|Posted on March 26, 2015 at 8:10 AM|
I am extremely late announcing this on my blog, but this is noteworthy. Each year, The Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA) takes submissions from all over the planet for the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards. The CARAs are the "A Cappella Grammys" voted on by members of the society. I have participated as a voter the past several years. The CARAs this year contain 36 categories celebrating recording achievements in all-vocal music of all kinds, including high school, collegiate, Contemporary A Cappella League, and professional performers, arrangers, and songwriters.
My part-time professional a cappella group, KeyStone A Cappella, spent a huge amount of time, effort and money producing a full album and a holiday EP in 2014. Our debut album, "Unlocked", was nominated alongside our friends Fermata Town from Boston for Best Contemporary A Cappella Leauge Album. Amy Howe's fantastic reimagination of Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4" was nominated for Best Non-Scholastic Arrangement and Best Contemporary A Cappella League Song.
Our holiday EP "Ugly Sweaters" was nominated for Best Holiday Album. Amy's clever tech-laden reworking of "Santa Baby" was nominated for Best Humor Song. And my arrangement of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was nominated for Best Holiday Song. "Ugly Sweaters" also received strong reviews from the Recorded A Cappella Review Board, earning a rating of 4 out of 5.
I am particularly proud of the holiday nominations, as that category is one that is world-wide and this year includes nominations for Committed, who were the winners of The Sing-Off television program in season 2.
The CARAs are announced in a live red carpet event and awards banquet at the Boston Sings A Cappella Festival, which is coming up soon. Sadly, I can't afford to attend this year, but KeyStone will be represented. Even if KeyStone does not win any of these six awards, the nominations are flattering, and the groups we are nominated with have all produced some great material this year.
We don't have any plans to record again anytime soon, but I personally want to work on some arrangements to push the envelope in the days to come. There are ideas in the works, and hopefully some of them will see the light of day by late 2015.
Thank you to everyone who has supported KeyStone, especially those who backed our Kickstarter campaign and those who have been in our corner since our inception in 2011.