About Us

Still Working Music is a publishing company founded in 1990 by Barbara Orbison- music executive and wife of the legendary singer-songwriter, Roy Orbison. Today, Alex Orbison and Roy Orbison, Jr, continue to run the family business. Major artists including Maren Morris, Luke Bryan, Carly Pearce, Tim McGraw, Hunter Hayes, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Conway Twitty, Alan Jackson, One Direction, Celine Dion, Joe Walsh, Faith Hill, Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Gary Allan and many more have all cut songs from Still Working Music’s fantastic catalog and the list continues to grow!

Notable chart-topping hits include Miranda Lambert’s “Tin Man,” Luke Bryan’s “Knockin’ Boots,” Robin Schultz’s “All This Love,” Carly Pearce’s “Closer To You,” Marren Morris’ “RSVP,” Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” and “Untouchable,” George Strait’s “River Of Love,” Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn’s “If You See Him/If You See Her,” Tim McGraw’s “She’s My Kind Of Rain,” Martina McBride’s “Wrong Again,” Diamond Rio’s “Beautiful Mess,” Darius Rucker’s “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” and Brooks & Dunn’s “Play Something Country.”

Still Working Music writers have seen international success with smash hits around the globe such as Dutch DJ Oliver Heldens’ “Summer Lover,” German artist Robin Schultz’s “All This Love,” Australian artist Conrad Sewell’s “Life,” two cuts on the 7x platinum One Direction album Take Me Home, and a #1 hit in 17 countries with the Lost Frequencies’ remix of “Are You With Me.”

Still Working Music is based in Nashville, TN and proudly partners with BMG, Kobalt, and Big Deal, among others.


Recent Releases:

Luke Bryan “Knockin’ Boots” – Gordie Sampson

Carly Pearce “Closer To You” – Gordie Sampson

Robin Schulz featuring Harloe “All This Love” – Tommy Lee James

Oliver Heldens featuring Devin and Nile Rodgers “Summer Lover” – Tommy Lee James

Maren Morris “RSVP” – Jon Randall

Caylee Hammack “Family Tree” – Gordie Sampson

Hunter Hayes “Heartbreak” – Gordie Sampson

Seaforth “Good and Gone” – Gordie Sampson

Fairground Saints “California” – Dylan Altman

Kip Moore “The Bull” – Jon Randall

Clare Dunn “More” – Jon Randall, Gordie Sampson

Chad Brownlee “Dear Drunk Me” – Gordie Sampson

Ashley Monroe “Hands On You” – Jon Randall

Scott Helman “Hang Ups” – Gordie Sampson

Travis Denning “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs” – Jon Randall

Kenny Chesney “Pirate Song” – Jon Randall

Tenille Townes “Jersey On The Wall” – Gordie Sampson

Jerrod Niemann “Old Glory” – Lance Miller

Rachel Reinert “All We Have” – Rachel Reinert

Stafford Bros. & Moska “Wolf” – Tommy Lee James

Miranda Lambert “Tin Man” – Jon Randall



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.


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

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.

CCO: Tommy Lee James

Tommy Lee James

  • Originally from Roanoke, VA.
  • Tommy has 7 #1 Songs including “She’s My Kind Of Rain” Tim McGraw, “Wrong Again” Martina McBride, “What I Really Meant To Say” Cyndi Thompson, “If You See Him/If You See Her” Reba/Brooks and Dunn, “A Man This Lonely” Brooks And Dunn, “And Still” Reba, and most recently “My Eyes” Blake Shelton feat. Gwen Sebastian
  • Other Top Ten radio singles: “Bleed Red” Ronnie Dunn, “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful” Gary Allan, “Let’s Be Us Again” Lonestar, among others.
  • #1 in the UK with Pixie Lott for “All About Tonight”
  • Has had songs performed by Taylor Swift, two songs on the 6x platinum album Take Me Home by One Direction, Celine Dion, The Pussycat Dolls, Rascal Flatts, Delta Goodrem, Rascal Flatts, Gary Allan, 98 Degrees, Lonestar, among many others