Growing up in Helena, Alabama, Caleb Orr found his passion for music at a young age. He and his two older siblings were raised on music legends like Alan Jackson, Van Halen, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. Although he started playing guitar at age six, Caleb only began performing publicly in 2022 when he was 23.
After receiving his GED in 2017, Caleb began taking his songwriting more seriously. His willingness to listen, learn and take advice led him down the path of achieving his dreams.
Inspired by talented artists like Jamey Johnson, John Mayer, Drake White and Justin Moore, Caleb describes his unique sound as “country with a bit of soul.” He released his debut country single “Can’t Break You” on September 29, 2023, which reached #14 on the iTunes Country Chart and #7 on the Play MPE Country Top 20 Chart.
We are so impressed with Caleb's vocals. He has such a distinctive tone that reminds us of Randy Travis. With relatable lyrics like I quit smoking and drinking, drinking and fighting, fighting and hurting, hurting and lying, after all these habits that I’ve broke free, there’s still one that’s got a hold on me, Caleb brings back traditional country music with three chords and the truth. "Can't Break You," produced by Justine Blazer, describes a love story that listeners will be sure to empathize with.
“This song means a lot to me because it’s my debut single and I want it to resonate with people," Caleb explains. "I want to have longevity in music. I try not to limit myself by setting a bar. I like to keep things just as fun and entertaining as possible for me as my audience. I want to go as far as possible no matter how long or what it takes.”
We recently had the chance to chat with Caleb about his life, career and goals.
Hi, Caleb! Thanks for meeting with us today. You recently released your debut single called “Can’t Break You.” What did it mean to you to have your first song reach #14 on the iTunes charts?
It's definitely an honor to be able to debut next to artists such as Jason Aldean, HARDY, and Lainey Wilson. A year ago, when I started this adventure, I would have never expected it to happen. It definitely makes me want to keep working to achieve more.
“Can’t Break You” has a lot of traditional country elements to it. Who are some of your musical influences?
Justin Moore is definitely a big influence. I grew up listening to his music and I always liked the way he could make tradition meet modern. Drake White is another big influence of mine.
If you could tour with any artist, who would you choose and why?
There are countless artists that I would love to tour with. If I had to choose one right now, it would have to be either Eric Church or Justin Moore. These are to artists that have influenced my music a lot. I would love to be able to share a stage with either one of them.
What has surprised you most about the music business?
The willingness of people to help. I would have never made it as far as I have without people to help me and lead me in the right direction. It amazes me that so many people want to help you do well. I assumed I was going to have to figure everything out on my own when I took the leap of faith to become a musician, but that was not the case at all!
What else can fans expect from you in the near future?
I am releasing a Christmas song in November. I am also working on creating an album that I can’t wait for people to hear.
Caleb's upcoming single "Christmas on a Boat," set to be released this holiday season, has already been nominated for "Best Christmas Country Song" by the Holiday Music and Film Awards.