Songwriter Andrew Dorff, who penned Number One hits for Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and Hunter Hayes, has died at the age of 40. The cause of death and other details remain unknown at this time.
In a Facebook post early Tuesday, Lee Thomas Miller, president of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International), wrote, “Our songwriting community is small and close and this loss will hurt us all deeply. Andrew was a good man and a good friend. He was an elite songwriter at the peak of his life and career.” Numerous artists, including Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Dan + Shay and Mickey Guyton have also expressed their grief on social media.
“Sad to be finding out about Andrew Dorff passing away…,” tweeted Shelton. “Terrible tragedy. Prayers to his family.”
Dorff, the son of songwriter-composer Steve Dorff and brother of actor Stephen Dorff, moved from Los Angeles to Nashville in 2003 and signed with Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville. His chart-topping hits include Shelton’s “My Eyes” and “Neon Light,” Chesney’s “Save It for a Rainy Day,” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” Hayes’ second Number One single and Dorff’s first. Others who have recorded his songs include McBride (“Ride”), Ronnie Dunn (“Bleed Red”) and, most recently, William Michael Morgan, who recorded Dorff’s “Missing,” penned with Mark Irwin and Josh Kear, for his album Vinyl.
In a Music Row profile in October, Dorff said, “I want to keep writing songs that matter. There’s not quite a greater feeling than having a song of yours come on the radio. You can’t help it, you just turn it up a little louder. Having people tell you they heard your song on the radio and it affected them in some way, whether it’s laughing, crying, dancing – that’s why I do what I do.”