Country Music Community Mourns Death of Songwriter Andrew Dorff

The country music community has heavy hearts after the loss of acclaimed songwriter Andrew Dorff, known for hits like "Neon Light."

Written by Lauren Laffer
Country Music Community Mourns Death of Songwriter Andrew Dorff
Andrew Dorff, Photo via Instagram

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of songwriter Andrew Dorff, who passed away last night.

The son of songwriter Stephen “Steve” Dorff, Sr. and brother of actor Stephen Dorff, Andrew made his way to Music City in 2003 to pursue songwriting. In 2008, he earned a Top 10 with Martina McBride and the song “Ride.” Since then, he went on to pen hits for Kenny Chesney (“Save It For A Rainy Day”), Blake Shelton (“Neon Light”), Hunter Hayes (“Somebody’s Heartbreak”), Ronnie Dunn (“Bleed Red”) and William Michael Morgan (“Missing”), among others.

Just this year, Dorff was honored with four Million-Air Awards, for one million radio spins each of “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” “Neon Light,” “My Eyes,” and “Save It For A Rainy Day.”

“It is with immeasurable grief that we learn of the passing of our friend Andrew Dorff,” NSAI president Lee Thomas Miller said in a statement. “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. Our sincerest prayers go out to his family. May we all hug each other a little tighter this week and remember that life is fragile. Rest in peace Andrew.”

Since learning the news of his passing, many country artists have taken to social media to express their sincerest condolences over the late songwriter, whose cause of death is still unknown.

There’s a neon light at the end of the tunnel. Rest peacefully, my friend.

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In a time of sadness I remember this video. Praying for Andrews family tonight. @endorffin A video posted by R A E L Y N N (@raelynnofficial) on

Today our music community lost a brilliant writer, lyricist & light. Your music will live forever. @endorffin

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Preds games and the songwriting community won’t be the same without you buddy. You’ll be missed by all of us, Andrew.

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