By Tamlyn Canham
The music industry is mourning the death of R&B singer-songwriter Andrea Martin. The 49-year-old wrote hits for singers such as Toni Braxton, Monica, SWV, Angie Stone, and Leona Lewis.
Her cause of death has not been made public as yet.
“Dear Family and Friends, it is with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of our beautiful Andrea Martin also known as ‘Annie’,” a statement on her Instagram Stories read.
“Andrea will always be remembered for her passion and dedication to her family and friends. Her impact will continue to be felt and heard for a lifetime.”
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Singer-songwriter Andrea Martin has died, according to a post on her Instagram story.
She penned RnB hits like En Vogue's "Don't Let Go,” Monica's "Before You Walk Out of My Life," and SWV's "You're the One,” among others pic.twitter.com/FTn5pUrX6r
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 27, 2021
Tributes pour in for ‘Annie’
Scores of people took to social media to pay their respects to the musician.
Singer Monica took to her IG Stories to remember the “legendary” singer. Martin co-wrote her 1995 hit, ‘Before You Walk Out Of My Life’.
“‘Before You Walk Out Of My Life’ has always had a special place in my heart… Now it has a deeper meaning for the incredibly talented songwriter. Rest well Andrea Martin. We love you always,” Monica wrote.
“Before You Walk Out Of My Life” has always had a special place in my heart.. Now it has a deeper meaning for the incredibly talented songwriter. Rest well Andrea Martin. We love you always 🖤 pic.twitter.com/Y4khjWsXaa
— Monica (@MonicaDenise) September 28, 2021
Martin also co-wrote Leona Lewis’ hit single, ‘Better In Time’. The singer thanked her for the “gift”.
‘Last night I sat at my piano & felt drawn to sing Better in Time. I played it through a number of times as it was the only song my heart felt like singing. This morning I woke up to the heartbreaking news that Andrea Martin, who wrote this song, had passed away. I’m deeply saddened that such a light has been lost,” Leona wrote.
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Record producer Drew Dixon described Martin as a “genius”.
“While I was being filmed for @OnTheRecordDoc I introduced Andrea Martin to @EllaWylde, the young artist signed to my new label. I was so excited to be making music with Andrea again. I can’t believe she’s gone. She was an absolute genius.”
While I was being filmed for @OnTheRecordDoc I introduced Andrea Martin to @EllaWylde, the young artist signed to my new label. I was so excited to be making music with Andrea again. I can’t believe she’s gone. She was an absolute genius. 💔🕊#RIPAndreaMartin pic.twitter.com/xQJDmSepXy
— Drew Dixon (@deardrewdixon) September 28, 2021
Here’s a look at what others had to say.
— Sam Cook (@SamCook_7) September 28, 2021
RIP Andrea Martin. Honoured to have made music with you, thank you for believing in me. You will be missed 💛🕊 pic.twitter.com/i9JtGhy127
— 💫 Ryan Nile (@RyanNile) September 28, 2021
When I think about the first moment I REALLY pushed my voice and unlocked hidden tones and textures I never knew existed, it was down to this R&B legend, Andrea Martin ❤🕊
Thank you for your music, your lessons and your guidance.
Rest in everlasting peace pic.twitter.com/z7GjvSDhru
— JermainJackman🇬🇾 (@JermainJackman) September 28, 2021
I cannot believe Andrea Martin is gone 💔💔💔 – one of our best singers & writers of all time. so talented & so full of personality. Rest in Paradise xxx pic.twitter.com/UiatXjdyD1
— Sinéad Harnett (@SineadHarnett) September 28, 2021
"Don't Let Go" by #EnVogue. Also featured on the soundtrack for the film 'Set It Off' (1996). The song was written by Andrea Martin.
May she rest in peace.🕊️🕊️🕊️
— Venus Trap (@Venus_Trap_) September 28, 2021
Some songs Andrea Martin (#RIP) wrote/co-wrote:
"Don't Let Go (Love)" by En Vogue
"You're The One" by SWV
"Before You Walk Out Of My Life" by Monica
"I Love Me Some Him" by Toni Braxton
"I Got Somebody Else" by Changing Faceshttps://t.co/q3DZ6ZTMyN pic.twitter.com/fdz5ocTloF
— I want it all. Vaxxed & 6ft from y'all. (@markchappelle) September 27, 2021
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Main image credit: Instagram/@andreamartinmusic