Everything You Need to Know About Anderson East

Becky Fluke
Anderson East

The emerging artist has been dating Miranda Lambert for almost two years.

Anderson East is taking the industry back in time with his classic Americana sound. The up-and-coming artist fuses rhythm and blues, gospel, and country elements of yesteryear with his soulful voice to create a sound that reveals a love affair with the raw music of the past.

Though Anderson East is just on the brink of his career, having released his debut album Delilah in 2015, he has gained quite a bit of notice because of his relationship with country star Miranda Lambert. Here's a guide to everything you need to know about the rising musician.

His Musical Beginnings Go Back to His Childhood

Anderson East has been involved with music since his early childhood growing up in Athens, Alabama. Because his grandfather was a Baptist preacher, the now-30-year-old singer grew up in the church and was always around music with his parents playing and singing in the choir. 

Later, East began writing his own music at a young age, formed a band, and went on to study music engineering at Middle Tennessee State University before pursuing a solo career in Nashville.

His Musical Career

East has been creating solo work since 2009 when he started self-releasing a number of albums and EPs like Closing Credits for a Fire, the Fire Demos EP, and Flowers of the Broken Hearted. With each collection, East explored a different sound -- be it country, soul, or rock -- to find himself as an artist.

East eventually connected with producer Dave Cobb, who has worked with acclaimed country stars like Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton, and when Cobb formed his own imprint on Elektra Records, Low Country Sounds, he brought East on board. The two worked together on what would become Delilah, East’s major label debut album featuring his unique soulful sound.

Besides Delilah, East also recently contributed to the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack with the sultry track “What Would It Take” and covered Brandi Carlile’s “Josephine” for her charity album Cover Stories.

His Relationship with Miranda Lambert

East and Lambert have been dating since Dec. 2015, several months after she and Blake Shelton filed for divorce. Over the course of their relationship, many sources have said that Lambert has never been happier.

 

Couldn't be more proud of this little lady and the amazing art she brings with her. @mirandalambert

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East has been known to be very supportive of Lambert and her musical career, always accompanying her to award shows, events, and even contributing to her album The Weight of These Wings with the co-writes “Getaway Driver” and “Well-Rested.”

What’s Next

The singer just wrapped up opening for the first leg of Chris Stapleton's tour and plans to join him on the remaining dates later this year after playing a couple festival slots this summer. East is ultimately gearing up to release his sophomore album, which he shared was completed back in April and should be set for release in the near future.