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Bill Filipiak is a singer / songwriter as well as video director with an affinity for roots and Americana music. His first album "Put The Top Down" received airplay on Americana radio stations across the US as well as a friendly home on blues radio programs throughout the United Kingdom. Bill just released his sophomore album "Brand New Me" in April of 2020 and says the album reflects the direct inspirations from artists he's met over the past year. "It's impossible to be around the likes of Ray Wylie Hubbard, Larkin Poe or Hayes Carll and not be influenced by their incredible approach to writing. They are about as true to themselves as any artist I've met and reminded me that the secret to writing is being honest and vulnerable."
In addition to his own music, Bill has been filming independent artists for the past twenty years having directed videos for a list of artists that includes Sarah Jarosz, Steep Canyon Rangers, Lee Ann Womack, Molly Tuttle, Kathy Mattea, Bryan Sutton, Caroline Spence, Chris Stapleton, Liz Longely, Maggie Rose, Brian Wright, Meiko & Don Williams.
Most recently, as a producer for Opry Entertainment, Bill has interviewed and filmed artists such as Charley Crockett, Margo Price, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Marcus King, Trace Adkins, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Kevin Bacon, William Shatner, Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Charlie Daniels and Travis Tritt to name a few. Through his association with Opry Entertainment Bill has also been part of a team that has been responsible for the production of a number of series airing on the new Circle TV network.
A native of Buffalo, NY, Bill's career started in radio. He studied Communications at SUNY Fredonia and interned at WKBW radio. He moved to Los Angeles after graduation and worked for stations like KLSX, KRLA, KMNY and others before landing at KZLA/KLAC. He eventually landing in the position of Creative Director for Premiere Radio Networks in Los Angeles where, along with his CD duties, he wrote and produced parody songs for the company's comedy networks.
His love of sound and music led him to his first job in television working as a 2nd engineer on shows like Super Mario Bros. and Legend of Zelda. He'd later land in the music editor's chair for a slew of Saban Entertainment & Fox Kid's programming including V.R. Troopers, Kids From Room 402, Princess Sissi and Eagle Riders.
After moving from Los Angeles to Nashville, Bill worked for Film House writing and producing radio / television spots and once again leading creative. And after a season producing the pre-game show and working as a game broadcast associate producer for the NHL's Nashville Predators franchise he landed as the Creative Director for cj Advertising. A few years after running his own production company, "Thinking Bee," with partner Jo Hunt, he returned to cj Advertising sliding into the interactive arena before joining the Opry Entertainment team as a producer / director.
"Bill is a bright light on the Americana Music Horizon with sharp lyrics, deft delivery and playing and saying things in new ways. Watch him go!"
Ernie Hopseker - Ocean Beach Radio
"This is great sounding music! If you could make a road map to the music I play on my show, your tunes fit perfectly!"
- Brian Bourgoin / 90.9 - WCNI
"A talent like Filipiak doesn't’ develop overnight. As someone who has been writing music for over twenty years myself I can appreciate a musician who wants to reinvent himself and keep pushing into new territory. This is a great album from a real pro. Take a listen."
- Matt Jensen / DivideAndConquerMusic.com
"Bill Filipiak has a skillful handle on his songwriting and his vocals have that enigmatic and tender style that is sensitive and timeless."
- The Blues and Roots Music Blog
"Filipiak's album is a collection of organically arranged and produced excellence with lyrics that touch us where we live."
- iTunes review