The Swingles, OneVoice Big Winners At 2018 CARA Ceremony

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On a glamorous Sunday afternoon at The Rockwell in Somerville, Massachusetts, the best of recorded a cappella was honored at the seventh annual CARA Live Ceremony. 

For the first time ever, nominees and fans from around the world were able to watch the ceremony live online. You can catch it again here:

While many groups were honored, a few standouts took home several awards, including The Swingles, OneVoice, The Nor’Easters, and Pitch Slapped.

The Swingles won Best Folk/World Album and Best European Album for Folklore. The original track “Unmade” from Folklorewritten by Edward Randell, also won Best Folk/World Song.

OneVoice went into the weekend with ten nominations and took home Best Holiday Album (This Christmas), Best Religious Song and Best High School Song (“Sun” from Elemental), as well as runner-up for Best Religious Album (This Christmas), Best High School Album (Elemental), Best High School Solo (Katherine Ann Mohler on “Islands” from Elemental). These awards make the group the second-most honored group of the last five years, behind three-time Grammy winner Pentatonix.

Pitch Slapped’s Isaiah Thomas won Best Mixed Collegiate Arrangement for “Beggin’ & Pleadin” from Complexion. The song was also runner-up for Best Mixed Collegiate Song. The full album was runner-up for Best Mixed Collegiate Album. Top honors in that category went to The Nor’Easters for COLLECTIVE (Vol. 1). Complexion did take home Best Pop Album, “Back Pocket” won Best Funk Song, and “The Way” was runner-up for Best R&B Song.

In addition to Best Mixed Collegiate Album, The Nor’Easters also won Best Holiday Song for “Carol of the Bells” and received Runner-Up for Best Classical/Traditional Song for "715 - CRΣΣKS.”

See the full list of winners on the CASA website.

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