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A junior officer attached to USS Austin has been selected to receive the award for “Country Single of the Year” for his song “Angel” Nov. 9 at the Los Angeles Music Awards.
Lt. j.g. Jared R. LoStracco, 25, from Nacogdoches, Texas, performed for servicemembers in May prior to a USO concert while his ship was moored at the U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay to support Operation New Horizon.
“The head of MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) for the base, Craig Basal, heard me play, thought it was good, and while we were there set up a night at the Officer's Club so I could play,” said LoStracco.
Al Bowman, the executive producer for the Los Angeles Music Awards, was at the ‘Gitmo' Officer's Club that night and heard LoStracco play. “He heard me play and asked me for a CD of my original work,” said LoStracco. Later that evening Bowman invited LoStracco to Hollywood to be presented with an award at the Los Angeles Music Awards.
Defend America - U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Jared R. LoStracco