Once you've been to the edge...

Sam “Shake” Anderson, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer, started recording and touring at age nine. Shake has worked with artists as varied as Ruben Studdard, Victor Wooten, Ann Nesby, Phil Keaggy, Bruce Hornsby, Static Major, Steve Cropper, B.B. King, Earth Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin, The Indigo Girls, The Spice Girls, Days Of The New, Warren Haynes, Curtis Mayfield, Aaliyah, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. He spent six years as musical director for soul music legends "The Impressions".

Shake has also worked with a great variety of Christian artists such as Avalon, Crystal Lewis, Anointed, Bryan Duncan, Russ Taff, Nicole Nordeman, Donnie McClurkin, and formed the Grammy winning gospel group New Breed with Israel Houghton. As a songwriter he was signed to Warner/Chappell music for six years.

Shake has also worked on many movies and has several gold and platinum albums for his work on Blue Streak, Dr. Dolittle, Boys on the Side and Austin Powers. He has played in some of the greatest concert halls and venues in the world — Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theatre, Symphony Music Hall, Radio City Music hall, The Heinekin Music hall, The Ryman Auditorium and The Buordone Theatre in Frankfurt Germany. Shake now makes his home base Ft. Worth, Texas.

Shake, whose real name is Sammy Louis Anderson, learned the most about life when an illness stopped him in his tracks. He was told he would never perform again and had only several months to live. Life as he had known it was over. While spending more than nine months in the hospital and being told he was dying, he learned who he really was. Not Shake as the world called him, but Sammy Louis as his doctor's referred to him. This crisis in his life taught him what was truly important.

Shake overcame all the odds and rebuilt his life. These songs — chapters — are stories about making mistakes, learning lessons and rebirth.

As Shake says, “Once you've been to the edge, the middle don't matter.”