The R&B industry has reportedly lost one of its diamonds. Singer and songwriter Andrea Martin is no longer with us after 49 years. The tragic news was first published on Monday evening in Andreas Instagram Story.
“Dear family and friends, it is with a heavy heart that we are informing you about the death of our beautiful Andrea Martin, also known as ‘Annie'”, the message says. “Andrea will always be remembered for her passion and dedication to her family and friends. Their influence will be felt and heard for a lifetime. “
Her passion was undeniable, as evidenced by many of her hit records. She pressed her pen for artists like Toni Braxton, Monica and SWV. Songs like “Don’t Let Go” by En Vogue and “Wish I Didn’t Miss You” by Angie Stone are glittering bullet points in her thick résumé. She worked closely with her long-time writing partner Ivan Matias. Ivan also confirmed the news of Andrea’s death on Monday.
“Rest in paradise for Andrea Martin,” said Ivan on a photo of Andrea. “My childhood friend and songwriting partner. She was extraordinary. “
In a separate post, Ivan shared a throwback photo with Andrea. In the caption he expressed his admiration for Andrea and her talent.
“Her spirit has flowed into every lyric and melody she has blessed us with,” wrote Ivan. “Our connection was a divine union. We went to school together and had no idea that we would soon be reunited as partners, co-authors and friends into adulthood. She got the best out of me and everyone she worked with. We laughed, cried, fought and loved. She was a blessing to everyone around her in a way no one will ever know. She taught me about life, love, loyalty and of course music. Her musical genius lives on in the songs that she contributed to the soundtrack of our entire lives. “
At this point, the cause of death is unclear. Andrea’s family has also asked for privacy while taking the appropriate precautions.
“We thank you in advance for your condolences, your love, your compassion and your understanding during this time,” the message reads. “Please limit calls as we are currently trying to make arrangements. As soon as this is done, we will definitely publish the precautions. “
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