Hometown boy sings his heart out with Mo5aic; concert Dec. 8
WHAT: Mo5aic — a five-man a cappella group
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 8
WHERE: Colorado Mesa University Brownson Arena in the Maverick Center
COST: Adults $20 advance, $25 at the door; students with ID $15 advance, $20 at the door; VIP tickets $35
INFO: online at monumentalevents.com; 1-800-626-8497
There’s something powerful about the simplicity of the naked singing voice.
“You can’t hide anything — it’s just you,” said Joshua Huslig, founder of the five-man a cappella group Mo5aic, who will perform Sunday, Dec. 8, at Colorado Mesa University’s Brownson Arena.
Concert-goers may wonder where the “band” is as they watch and listen to the sounds of drum, bass, horn and guitar — created by the group using only their voices.
“Basically, it’s tone and pitch,” and “years and years of practice,” said the group’s manager Landon Balding. “It’s quite astounding.”
Mo5aic tours throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Mexico, Central America and overseas.
When not traveling, Mo5aic is a nightly headline act at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (where Elvis Presley performed). The group is kicking off this current tour in Huslig’s hometown — first at the Parade of Lights on Saturday, followed by the Sunday show at the college.
Huslig graduated from Central High School in 1995, where he sang in choir along with Balding.
He then graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a degree in opera and musical theater.
“Josh could do Broadway, choral, opera, theatre and he did it all well,” said college mentor Jack Delmore, CMU director of voice and vocal performance. “He also loved theory, and arranging. He found his niche by going into a cappella.”
Long family road trips with a cappella music playing on the car stereo made an impression on the young Huslig.
“I was fascinated with that sound,” he said. “That’s where it started.”
Sometimes, his family — who all play musical instruments — would sing together. Huslig then began gathering friends together for impromptu singing sessions.
“Growing up, I’d hear these lavish harmonies in my head — I thought it was normal,” Huslig said.
It was in college where he began to “unlock the music” in his brain, he said.
After graduating, Huslig worked for Walt Disney World in Florida, where he sang in Vibe, an a cappella group, and later was cast as Gaston in Disney World’s ongoing musical theatre production of “Beauty and the Beast.”
Huslig formed the original Mosaic in Florida in 2002, later changing the name to Mo5aic when it became a five-member group.
The vocalists perform a cross-section of original songs plus well-known songs by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Black Eyed Peas and Queen. Their album “Re5et” includes four songs written by Huslig.
A few years ago Mo5aic won MTV’s Top Pop Group and were semi-finalists on America’s Got Talent.
Last year in Grand Junction, the group performed two sold-out shows at the Avalon Theatre. Huslig said he’s looking forward to performing in his hometown again.
“I love it, coming back and sharing what I’ve been up to for the last 10 years of my life,” he said.
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