Fellow Writers Honor Andrew Dorff’s Memory At Inaugural Benefit Concert

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The inaugural Andrew Marshall Dorff Memorial Benefit Concert October 17 at the Franklin Theater raised more than $25,000 for the Pediatric Oncology Initiatives at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and featuring performances by some of Dorff’s closest friends and co-writers.

The event was emceed by Sirius XM’s Storme Warren and featured acoustic performances of Dorff’s songs by Jeffrey Steele (“Love Didn’t Love Me”), Lori McKenna and Barry Dean (“That’s How You Know”), Mark Irwin (“Neon Light”), Tom Douglas (“Ghosts on the Radio”), Levi Hummon and Marcus Hummon (“Make It Love”), Rodney Clawson (“All of Me”), Frank Ray (“Tequila Mockingbird”) and Sam Bailey (“Bleed Red”).

Brad Tursi, Matthew Ramsey, and Trevor Rosen of Old Dominion made a surprise appearance during the concert to perform “Save it for a Rainy Day,” and the night concluded with Hunter Hayes performing “Somebody’s Heartbreak” and “Ladders and Parachutes.”

“My goal for the evening was to honor Andrew’s memory and talents with the people that loved him the most and to give back to a cause that was near and dear to his heart. I can’t thank everyone enough for participating and putting together a special night for Andrew and for Children’s Hospital,” said father and legendary songwriter Steve Dorff.

All proceeds went to pediatric oncology initiatives at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to help advance Children’s Hospital’s ongoing mission of compassionate patient care, discovery research and clinical training.

Dorff was an acclaimed songwriter with five No. 1’s to his credit and over 70 songs recorded.

Pictured (L-R): Trevor Rosen, Matthew Ramsey, Brad Tursi of Old Dominion


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