There exists an entire community of music-makers that dedicate their time and/or careers to making music with nothing but the human voice. This community has grown enormously over the past three decades and now includes lovers of all kinds of music, united in the common goal of expanding the horizons of what can be produced without instruments.
Recorded a cappella has an appeal all its own. By taking what can be captured in live performance, and using studio techniques similar to those used by the biggest stars of today, a cappella music - be it classical, jazz, rock, or hip-hop - has reached a new height. As the industry of recorded a cappella grows, our music form is reaching new fans and inspiring new singers daily.
The annual Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards (CARA) recognize the best of recorded a cappella music. We are the only truly global a cappella recording awards. Every year since 1992 hundreds of albums are considered in this celebration of the best a cappella recorded around the planet.
The CARA mission reflects that of its parent organization, the Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA) : we aim to reward artists that create outstanding work and to promote innovation, creativity, and continued growth of the a cappella modality. Furthermore, we aim to foster the a cappella community by having its best and brightest participate in the CARA nomination and judging process. Finally, we use our application process as a means to provide resources to charitable programs such as Tunes to Teens .