Top Songwriters Come Together For Second Annual Andrew Dorff Memorial Benefit Concert

Photo credit: Bev Moser

This year’s second annual Andrew Marshall Dorff Memorial Benefit Concert raised $25,000 for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and featured performances by many of the late songwriter’s friends and co-writers.

Held at Nashville’s City Winery, the show was emceed by Sirius XM’s Storme Warren and opera singer Daniel O’Callaghan opened the evening with an acoustic rendition of “Danny Boy.” The evening included acoustic performances of Dorff’s songs by Josh Osborne (“My Eyes”), Josh Osborne and Barry Dean (“The Man Upstairs”), Lori McKenna (“Fat Kid”), Lori McKenna and Barry Dean (“That’s How You Know”), Jeffrey Steele (“What Hurts The Most”), Rachel Wammack (“Shipwrecked”), Angela Kaset (“Alone Time”), Frank Ray (“Just For A Minute”), Marcus and Levi Hummon (“Make It Love”), Mark Irwin (“Neon Light”), and Sam Bailey (“Bleed Red”). Chris Janson and Devin Dawson shared heartwarming videos about Andrew and Hunter Hayes closed the evening out with two songs he wrote with Dorff, an unreleased song and No. 1 hit “Somebody’s Heartbreak.”

“We honored Andrew’s talent and spirit while raising money for a cause that was important to him. My family and I can’t thank his friends and the music community enough for coming together for a beautiful night of music and generosity,” said Dorff’s father, songwriter Steve Dorff.

All proceeds went to pediatric oncology initiatives at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Dorff was an acclaimed songwriter with five No. 1s to his credit and over 70 songs recorded by Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Martina McBride, Hunter Hayes, Old Dominion, and more.

Jeffrey Steele. Photo: Bev Moser

Photo credit: Bev Moser

Rachel Wammack. Photo: Bev Moser

Lori McKenna. Photo: Bev Moser


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