President: Roy Orbison Jr.

Orbison-1853Roy Orbison Jr is a singer and guitarist who lives in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, London and Sweden. The son of rock and roll legend Roy Orbison and music executive Barbara Orbison, Roy Jr has been involved in music his whole life.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on October 18th, 1970. His godparents are Johnny and June Carter Cash. Grew up in England until he was 5. Then in the back of a tour bus on the road with Dad in the USA. The family moved to Los Angeles when he was 14. High school at Crossroads in Santa Monica. Malibu is still his home.

On his 5th birthday, his father called him onstage a concert in London and presented him with a guitar. Soon teaching him “You Are My Sunshine” which was the first song his grandfather Orbie Lee Orbison had taught his father when he was six years old.

At 11 Roy Jr temporarily switched to bass guitar because he wanted to play with his older brother Wesley who already played guitar. However, he only played lead lines on it and his Dad quickly suggested he move back to guitar.

Behind the scenes with The Traveling Wilburys and writing a song with Bono of U2 when he was 17, young Orbison got a “fly on the wall” view of rock and roll that was different everyday.

 

Dylan Altman

  • Originally from the great statdylanaltmane of New Jersey, Dylan has been writing songs and performing in Nashville for over 23 years.
  • He’s had #1 songs for Tim McGraw (“Watch The Wind Blow By”), Jake Owen (“Barefoot Blue Jean Night”) and Jason Aldean (“Take A Little Ride”).
  • Other notable cuts include artists like Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols, Chase Bryant, Eli Young Band and others.

 

Gordie Sampson

  • GS_6.10.16_16Originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada 

  • Grammy award-winning songwriter 

  • Gordie’s hits include Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” Hunter Hayes’ “Storm Warning,” and Eric Paslay’s “Song About A Girl.”

  • Gordie has written songs for Keith Urban, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, and Rascal Flatts as well as many other country performers.

  • In 2010, Gordie started The Gordie Sampson Songcamp to give young songwriters the opportunity to develop their songwriting skills, build relationships with their peers, and promote learning in pursuit of artistic excellence. 

  • Gordie has received honorary degrees from Cape Breton University and St. Francis Xavier University

 

Taste of Country: CMA Awards Best Dressed Pictures

Chase Bryant at the 2014 CMA Awards
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Newcomer Chase Bryant may be relatively new to country music, but he sure knows how to make an impression on the red carpet. Bryant looked oh-so-sexy in a classic three-piece suit by Hugo Boss. We’re certain the suave singer was channeling his inner James Dean from his hair down to his shoes. Tasted and approved!

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People.com: Chase Bryant’s Debut Video Shows He’s Sexy – and Sentimental

10/31/2014 AT 02:15 PM EDT

Chase Bryant‘s video for his debut single “Take It On Back” marks an exciting new chapter in the singer’s life – but it’s also a nod to his past.

It’s no coincidence the storyline of his first clip takes place on a train. The idea was inspired by his grandfather, musician Jimmy Bryant, who passed away from cancer when Chase was a kid.

“My grandfather was super into trains,” Bryant, 22, tells PEOPLE. “He was fascinated by them and collected them his entire life. In fact, when he got really sick with cancer, for his last Christmas, my family and I made him this elaborate running train set with all the works.

“There were railroad tracks by my grandfather’s house but trains didn’t run through there very often. On the day my grandfather died – at the very moment it happened, I kid you not – a huge freight train came barreling down that track. It was so strange, but there was something very spiritual about it. So when I first read [director] Wes Edwards’s treatment for [my] video, I knew this had to be the storyline we chose. In some way, I feel like I get to share this video with my grandfather.”

Still Working Music, BMG Chrysalis Nashville Sign Skip Black

Skip Black Signing Photo
Pictured (Front row, L-R): Alex Orbison, President of Still Working Music; Chelsea Kent, Creative Director of Still Working Music; Kos Weaver, EVP BMG Chrysalis Nashville; Skip Black; Tommy Lee James, CCO of Still Working Music; Sara Knabe, Sr. Creative Director BMG Chrysalis Nashville; Chris Oglesby, VP BMG Chrysalis Nashville; (Back row): Daniel Lee, Sr. Creative Director BMG Chrysalis Nashville; Kevin Lane, Creative Director BMG Chrysalis; Chuck Fleckenstein, GM and COO of Still Working Music

Still Working Music and BMG Chrysalis Nashville have partnered to sign songwriter Skip Black. Black has had cuts for Craig Morgan, Jana Kramer, Tyler Farr, Eric Paslay, and others. He also co-wrote the Top 20 hit “Amen” for Eden’s Edge.

“I’ve had my eyes and ears on Skip for years and couldn’t be happier to now have him join our wonderful and growing Still Working team of writers,” said Still Working President, Alex Orbison. “Skip is a plugged in and wise-beyond-his-years writer who was really already a part of our Still Working family having written often with so many others on our crew-I am delighted to now make this membership official. Welcome Skip and keep it coming!”

Still Working Music’s roster also includes Tommy Lee James, Terry McBride, Red Bow artist/songwriter Chase Bryant, Ryan Lafferty, Matt Nolen and Derrick Southerland.

President: Alex Orbison

Alex Orbison

Alex Orbison is a third generation musician who began his own path in music playing violin at the tender age of three because his hands were too small to fit around the neck of a guitar. With age and bigger hands, Alex eventually moved on to guitar and piano before finding his way to the drums at age eight but Alex always felt that he was a little late to the party because his dad, Roy Orbison, already had had his own radio show at that same age.

Alex joined his first band and started gigging around fourteen. At age 17, Alex took his first real ‘job’ in music, working in publishing for the Don Williams Music Group in Sherman Oaks California; but a year later, he was back on tour with his band Backbone. Backbone was co founded by Alex with Chris Williams, son of legendary songwriter Jerry Lynn Williams, and Alex and the group toured for the next eight years until Chris was tragically killed in a car accident. Alex then spent time bouncing between gigs with a number of local Los Angeles acts before eventually ending up joining Cisco Adler (son of Lou) in his band Whitestarr which, in time, also expanded into a reality TV show. The group disbanded in 2007 and in quiet periods between various new gigs, Alex took time out to study finance.

After three years of finance, Alex turned back to the creative life starting first with finishing a novel he had started writing while on the road with his prior bands. In the midst of this and a few days before the celebration of what would have been his father Roy Orbison’s 75th birthday, Alex’s mom Barbara was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The disease would claim her life seven months later.

Alex had promised his mother that if anything happened to her, he would ‘get down to Nashville and take care of business.’ That commenced with the re-positioning of Still Working Music in 2012 and Alex and his brothers taking the reigns of his father’s recordings and publishing businesses at that same time. The brothers hired on Chuck Fleckenstein to help manage all these endeavors and on the Still Working front, Alex’s first move was to re-sign Tommy Lee James – Tommy had been a Still Working writer from Barbara’s founding of the company. Tommy quickly proved his worth with the delivery of “My Eyes,” his sixth Still Working #1 and first under Alex’s leadership. Since 2012, Still Working has also signed or re-signed seven additional writers and has designs on expanding even further. Still Working’s partner through this all has been BMG – this relationship has both expanded and solidified.

Insofar as Alex’s father’s music is concerned, Alex and his brothers Wesley and Roy Jr, recently co-executive produced a documentary “Mystery Girl: Unraveled” about the last couple of years of their father’s life and career (Alex also directed the film). The Orbison brothers additionally have broad plans for their father’s far reaching music with comprehensive new deals with Sony Music, Universal Music and Kobalt Publishing positioned to partner in this success.

General Manager/Chief Operating Officer: Chuck Fleckenstein

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Chuck Fleckenstein is a 29-year veteran of the records and publishing industries. Starting off in the major label system, Mr. Fleckenstein spent 25 years at a variety of posts at CBS Records, and later Sony Music, in the senior level International, A&R Administration, Business Affairs, and Catalog (Legacy) capacities. While at Sony, Mr. Fleckenstein brought in the AC/DC recorded music catalog and helped make it the best selling rock catalog in the world. Mr. Fleckenstein also managed Sony’s signing of ‘too many to name’ other artists and/or catalogs including Iron Maiden, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Aerosmith, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Sly Stone, Pink Floyd, Sesame Street and Lang Lang. Mr. Fleckenstein additionally designed Sony’s participation in Cirque de Soleil’s “Viva Elvis” show which opened in Las Vegas in 2010. Mr. Fleckenstein ran Sony’s R&B Royalty Reform Program, attempting to fairly re-align seminal recording artists’ royalty compensation and Mr. Fleckenstein also served on the Board of the NOW partnership (Sony, Universal and EMI) – still the record industry’s most successful compilation series.

On leaving Sony, Mr. Fleckenstein served as Senior Vice President at Wolfgang’s Vault, the owner of the world’s largest collection of live concert recordings. Mr. Fleckenstein is presently Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Roy Orbison Music, Roy Orbison Publishing and Still Working Music, the latter being a Nashville based songwriting company whose writers’ songs appear on albums and singles by One Direction, Joe Walsh, Reba McEntire, Celine Dion, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. Mr. Fleckenstein recently produced a documentary film on the last years of the life of Roy Orbison titled ‘Mystery Girl: Unraveled’ – the film was theatrically released in May 2014. Mr. Fleckenstein also works with ‘guitar god’ Steve Vai on a variety of business ventures and Mr. Fleckenstein also manages the New York rock group Hits. Mr. Fleckenstein is also Adjunct Professor at NYU in NYU’s Steinhardt graduate program teaching ‘the business of the record business.’

Mr. Fleckenstein earned a BS from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.