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Up & coming artist spotlight: Anderson East

With the potential to take charge of the world of music from his style that has a twist of soul and heartfelt blues, he is bound to leave a huge mark in the music business.  Born and raised in Alabama, he was raised singing gospel and listening to Christian music.  His grandfather was a preacher, so church was a huge part of his early life.  After word spread about his music in Alabama, he eventually met Dave Cobb, who has produced critically acclaimed albums by Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and Shooter Jennings, to name just a few. Cobb was impressed and signed him to Cobb’s newly formed record label Low Country Sound, where he released his debut album “Delilah” in July 2015.  In the spotlight as this week’s Sports & Entertainment Nashville’s Up and Coming Artist is Anderson East.

Anderson East has performed with artists like Miranda Lambert and the Dixie Chicks. PHOTO COURTESY ANDERSON EAST

Anderson East has performed with artists like Miranda Lambert and the Dixie Chicks. PHOTO COURTESY ANDERSON EAST

Michael Anderson is his given name, but he decided to use Anderson East as his stage name early on, and so far it is really working for him. Inspired by musical acts like Michael Jackson and Led Zeppelin, he began to write his own songs at a young age and taught himself to play guitar while writing his own music rather than learning cover tunes. This attitude gave him an advantage over his peers far and wide. He set out to succeed locally and beyond, and he has done so with a quick rise to fame that has already produced successes in his career.

“Delilah” was not his first album – he released two albums prior to recording “Delilah” that became steppingstones for his success.  While performing with one of his earlier bands The Deputies, he released “Closing Credits for a Fire,” which received mild local success. He later traveled to Los Angeles and recorded his second album “Flowers of the Broken Hearted,” which included legendary recording musicians Don Heffington, Rob Wasserman and Waddy Wachtel.  This gave him the credibility to take his music to the next level, and now he is on his way to becoming a superstar in country music with his own style of music.

Anderson East has continued his success through working with musical legends and current hit makers. He frequently performs with superstar Miranda Lambert and is currently on a national tour performing with acts such as the Dixie Chicks and others major artists. He is heading out overseas for an international leg of his touring schedule in late summer 2015.  Check out his schedule and try to attend one of his shows. You will not be disappointed!  You will see a show with enthusiasm, extraordinary energy and soulful songs. If you would like to purchase some of his music, just go to his website, like him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.