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Las Vegas group MO5AIC up for two acapella award nominations

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Amidst the auto-tuning and synthesizers used to make most modern music, acapella doesn’t use anything except human vocal chords. Recognized for their ingenuity through such a challenging, alternative way of making music, Las Vegas acapella group MO5AIC has been nominated for two Contemporary Acapella Recording Awards (CARA).

Starting in 2002, Josh Huslig, Heath Burgett, Corwyn Hodge, Jake Moulton and Roopak Ahuja formed MO5AIC with the idea that it could take on an eclectic array of music and take acapella to the mainstream.

“It’s not your typical acapella barbershop with doowop. We definitely take on a more diverse sound from R&B to jazz to pop,” Burgett said.

Based in Las Vegas, the group does its best to reflect both the transitioning environment they’re from.

“Vegas is changing, as everyone can see. It’s not the sequined, showy place that it used to be in the ‘60s or ‘70s. We want to show one of its new faces,” Huslig said.

“We like to have fun,” Hodge said, “And we want our audience to see that and have fun as well. It makes the show experience that much better.”

Having performed with Stevie Wonder, Donny Osmond and the Pussycat Dolls, MO5AIC is already climbing the ranks within the acapella circle and out. As individuals, they’re inspired by different genres, from Smashing Pumpkins and Soundgarden to Patti LaBelle.

When MO5AIC jumped into the production of their EP 5, they didn’t expect it would be nominated for two CARA awards.

“We were completely surprised,” Huslig said. “We worked on the album for two to three months, but we definitely didn’t expect this honor.”

As the group patiently awaits the April 13 announcement of CARA winners at the three-day Boston acapella festival, they plan on performing throughout the country to spread even more of their acapella charm.

“It’s difficult because we have no instruments, but we want to be the band that breaks through that and really brings acapella to mainstream. We think the industry’s ready,” said Huslig said.

After more than a decade in the business, their journey has been more than just striving for success within a challenging genre. “Do what you love,” Huslig said, “and you’ll find success kinda comes to you.”

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