Roy 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.