Steve W. Mauldin began his formal musical training at a very early age while growing up in Greenville, South Carolina, taking piano lessons from his mother, Joan, and touring with the Mauldin Family Singers. The group consisted of his songwriting father Horace L. Mauldin, his accomplished pianist mother Joan, and equally talented younger brother Russell Mauldin.
On June 14, 1972 Steve joined the staff at Mark Five Recording Studios as a professional studio musician, playing sessions for a variety of styles of music. His skills as a musician and arranger served the region as he performed his services for several area studios. In the fall of that year he entered Furman University where he would earn a classical degree in Music Theory.
In 1981, Steve moved to Nashville Tennessee. Within weeks of his arrival he was offered a job playing bass for world-renowned guitarist Chet Atkins, replacing Steve Wariner who left the show to pursue his own singing career in country music. Eventually Steve would work with Ray Price, The Cathedrals, Phil Driscoll, Mosie Lister, Seals and Crofts, Tanya Tucker, Truth, The Drifters, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Kenny Rogers, Floyd Cramer, The Gaither Vocal Band, Pat Boone, and Willie Nelson.
In recent years, Steve has recorded for Richard Marx, David Phelps, Carrie Underwood, Shirley Caesar, Ricky Skaggs, Sheryl Crow, Lynda Carter, Michael Omartian, Vince Gill, Marty Stewart, Martina McBride, Petra, Casting Crowns, Avalon, and Gary Puckett. He was an orchestrator for Dennis DeYoung, (from Styx,) on his off-Broadway musical adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Steve provided music for several of Yamaha Music's Los Angeles NAMM shows including a Tribute To Michael McDonald featuring Ray Charles, Christopher Cross, Patti Austin, Boz Scaggs, Steve Winwood, Earth Wind and Fire, Richard Marx, Jim Brickman, Teddy Geiger, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Isaac Slade and Stevie Wonder.
Steve is actively composing and recording orchestral music for film. He worked on the feature motion picture, Ernest Goes To Jail. One of his arrangements was included in the Oliver Stone film U-Turn, featuring Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, and Jennifer Lopez. Steve also had an arrangement in The Ice Storm staring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. Steve composed music for Pippy Goes to The City, a short subject film distributed by Carmike Theaters, and in 2004, Steve served as orchestrator and supervising copyist for Hoodwinked: The True Story of Little Red Riding Hood, which was a #1 top grossing movie in the nation featuring Glenn Close, Anne Hathaway, and James Belushi. Later that year, Steve served as arranger for CMT’s broadcast of The 100 Greatest Love Songs, featuring Sarah Evans, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, and many more. Since 2005, Steve has composed original music for several short films including Docking Faith, Selling Points, In the Shadow of the Asylum, and The Occurrence.
Steve’s presence in the film community has dramatically increased since 2014. A catalyst in luring music production for film to Nashville, he has served as orchestrator and conductor for four theatrically released films: Against the Sun, The Song, War Room and Woodlawn. Steve composed and recorded the songs of Christina Grimmie for the film The Matchbreaker just weeks before she was slain by a crazed fan. "Christina was a complete joy to work with, a true professional, unassuming and excessively talented. Her death was such a tragic loss for us all."
In 2005, Steve was asked to return to Belmont University's School of Music to teach a course in Computer-Assisted Music Notation which he had first developed and taught in 1994. In addition to returning to his position as an adjunct-instructor, Steve also entered the university as a graduate student to earn a Master of Music Composition degree in classical music. Having completed all of the academic requirements, Steve conducted a recital of original classical compositions performed with a forty-piece orchestra and a thirty-five voice choir. In addition to the Belmont students who participated, members of The Nashville String Machine, four principal players from The Nashville Symphony, and professional singers offered their services to perform this nine-movement suite titled My Life: A Journey of Musical Experiences. In August of 2009, Steve walked the stage to receive a Master of Music Composition degree. Steve now teaches orchestration/instrumentation at Belmont University.
In September of 2011, the Southeast Kansas Symphony commissioned Steve to write and conduct a composition titled The Kansas Suite. The three-movement piece was overwhelmingly received and featured flat-pick guitarist Tim May and his Celtic fiddler wife, Gretchen, in a crossover of symphony and bluegrass music. In addition, the first half of the concert featured Steve conducting a program of his own original classical compositions.
Steve has won the Southern Gospel Music Association's (SGMA) award as Arranger of the Year on three occasions. Since 1986, Steve has served on the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' (NARAS) arranging craft committee casting his vote for the best composer/arrangers to receive the coveted Grammy Award. Steve has been designated a “Lifetime Member” of NARAS for more than thirty-five years of service.
In 2006, Steve was recognized for his arrangements on Dennis Scott’s tribute to Fred Rogers. Songs from the Neighborhood was awarded a Grammy. This recording featured Amy Grant, B.J. Thomas, CeCe Winans, Roberta Flack, Donna Summer and others. In 2009, Steve once again received recognition from the academy for his contribution to the Grammy Award winning solo album by Jason Crabb.
In 2017, The Gospel Music Association awarded Steve with it's highest
award, the Dove Award. For the Sake of Love was voted Best Musical/Choral Collection of the Year.
Steve has been featured in several trade magazines and his work has appeared in the Top Singles charts in Billboard, Cashbox, The Singing News, and others. From all sources he has had twenty-eight #1 singles and remained in the #1 position of The Singing News for a whole year with various artists. Steve has had nine nominations for The Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association (GMA).