The Nashville community is mourning the loss of singer-songwriter A.J. Masters.

Masters passed away on Monday (Jan. 12) from complications after a battle with prostate cancer. Country station KUAD-FM in Ft. Collins, Colo., which had close ties to Masters, broke the news of his death on Tuesday morning.

At 14 years old, Masters began his music career playing bass in his brother's band. According to Music Row, Masters penned songs for a variety of musicians, including Faith Hill, Randy Travis, the Oak Ridge Boys, Diamond Rio, Charlie Rich, Georgia Middleman and more.

“He was such a sweet and supportive man,” KUAD morning show host Brian Gary says. “He was so kind to everyone who encountered him. We could all learn a lot about how to treat others from the way A.J. lived his life. You will be missed, my friend.”

Masters signed to Bermuda Dunes Records in the 1980s and released eight singles, including 'Back Home' in 1986, which topped out on the charts at No. 48. According to Atom Records, the songwriter had three charting singles, was named Independent Male Vocalist of the Year and was nominated for New Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.

The Boot sends its condolences to Masters' family and friends.

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