Cutting his musical teeth in legendary NYC clubs like The Bitter End and CBGB’s, Bill Maier’s talent as a songwriter and singer have earned him the respect of his musical peers, and rave reviews in local and national publications.
Performing Songwriter proclaimed, “ Bill Maier writes lyrics that touch the heart, …melodies that stay in your head.” Newsday called him “a songwriting sharpshooter…one of New York’s best kept musical secrets.”
After garnering a loyal following and releasing two critically acclaimed CD’s with his band in New York, Maier headed to Nashville at the urging of hit songwriter/teacher Hugh Prestwood after taking his course in Advanced Songwriting at The New School in Manhattan. Since moving to Music City, Maier has released three more CD’s of his own, and tours in support of them, as well as playing regularly at local Nashville clubs including the famed Bluebird Café.
A few song contest wins helped kick open some doors with Music Row publishers. “Little Tin Can” and “When Autumn Leaves” made Maier a two-time finalist in the CMT/NSAI Songwriting Contest, and his song “Could Be” took 2nd place out of more than 20,000 entries in the Billboard Songwriting Contest.
Maier has had songs recorded by an eclectic assortment of singers over the years, from country artists Billy Dean, Tara Thompson, and Kaitlyn Baker, to legendary doo- wop group Randy and The Rainbows, Detroit bluesman Randy Brock, indie alt-rocker Michelle Hemmer, and a host of up and coming indie artists as well.
But no one quite captures the essence and emotion of Maier’s songs like he can himself. Whether he’s fronting the rocking rhythm section of his band Ten Gallon Fat, or dishing out his unique brand of “Acousticana” as a solo, Maier’s deep catalog of well crafted songs and dynamic vocals will tug your heartstrings for a song or two, and have you laughing on the next one. One thing for sure, that voice will surely make you feel something, and he’ll leave you with a smile.
In 2015 Maier signed with Haus International, to compose and produce music for television. He has had over 200 songs featured on everything from “American Pickers” (History Channel), “The Filthy Rich Guide” (CNBC) to “Victorious” on (Nickelodeon). He’s had numerous movie credits as well, including full length feature, “The Good Dad” to award winning independent film, “Something Beautiful,” and several songs in rotation in Tommy Hilfiger stores nationwide.
Maier’s latest CD release, “Bill Maier and The Campfire All Stars” is a return to roots tour de force. Ten years after moving to Nashville, Maier returned to his New York stomping grounds and gathered his longtime bandmates into the same Long Island studio where they recorded their first album twenty years previously, and the results are impressive.
Music News Nashville said, “…Reuniting with his old band equals music magic for Maier, whose boyish joy can be heard throughout this little gem of a southern rock recording… solid story-telling chops as well as tender artistry…Maier is a songwriter’s songwriter.“ We couldn’t have said it better!