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MO5AIC is a five-man vocal band from the United States. An innovative vocal collaboration, and combines elements of funk, pop, rock, jazz, R&B, and even opera to create a musical experience produced entirely by the human voice.

The five members of Mosaic are: Joshua Huslig - founder - bass, baritone/ Heath Burgett - tenor/ Corwyn Hodge - tenor/ Roopak Ahuja - baritone, tenor/ Jake Moulton - vocal percussion, bass.

Music without instruments. Vocal band. A cappella. No matter how you say it, the genre of vocally created music has come a long way in the past 10 years. And while its begun to pique the interests of the masses, and while much could be said about the journey of this genre up until now, the more important question for us is, Where is it heading? In our humble opinions, the word A cappella has become sort of taboo. An immediate reference is drawn to specific sub-cultures within the genre, such as doo-wop, barbershop, or collegiate chorus. While all of these forms are great, MO5AIC represents a much different face of the A cappella experience and one that is not easily definable. I suppose thats why we stopped using the word A cappella to describe our sound. Its true we dont use instruments. Fine. Great. Next. We dont use that as a way to attempt to draw distinction. In fact, wed like people to forget about that aspect. For us, the voice is the instrument. Its the raw starting point for the sound. The way the voices are then arranged, tweaked and manipulated are how we define our sound. The way we choose to amplify, or distort, or alter the voice is really no different than how a guitar player might route through a distortion pedal or effects bank. The voice is the block we build upon. So in that regard, we are a sort of hybrid between a band and an A cappella group. At its core we create vocally driven music that could sonically hold its own next to any full instrumentation. Thats what we are. Thats what we do. Vocally Driven Music. But how did this all start? Read on if youre interested. Otherwise, just click on contact and book us already

Ill never forget the day I first heard 7 by Prince. I was in high school at the time, driving my Plymouth Satellite to lunch, when I heard these expansive and somewhat complex harmonies blasting from the radio. In that moment, a strange light turned on in my head. Goodbye basketball. Goodbye mathematics. Hello future. Id realized that the voice can be more interesting than the instruments accompanying it. It was a foray into a new kind of sound. But it was more than that. The voice was the sound. An idea was born. From that point forward, I began studying the use of layered vocals and unique harmony to achieve specific sounds and textures. I became passionate about vocally created music and started searching for it. Take 6, King Singers, AVB, Charles Ives a cappella studies, Anuna and many, many other obscure artists became daily listening for me.

Heres what I discovered. For as complex as it was to create this type of music, it seemed like the genre hadnt been able to honestly stand on its own in a mainstream capacity. While artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Rockapella and occasionally Boyz II Men were delivering vocally created music that would pop up in radio or TV from time to time, the genre always seemed to stay in this sort of niche position within mainstream acceptance. Its somewhat sad and frustrating to me, when the most recognizable a cappella song of all time is Dont Worry, Be Happy, followed closely by The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Why couldnt a group take this sound even further? Was the concept of no instruments truly a limiting factor? I have honestly never believed this. But what I began to realize is that maybe it wasnt the concept that was flawed. Maybe it was just a matter of assembling the correct grouping of individuals, all having the same focus, like-mindedness and skill sets to make it work. Could that correct combination take this sound to the mainstream in a way never done before? Time will tell, but its no exaggeration to say its been an almost 11 year journey up to now. Countless hours of thought and revision on the subject, and test group after test group eventually led to this quirky group you see before you called MO5AIC. While the full biography would be an epic tale (and possibly an epic fail), filled with wonder and non-wonder, to try to give the full story is most-likely a pointless endeavor. So I wont bore you. Instead, Ill just talk about the important stuff! Lets jump around chronologically for a bit, shall we? And a one, and a two, and a

The phrase facelift seemed to be the best way I could describe my intentions. Since my college days Id wanted to rejuvenate and reface the notion that A cappella couldnt go mainstream. Door after door after door seemed to shut, with phrases such as unmarketable or add instruments surfacing to the top. Frustrating as it was, the project gained momentum. In 2004, well into the early years of the concept group, I remember seeing an individual do a beatbox solo at the West Coast A cappella Summit that literally blew me away. I remember thinking at that time, how do I work with him? That beat boxer was none other than Jake Moulton. It was immediately obvious he was on another level. I now understood that this group needed a powerhouse percussionist like that to really push the A cappella sound beyond the stereotype. There are lots of people that can keep a beat with their mouths, but there are few mimics out there. Jake is the ultimate mimic and in 30 seconds of listening to his skill set, you will understand what I am talking about. I am happy and thankful every day to be working with this crazy man. Lets continue jumping.

In December of 2007, we submitted a video to CBS News The Early Show, in their nationwide search for The Next Great A cappella Group. The contest would be judged by our personal idols Boyz II Men. We won. That was truly a surreal moment. Boyz II Men were pioneers in the very genre we were trying to change. Through that experience we gained the respect and mutual admiration from a group wed looked up to. Ill never forget the day when Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men) pulled up his iPhone and started playing one of our tracks. We were on to something.

In 2008, MO5AIC garnered more attention through a show called MTVs Top Pop Group. It was a premise similar to any talent show, but with pop groups, as the contestants. MO5AIC was the only A cappella group, and in retrospect was most likely thrown in for pure entertainment value. We were immediately asked to use instruments by execs and had to fight to keep our all-vocal sound. This reinforced every notion that a cappella was still being viewed as a novelty by most. While the show was ultimately cut-short due to lack of viewership, we won the contest, much to the surprise of these executives whod been insisting we use instruments. This most definitely got some wheels spinning in the minds of those very producers. Ill never forget when one such executive approached me about a spin-off show, but this time using ONLY a cappella groups. I remember stifling a slight internal chuckle. Welcome to the party. Welcome to our world Mr. Producer. This show would go on to become NBCs The Sing Off. (Ironically, we were unable to participate in the show due to our connection to MTVs Top Pop Group, but a small victory took place that day and were ok with it).

Since that time, MO5AIC has opened for such superstars as Prince, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, Stevie Wonder and Jay Leno. MO5AIC performed alongside Joey Fatone for TV Guide Networks 51st Grammy Awards red carpet event, and later for the Academy Awards. Weve comfortably made Las Vegas our home and are currently a featured act at the V Theatre inside Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on the strip. And if you ever happen to be on an RCCL cruise, you might spot us. We occasionally headline aboard the Allure and the Oasis of the Seas (think Titanic x 2, minus the iceberg).

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