The R&B world is mourning the loss of Andrea Martin, whose passing was announced in a statement posted on her Instagram page. “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.'”
Martin was a writer on popular 1990s songs including En Vogue’s “Don’t Let Go (Love),” Monica’s “Before You Walk Out of My Life” and SWV’s “You’re the One,” which all claimed the top spot on Billboard’s R&B chart.
As news of her death began to circulate, a number of Martin’s friends and former collaborators have sent up tributes via social media. “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,” wrote Monica on Twitter.
“So saddened by the loss of Andrea Martin. Not only a talented singer and songwriter but a wonderful person,” said Jennifer Hudson in her own post.
Ivan Mattias, a longtime friend and writing partner of Martin, remembered her as “a blessing to everyone around her.”
“We are all special in some way, but Andrea Martin was extraordinarily special,” Mattias wrote on Instagram. “Her spirit was infused into each lyric & melody she blessed us with. Our connection was a divine union.”
A cause of death has not been released.