Wind Star Album … a dynamic group
Talented musicians with impressive resumes
Chuck Cantalamessa, Lead Singer and Guitarist
Chuck is a native of Uniontown, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Ohio University. He relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after college and began to compose the insightful material that brought him to the attention of Ron and Howard Albert (producers of Crosby, Stills and Nash; Eric Clapton; Firefall; and Harry Chapin) and Jack Richardson (producer of Bob Seger, Poco and The Guess Who).
Several of Chuck’s original compositions were chosen for inclusion in Florida-based compilation theme albums. He also opened shows for Fleetwood Mac, The Outlaws, Stephen Stills, Tom Rush, Dave Mason and Firefall. Featured at premier clubs in South Florida and Pennsylvania, he has also toured extensively throughout the United States and internationally in the Caribbean and Costa Rica.
Chuck now performs regularly at fine resorts and clubs in Western Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, and is reaching a new generation of listeners with his poignant lyrics and dynamic vocal delivery.
Chuck “Trunk” KirkpatrickLead Guitar and Vocalist
Trunk has been in the music business since 1969. He plays, sings, composes, produces and has extensive experience on the technical side of studio recording.
As a studio engineer he has worked with top artists including Derek & The Dominoes, Aretha Franklin, and the Allman Brothers.
In 1977, Trunk and his group Crane were signed to a contract with Capitol Records. Later in his career, he played guitar and did backup vocal work with the Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Meatloaf, America, and Air Supply. It was also during this period that Chuck Kirkpatrick met Chuck Cantalamessa.
In 1983 Trunk became a member of Firefall, recorded two albums and toured with the group until 1987. In 1988, Chuck Kirkpatrick took a position as a staff producer/musician where he did hundreds of jingles and voice overs.
More recently, he formed his own production company to produce jingles and radio spots, which are heard throughout the United States.
Scott “Skitty” Kirkpatrick, Drummer and Vocalist
Trunk’s younger brother, plays drums, sings, arranges and composes. He has recorded with a large number of artists and groups including Tom Chapin, Firefall, Aerosmith, Ivano Fossati (RCA Records), Sammy Spear Orchestra, George Terry (of Eric Clapton’s Band), Wild Cherry, Mike Lewis (Bee Gees arranger), Crane (Capital Records), Don Gehman (producer ofHootie and the Blowfish), The Albert Brothers, and more.
Scott was also a member of Firefall and toured with Roger McGuinn & The Byrds throughout the USA and Europe. He also performed with Chuck Berry, The Platters, Charo, Brenda Lee, Frankie Laine, Johnny Rae, The Shirells, Peter Graves Orchestra, Phyllis Diller and other headliners.
Today, Scott lives in California where he performs and records with San Francisco Bay area artists. He also composes and produces his own music.
Jim “Sudzy” Null, Bass, Harmonica and Vocalist
Jim Null was raised in the Akron, Ohio area. He started guitar lessons at the age of 7, and later studied brass instruments in school. After taking up the electric bass, he had several records that received regional radio play.
At the age of 19, Jim joined country music hall-of-fame artist Brenda Lee’s Band. While in Nashville with Ms. Lee’s band, he recorded with Anne Murray and Jerry Reed. Jim then formed a band that was signed by the Warner Brothers’ Seven Arts label and recorded a song that received national air play and favorable articles in Billboard Magazine.
In the mid 70’s Jim studied the bass violin at the University of Tennessee. In 1979, he received a call from recording artist Stephen Stills. After national tours with Stills’ band Manassas, Jim toured with other bands in Florida. In 1990, he began studying the harmonica, and is now known not only for his signature bass tracks in recording studios, but also for his unique harmonica style.
Jim currently lives in the Tampa area and does extensive recording and producing at several southeast Florida studios.