Anderson East

Michael Cameron Anderson[1] (born July 17, 1988),[2] known professionally as Anderson East,[3] is an American R&B musician from Athens, Alabama,[4] who currently is based in Nashville, Tennessee. His song "Satisfy Me" was released in March 2015 and received consistent radio airplay. His major-label record debut, Delilah, was released on the Low Country Sound, an imprint Elektra in July 2015.[5]

Anderson East
Anderson East performing at the Renwick Mansion in Davenport, Iowa
East performing at the Renwick Mansion in Davenport, Iowa
Background information
Birth nameMichael Cameron Anderson
Born (1988-07-17) July 17, 1988 (age 31)
OriginAthens, Alabama, United States
  • Lead vocalist
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
  • Piano
Years active2009–present
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

East went to Athens High School in Athens, Alabama.[6] East wrote his first song, called "Brains," which he played at his 7th grade talent show. Inspired by the musician Ben Folds, East taught himself piano and started writing music in high school.[7]

His grandfather was a Baptist preacher, his father sang in the church choir, and his mother played the piano in church when he was young.[7]

East attended college in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at Middle Tennessee State University, studying to become a music engineer.[8] After completing his studies, he later moved to Nashville.[7]


In the beginning stage of his career, East opened for Holly Williams and ended up playing guitar and singing harmonies with her. At the same time, he worked as a session musician as well as a recording engineer to provide a way to make ends meet.[7][9]

East began his musical career in 2009, self-releasing an album titled Closing Credits for a Fire under the name Mike Anderson.[10] He then began recording under the name Anderson East with the release of an EP titled Fire Demos.[11]

East's self-released debut album, Flowers of the Broken Hearted in 2012,[12] was made up of two records: one record which he recorded in Los Angeles with producer Chris Seefried and session players Charlie Gillingham, Don Heffington and Rob Wasserman, and a second recorded in Nashville with Tim Brennan and Daniel Scobey. The record is 15 songs long, and is made up of two CDs each with their own music genre: The White disc is made up of a progressive soul and Americana vibe, while the Red disc is darker and has more of a rock sound.[13] He funded the record as a PledgeMusic project,[14] with a percentage of the proceeds going to Water Aid, a nonprofit organization that brings water to communities that do not have clean drinking water.[15][16]

East's major label debut album, Delilah, was released by Low Country Sound, an imprint of Elektra in July 2015.[17][18] It was produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton)[19][20] and features a song by George Jackson recorded at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.[5]

In 2017, East appeared on the Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack, performing the track "What Would It Take" which he co-wrote with Aaron Raitere. This particular soundtrack debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200.[21] East also covered Brandi Carlile’s song "Josephine" to be included for her charity album Cover Stories.

On August 15, 2017, East released the first single from his upcoming album Encore,[22] "All On My Mind", which he subsequently performed on October 13, 2017, in an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Personal lifeEdit

East lives in Nashville, Tennessee.[19] On December 28, 2015, Us Weekly and People confirmed that East is dating country singer Miranda Lambert.[23] He co-wrote two songs ("Getaway Driver" and "Well-Rested") with Lambert for her 2016 album, The Weight of These Wings, and he provides background vocals on another song of hers called ("Pushin' Time").[24][25] They have since broken up.


Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak positions
US Folk
US Heat
US Rock
Closing Credits for a Fire
(as Mike Anderson)
  • Release date: 2009
  • Label: Self-released
Flowers of the Broken Hearted
  • Release date: 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Release date: July 10, 2015
  • Label: Elektra / Low Country Sound
7 2 28
  • Release date: January 12, 2018
  • Label: Elektra / Low Country Sound
48 3 5
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended playsEdit

  • 2010: Fire Demos
  • 2011: Transitive Property


Year Single Peak positions Album

US Adult

US Rock
2015 "Satisfy Me" 18 Delilah
2016 "Devil in Me" 29
2017 "All on My Mind" 1 34 35 Encore
2018 "Girlfriend" 5
"This Too Shall Last" 40
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songsEdit

