Anderson learned to sing and play guitar at 11 years old. He is the grandson of a southern Baptist preacher while his mother played piano in the church. After spending much of his time touring and engineering records he was discovered by Dave Cobb at the Bluebird Cafe.
His debut album on Low Country Sound / Elektra entitled Delilah was released on July 10th 2015. Before the release East started touring nationally in January 2015 as direct support for Sturgill Simpson. In addition to his own sold out headline shows he has toured with Brandi Carlile, The Lone Bellow, Jason Isbell, and John Butler Trio. "Satisfy Me" was the first single released off the record. It instantly went top 10 viral on spotify and received regular radio airplay. NPR music called Delilah a " "¦eclectic, fully formed debut album." Daytrotter wrote "It's one of those 10-song records that's damned near perfect, traveling through the old, smoky bars of older days and down the twisted back roads of love." On July 15th 2015 East made his television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers and also appeared on CBS This Morning Saturday in support of his album.