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Andrea Martin (1972–2021), R&B singer and songwriter

by Linnea Crowther

Andrea Martin was an R&B singer and songwriter who wrote hits for artists including Toni Braxton, Monica, and En Vogue.

Songwriter

Martin was best known for her songwriting, with hits including “I Love Me Some Him” for Toni Braxton and “Before you Walk Out of My Life” for Monica. Often working with her writing partner, Ivan Matias, Martin also wrote En Vogue’s Soul Train Award-winning single “Don’t Let Go (Love)” as well as Angie Stone’s “Wish I Didn’t Miss You” and Leona Lewis’ “Better in Time.” Also a recording artist, Martin had moderate success with her own singles, “Let Me Return the Favor” and “Share the Love” in the late 1990s. She was a headliner in 1999 on BET’s “Girls Night Out” alongside Monica, Faith Evans, Deborah Cox, and Shanice.

Notable quote

“Sing from the heart. I don’t care if it’s rock, country or whatever, those are the best records that come from the heart. It’s okay to go in the booth and just to freestyle.” —from a panel at the 2011 ASCAP Expo

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