"Anything that was keeping me mostly out of trouble, something that they could obviously see I had passion for, they were incredibly supportive in it."4.
His family is also heavily into music: His mother played the piano and his father sang in the choir at their church.
After releasing his first album under the name Mike Anderson in 2009, he decided to officially change his stage name to Anderson East in 2010 with the release of his EP titled 2.
He's a Nashville man: Born and raised in Athens, Alabama, he later attended college at the Middle Tennessee State University where he studied music engineering. "It was where music was being made," he told magazine about Music City.
He credit Michael Jackson's as the spark that encouraged him to study musical production.6.