GJ singer’s group wins MTV contest
Central, Mesa State grad Josh Huslig’s Mosaic named Top Pop Group
The phone started ringing off the hook at the Huslig house shortly after vocal group Mosaic won the title of MTV’s Top Pop Group and a $100,000 prize Thursday night.
Josh Huslig, son of Carol and David Huslig of Grand Junction, is a member of Mosaic and a Central High School and Mesa State College graduate.
“It was just amazing to be sitting in my living room seeing my son on TV,” said proud mom Carol Huslig.
Host Mario Lopez announced Mosaic, the only a cappella group in the contest, the winners of the reality show in front of a studio audience on cable TV.
The six-man group thanked America, God, other a cappella groups that paved the way, the judges and the contestants.
“Since day one we’ve really been trying to change the perceptions of a cappella music,” Josh Huslig said during the episode.
It pays to be different.
“The judges were totally impressed,” said Carol Huslig. “They couldn’t believe that they did all those instrument sounds.”
During the contest, Mosaic was even confident enough to sing a Black Eyed Peas song in front of Taboo, a Black Eyed Peas singer and one of the TV show’s judges.
This is not the first time Mosaic has received national recognition. The group won the Boyz II Men A Cappella Quest in December and appeared on “The Early Show” on CBS in January. The vocal group performs and lives in Las Vegas.
Carol Huslig said she couldn’t talk to her son much while the show was filming because the groups were “sequestered” and had their cell phones taken away. They practiced seven days a week for long hours, she said.
“Grand Junction was really behind (Josh). He was a hometown boy,” Carol Huslig said. “He was just a GJ native and everybody really backed him.”