Performing Songwriter said, “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 large 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.
His songs have been featured on the TV show “Victorious,” on Nickelodeon, and in the movie “The Good Dad.” He has also had a handful of songs in independent films, and several songs featured in Tommy Hilfiger stores nationwide. Maier was a two-time finalist in the CMT/NSAI Songwriting Contest, and his song “Could Be” took an astonishing 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 and Kaitlyn Baker, to legendary doo- wop group Randy and The Rainbows, Detroit bluesman Randy Brock, indie alt-rocker Michelle Hemmer, and a crop of up and coming indie artists as well.
Maier’s latest CD release, “Bill Maier and The Campfire All Stars” is a return to roots tour de force. Twenty years after releasing their first CD, and 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 had recorded their first album, 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!