R&B Singer-Songwriter Andrea Martin Dead at 49

In Summary

The Grammy winner has penned chart-topping hits including SWV’s “You’re the One,” En Vogue’s “Don’t Let Go (Love)” and Monica’s “Before You Walk Out My Life.”

Andrea Martin, most known for writing R&B classics such as Toni Braxton’s “I Love Me Some Him” and Melanie Fiona’s “It Kills Me,” has died at 49. 

Martin’s death was announced on Monday in a statement posted on her Instagram Story.  

“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,’” the statement 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.” 

“We thank you in advance for your condolences, love, compassion and understanding during this time,” the message continued. “Please limit calls as we are trying to finalize arrangements at this time. Once finalized, we will be sure to post arrangements.” 

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“Forever a legend. April 14 – September 27,” the post concluded. 

Martin was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in 1990.  

In 1995, she contributed to writing Monica’s “Before You Walk Out My Life,” “Hooked on You” by Silk and Adina Howard’s “It’s All About You.” 

Three years later, she released her album The Best of Me. According to Billboard her single “Let Me Return the Favor” reached No. 82 on the Hot 100.  

The New York native’s “Share the Love” peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Dance Charts in June 1999 after being remixed for the clubs. 

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Ivan Matias, Martin’s longtime writing partner, confirmed her death in an Instagram post.  

 “Rest In Paradise Andrea Martin. We are all special in some way, but Andrea Martin was extraordinarily special,” her friend wrote.  

He continued, “Her musical genius lives on in the songs she contributed to the soundtrack of all our lives. Laguardia High School Alumni. Phenomenal Singer/Songwriter. She was one of a kind. The most talented female writer I’ve ever known. Her musical instinct & passion remain unmatched. Gone too soon.” 

Matias and Martin co-wrote En Vogue’s “Don’t Let Go (Love), SWV’s “You’re the One” and Angie Stone’s “Wish I Didn’t Miss You.” 

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In more recent years, Martin has written for Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia and Leela James. 

A cause of death was not revealed.  

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