Songwriter and record producer, Andrea Martin, has passed away, she was 49 years old. Her cause of death is not yet known.
Some of the artists she wrote songs for include En Vogue and SWV. She also worked with Angie Stone
She had two UK number ones in the early 2000s with Blu Cantrell’s Breathe featuring Sean Paul and Tomcraft’s Loneliness.
Martin also released her own music including album The Best of Me in 1998. But it was En Vogue’s Don’t Let Go (Love) that gave her her greatest commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic, making it to number two in the US and number five in the UK.
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She was also behind Another Level’s Be Alone No More, which got to number six in the UK 1998, and Leona Lewis’s Better in Time, which reached number two in 2008. And Martin worked with X Factor winner Alexandra Burke on her 2009 debut album, Overcome.
Ivan Matias, her old schoolfriend and longtime songwriting collaborator, posted a tribute on Instagram.
He described their connection as a “divine union”, adding that “she was the most talented female writer I’ve ever known”.
He wrote: “Her musical instinct and passion remain unmatched. Gone too soon.”