   
Runner Up The Bridge on Bioluminescence by ARORA 

Best Soul/R&B/Hip-Hop Song

Winner Hey Momma / Hit the Road Jack on PTX Volume II by Pentatonix
Runner Up No Church in the Wild on Ricochet by Octaves (U. Richmond)

Best Electronic/Experimental Song

Winner Start Again on Bioluminescence by ARORA
Runner Up Superstar on RE5ET by Mo5aic (tie)
Runner Up The Diva Aria on Weather To Fly by Swingle Singers (tie)

Best Jazz Album

Winner Weather To Fly by Swingle Singers
Runner Up 14 Characters by Countermeasure      

Best Jazz Song

Winner Spain on Weather To Fly by Swingle Singers
Runner Up Twentysomething on Fermata Town Singles by Fermata Town  

Best Country Song

Winner Better Dig Two on Do Not Cross by BluesTones (JMU) (tie)
Winner Ghost Riders in the Sky on Ain't No Doubt by DeltaCappella (tie)   
Runner Up Good Girl on Get Cut Off by Cut Off    

Best Classical Album

Winner Ave Maria Aurora Borealis by Key Ensemble
Runner Up Quer Bach by SLIXS    

Best Classical Song  

Winner Libertango on Weather To Fly by Swingle Singers     
Runner Up IRIDIS on ItAcA-Italian Acappella Project by ItAcA

Best Barbershop Album

Winner GQ Vol. 1 by GQ
Runner Up Something in the Air by A Mighty Wind     

Best Barbershop Song

Winner Ebb Tide on GQ Vol. 1 by GQ     
Runner Up Bill Grogan's Goat on Something in the Air by A Mighty Wind     

Best Religious Album

Winner Kuzolunga by JustSix
Runner Up A.K.A. Pella Presents 2012 the Year in Review by A.K.A. Pella   

Best Religious Song

Winner Joshua on Kuzolunga by JustSix
Runner Up On Hanget Korkeat Nietokset on Jouluna by Club For Five        

Best Folk/World Album  

Winner Folks & Tales by Amarcord      
Runner Up BR6 For All by Br6

Best Folk/World Song  

Winner Nana on Weather To Fly by Swingle Singers
Runner Up Kein Schöner Land on Bottle This Moment by Bonner Jazzchor    

Best Holiday Album

Winner Christmas Fan by baSix
Runner Up Jouluna by Club For Five    

Best Holiday Song

Winner Fordi on Christmas Fan by baSix 
Runner Up Jouluna on Jouluna by Club For Five     

Best Humor Album

Winner Smiley Laughy Happy Facey by Mister Tim
Runner Up Biographies by The Bobs

Best Humor Song

Winner Swingle Ladies on Weather To Fly by Swingle Singers
Runner Up We Arr Who We Arr on Smiley Laughy Happy Facey by Mister Tim     

Best Song By A Solo Performer

Winner I See Fire on I See Fire - Single by Peter Hollens    
Runner Up Carol of the Bells on Carol of the Bells by Jeff Smith    

Continental Nominations

Best European Album

Winner Weather To Fly by Swingle Singers   
Runner Up No Strings by The Boxettes    

Best Asian Album

Winner Here We Go by MICappella    
Runner Up Uncovered: A Treasure Trove Of Original Works by Key Elements

Best South American Album

Winner BR6 For All by Br6
Runner Up Retrato Brasil by Perseptom   

Best African Album

Winner Ekundungu by Vocal Motion 6 (VM6)
Runner Up Kuzolunga by JustSix

Original Music Nominations

Best Professional Original Song

Winner Morning Light on Bioluminescence by ARORA
Runner Up Run to You on PTX Volume II by Pentatonix        

Best Scholastic Original Song

Winner Elena on Permit to Harmonize by SoCal Vocals (USC) 
Runner Up Brake Lights on Untapped by Last Call (Cornell) (tie)           
Runner Up Alone on To The Point by Beartones (Missouri State U) (tie)

Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) Nominations

Best Contemporary A Cappella League Album

Winner Ain't No Doubt by DeltaCappella   
Runner Up Mandate by Vox Pop   

Best Contemporary A Cappella League Song  

Winner Lonely Boy on Fermata Town Singles by Fermata Town     
Runner Up Sleep on Sleep by Redline     

Scholastic Nominations

Best Mixed Collegiate Album

Winner Equilibrium by Nor'Easters (Northeastern)   
Runner Up Good Life by Pitch Slapped (Berklee)     

Best Mixed Collegiate Song

Winner Tightrope on Permit to Harmonize by SoCal Vocals (USC)
Runner Up We Can Work It Out on Good Life by Pitch Slapped (Berklee)    

Best Mixed Collegiate Solo

Winner Samantha Creighton on Wrong Side of a Love Song on Equilibrium by Nor'Easters (Northeastern)   
Runner Up Segun Oluwadele on Tightrope on Permit to Harmonize by SoCal Vocals (USC)

Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement

Winner Shams Ahmed - Diamonds on Equilibrium by Nor'Easters (Northeastern)
Runner Up Hannah Juliano - We Can Work It Out on Good Life by Pitch Slapped (Berklee)

Best Male Collegiate Album

Winner Helix by Beelzebubs (Tufts)     
Runner Up Ricochet by Octaves (University of Richmond)

Best Male Collegiate Song

Winner Breathe Again on The Album by The Statesmen (Penn State)
Runner Up Never Close Our Eyes on Ricochet by The Octāves (University of Richmond) (tie)     
Runner Up Radioactive on The GP by G-Men (University of Michigan) (tie)    

Best Male Collegiate Solo

Winner Ryan Vona on Breathe Again on The Album by The Statesmen (Penn State)
Runner Up Dan Purcell on The Man Who Can't Be Moved on The Party Upstairs by Ithacappella (Ithaca College)    

Best Male Collegiate Arrangement

Winner Matt Shirer - Radioactive on The GP by G-Men (University of Michigan) 
Runner Up Jim Hogan - Higher on The Album by The Statesmen (Penn State)     

Best Female Collegiate Album

Winner Do Not Cross by BluesTones (JMU)   
Runner Up Runway by Out of the Blue (Duke)     

Best Female Collegiate Song

Winner Coming Undone on Coming Undone - Single by Men in Drag (U Chicago)
Runner Up Lie to Me on Do Not Cross by BluesTones (James Madison U)       

Best Female Collegiate Solo

Winner Nina Beaulieu on Lie to Me on Do Not Cross by BluesTones (James Madison U)      
Runner Up Jordan Miller-Surratt on Coming Undone on Coming Undone - Single by Men in Drag (U Chicago)     

Best Female Collegiate Arrangement

Winner Brianne Holland - Coming Undone on Coming Undone - Single by Men in Drag (U Chicago)
Runner Up Nicola Bertoni - Lie to Me on Do Not Cross by BluesTones (James Madison U)

Best High School Album

Winner Sunny Days by The A Cappella Group (Cypress Lake)
Runner Up Decades by Highlands Voices (Northern Highlands HS)   

Best High School Song

Winner American Boy on Sunny Days by The A Cappella Group (Cypress Lake)
Runner Up Circus on Elevation by Vega (ChaminadeJulienne)   

Best High School Solo

Winner Quinton Thomas on Baby, I'm For Real on Sunny Days by The A Cappella Group (Cypress Lake)
Runner Up Patricia Wilson/Jamie Tofano on Beautiful/I’ll Stand By You on Decades by Highlands Voices (Northern Highlands HS)    

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The 2014 CARA Awards were directed by Julia Hoffman and TeKay.

The coordinators also chose 76 international fans and performers of varied backgrounds to consider each of the albums submitted to the CARAs and to complete nominations. 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!