By 2009, Michael had turned professional and was performing with his band the Deputies, and as Mike Anderson. That same year, he released his first album, Closing Credits for a Fire. A year later, Michael had changed his stage moniker to Anderson East and released an EP, Fire Demos.
As word of mouth spread about Anderson and his music, he crossed paths with producer Dave Cobb, who was at the controls for critically acclaimed albums by Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell. When Cobb launched his own label, Low Country Sound, distributed by Elektra Records, Anderson was brought on board, and his major-label debut, Delilah, was released in July 2015. Delilah peaked at two on Billboard's Heat Seekers chart, with "Satisfy Me" reaching 18 on its AAA chart. In August 2017, East released "All on My Mind," the first single from his second album, the Cobb-produced Encore. Arriving in January 2018, Encore cracked the Top 50 of the Billboard 200, and landed at number three on the Folk Albums chart. East also picked up his first Grammy Award nomination for Best American Roots Performance for "All on My Mind."
East released his first live album, Alive in Tennessee, in May 2019. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi