‘The Voices’ album nominated for annual Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards

April 25, 2023

‘The Voices’, the first ever album by Pearl River Community College’s premier a cappella vocal group of the same name, was nominated for Best Mixed Collegiate Album or EP. The album was entered into the annual Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards (CARA) which recognizes the best recorded a cappella music. Additionally, PRCC graduate and current Belmont student Mallory Saucier was nominated for Best Solo for the song ‘Greedy.’

‘The Voices’ was recorded over Mardi Gras break in 2022. The album was produced by Alfredo Austin, an a cappella clinician/producer out of Los Angeles.

“When I submitted our album for the CARA awards, it was really just to see what happens,” said Dr. LaDona Tyson. “We were so proud and honored when the nominations came out. These are the ‘GRAMMYS’ of a cappella.

“To be listed with institutions like Harvard, HOFSTRA, and Northeastern University is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our PRCC students. The bar is excellence and they strive for that in every rehearsal and every performance. We’ve been proud to show what a community college is capable of!”

The Voices for 2021 – 2022 School year (from left): Jonathan Freeman, Anna Reese Arroyo, Gracie Jones, Sam Miller, Devin Lucas, Noah Hartfield, Sarah Harrington, Mallorie Saucier, Taryn Monroe, Hannah McCoy, Nicholas Williams, Belle Moeller, and Gabe Manning. 

Members of The Voices enjoyed the process and are thrilled to be nominated for their effort.

“Being nominated for Best Mixed Collegiate Album or EP is such an honor,” said Hannah McCoy, a member of The Voices. “We recorded this last year, and seeing our hard work pay off means the world to me. I am so thankful and filled with gratitude to be a part of something like this.”

The Voices perform at Spring Variety Concert in 2022

The Voices are recording their second album this month.

The annual Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards (CARA) recognize the best of recorded a cappella music. They are the only truly global a cappella recording awards. Every year since 1992 hundreds of albums are considered in this celebration of the highest quality 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 medium

The 12th Annual CARA Ceremony took place on Sunday, April 16, where they celebrated the nominees and announced winners live.

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Article by Laura O’Neill. Photography by Jacob Cochran.

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