Star owes much of her musical training to her mother Dottie, who performed as a professional singer in New York City as well as filling her church and home with her singing at the piano. Star was an acclaimed violinist as being as well as being proficient in four other instruments until a traumatic brain injury deprived her of her abilities in those instruments. However, it did not deprive her of her unique and endearing voice, nor her resilient and joyful spirit. Star’s singing is powerful and passionate, a rare gift which enthralls her audiences each and every time she performs. Star co-founded StarAlliance with her husband Jim, with whom she resides in Mesa, AZ.
Maureen grew up in a musical family in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her father was a classical pianist and her mother sang in the opera. She took piano lessons in her younger years, then switched to guitar in her teens. She sang in church, school choirs, and stage musicals for fun. As an adult, Maureen has sung in The Loveland Gospel Choir, The Orange County Gospel Ensemble, Living Sacrifice, and Calvary Chapel worship teams. She has also toured Southern California in prodigious Top 40, classic rock, and R&B dance bands: Jump Drive, Pearl FX, and The Groove Allstars, playing casinos, corporate events, & nightclubs. Since moving to Arizona, Maureen has been the Music Director at Luke Air Force Base Chapel, and a music teacher at Great Hearts Academies. She joined StarAlliance in 2021.
Jim first picked up a guitar at the age of 14, and in a few short years became a prodigious talent in the Southern California rock ‘n’ roll scene. On a clear path to success, he chose rather to focus his energies on raising his two beautiful daughters in the Pacific Northwest. However, his gift always made room for him to perform in countless church and cover bands. Jim is a highly versatile guitarist, thrilling audiences with note-for-note renditions of some of the most iconic guitar solos ever written, as well as being a talented vocalist. Jim’s gift of visionary leadership is demonstrated as the band’s business owner, manager, leader, agent and marketing guy. Jim resides in Mesa with his lovely bride and co-founder, Star Lynn.
Butch Bobcat has been playing guitar & bass for most of his life & has been playing professionally for about 2 decades. Starting out learning the blues at 9 years old, he had a hunger for more knowledge. After a few years of learning songs from various guitar magazines & books, he learned that one of his favorite guitarists, Randy Rhoads, played classical. That inspired Butch to study classical guitar throughout his teens. His love for all types of music propelled Butch to learn as much as he could about every style & genre ultimately giving him the versatility to effectively join almost any situation with knowledge & confidence. Over the years, Butch has been involved with several bands that have achieved moderate success, with several national tours & recorded singles having received regional, national, & even international radio airplay, Butch is no stranger to the music industry. He has also done live session work with both guitar & bass for most of his music career. Through his efforts, hard work, & dedication to his craft, Butch Bobcat has had the privilege of sharing the stage with some of the most well-known national & international acts over the years. He has come to be known as a high energy & very entertaining live performer. Currently playing bass & singing in the band StarAlliance, Butch has also honed his skills as the band's sound engineer.
Ken grew up in northern New Jersey and started playing piano and drums in school and in local bands at a fairly young age. As he grew older he started gigging in New York City, which later became his home. Ken studied at the renown 'Drummers Collective' where he is a lifelong member. After paying his dues playing live gigs, performing on Broadway and in the recording studio, he became the Technical Director and Staff Drummer at The Power Station/Avatar Studios, Tony Bongiovi's world famous recording facility in downtown Manhattan. Ken worked on projects with Journey, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Meat Loaf, U2, Black Crowes, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Tony Bennett, Sheryl Crow, Nile Rodgers and countless movie soundtracks. Ken spent the next 16 years at The Power Station/Avatar and as a fixture in the NYC recording industry. Ken joined StarAlliance in 2021 and resides in Surprise, Arizona.
Jim and Star moved to Arizona from eastern Washington in January of 2020 with ideas of enjoying a semi-retired life in the beautiful sunny weather and serving as volunteers in a local church music ministry. Soon it became clear that their mission was to be forming a cover band that would be a positive and encouraging force in what was becoming a very difficult season in our world. In faith, and against the odds in a market that was quickly locking down, they began to build anyway.
With a clear vision, and despite the naysaying of many, they never doubted; they were undaunted and worked tirelessly to polish their craft and to find just the right people to join them; those who had the same work ethic as well as the same faith in the success of this effort. Many came alongside for a season and helped build, until finally the magic happened, and the perfect team was formed.
Truly motivated by love, StarAlliance is realizing their dream of bringing joy and laughter to their community through their music and their message of encouragement. Their greatest reward is seeing people sing, laugh and dance to their favorite songs, and find a joyful respite from today’s challenging world.