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Rock
2017 "What Would It Take" 29 Fifty Shades Darker: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Music videosEdit

Year Title Director
2016 "Devil in Me"[33] Lauren Sieczkowski
2017 "All on My Mind"
"King For A Day"
2018 "Girlfriend"

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
2018 Americana Music Honors & Awards Emerging Artist of the Year Anderson East Nominated
2019 Grammy Awards Best American Roots Performance "All On My Mind" Nominated


  1. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: Anderson Michael Cameron". BMI. Retrieved October 14, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Happy birthday to Anderson East!". Twitter. July 17, 2015. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Burke, David (September 3, 2015). "Name change means new direction for Anderson East : Go&Do: Entertainment in the Quad-Cities". The Quad City Times. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  4. ^ Barry, Jennifer (September 26, 2012). "Spotlight on Anderson East". Awaiting the Flood. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Dougherty, Steve (July 8, 2015). "Anderson East: Tapping Into a Nashville Soul Sound". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  6. ^ McMackin, Emily. "Extreme challenge: Athens teens push for a skate park". The Decatur Daily. Decatur, Alabama. Archived from the original on December 17, 2004. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d Hart, Jon (June 22, 2015). "909 in Studio: Anderson East – 'The Full Session' – The Bridge". KCPT 90.9 The Bridge. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  8. ^ Jackson, Josh (December 16, 2015). "Anderson East: Southern American Music". Paste. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  9. ^ McCartney, Kelly (July 13, 2015). "A Strong Whole: An Interview with Anderson East". The Bluegrass Situation. Archived from the original on July 16, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  10. ^ Swann, Travis (October 17, 2010). "Anderson East sets out on new music journey". Murfreesboro Post. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  11. ^ "Anderson East". Music City Roots. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  12. ^ Koellner, Amanda (September 18, 2012). "Anderson East – Flowers of the Broken Hearted". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  13. ^ "Anderson East Biography". Sing365. May 8, 2013. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  14. ^ "Anderson East – Updates". PledgeMusic. September 7, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  15. ^ "Flowers of the Broken Hearted". PledgeMusic. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  16. ^ Schwarze, Shanna (October 24, 2012). "Crowdfunding my album: a new way to make music". HLN. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  17. ^ "2015 Country Music Preview: 20 Reasons to Love This Year". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  18. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "Watch Anderson East Perform Forgotten Soul Song at Fame Studios". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  19. ^ a b Orr, Dacey (July 24, 2015). "Dave Cobb and Anderson East Talk Bromance, Nashville, FAME Studios, Chris Stapleton and More". Nashville Scene. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  20. ^ Orr, Dacey (July 23, 2015). "How a bathroom break at The Bluebird sold superproducer Dave Cobb on Anderson East". Nashville Scene. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  21. ^ "'Fifty Shades Darker' Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  22. ^ "Anderson East Details New 'Encore' LP". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  23. ^ Kimble, Lindsay (December 29, 2015). "Miranda Lambert Is Dating Anderson East". People. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  24. ^ Dukes, Billy (November 18, 2016). "Miranda Lambert's new album features love song with boyfriend Anderson East". Fox News. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  25. ^ Schillaci, Sophie (October 17, 2016). "Miranda Lambert Co-Wrote Two Songs With Boyfriend Anderson East on New Album". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  26. ^ "Anderson East Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  27. ^ "Anderson East Chart History – Folk Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  28. ^ "Anderson East Chart History – Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  29. ^ "Anderson East Chart History – Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  30. ^ "Anderson East Album & Song Chart History – Adult Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  31. ^ "Anderson East Album & Song Chart History – Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  32. ^ a b "Anderson East Album & Song Chart History – Hot Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  33. ^ "CMT : Videos : Anderson East : Devil in Me". CMT. Retrieved January 24, 2016.

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