Aaron Spears
October 26, 1976




Aaron Spears...

Aaron was born October 26, 1976. As he grew, so did his passion for the drums and love for music. His parents raised him in a Pentecostal church in DC. That's where he got his first taste of playing with a band. He would sit on the first pew of the church closest to the drums, with his sticks in hand, feigning for his turn to play.

Aaron would finally get his turn at the age of 23, when he hooked up with a local band in DC called Gideon Band (GB). Their music is best described as a fusion of jazz, R&B and rock, serving as the foundation for lyrics spreading God's word. It was with GB that Aaron began to really express himself as a musician and gained the attention of people not only in his local area but also all over the country. It was his work with them and the great timing of one of his mentors, Gerald Heyward, which helped him to gain the audience of Usher's MD Valdez Brantley.

Joining Usher's camp has not only awarded Aaron the opportunity to play with some of the greatest musicians on the planet in the form of Juan "Natural" Najera, Arthur Strong, Valdez Brantley, but also worked with them to produce 2 tracks on Usher's multi-platinum CD "Confessions." Aaron later continued with the "Funk Rock Orchestra" (Usher's Band) as they toured all over the world for the next year and a half. It was on this tour that Aaron began to gain some major attention and found his name in the same sentences with some of his heroes and greatest influences.

Aaron attributes his success first to God. Aaron also recognizes a host of great players through the years who he has looked to as inspiration. Michael Williams, Joel Smith, Jeff Davis, Kevin Brunson, Gerald Heyward, Teddy Campbell, Dennis Chambers, Steve Smith, Vinnie Colaiuta, Simon Phillips, Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl, Chris Dave, Michael Bland, Carter Beauford, Papa Jo Jones, Travis Barker, Stewart Copeland, Paul "Buggy" Edwards, Milton Smith, Steve Gadd, Calvin Rogers, Little John Roberts, Adrian Young, Brian Frasier-Moore, and Nissan Stuart are some of the musicians that have helped to influence and inspire Aaron.



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Bernhard!!!!
Thank you so much...I am floored at how you put it together so quick...I am really honored to see such a thing....I'll talk with you soon....
Aaron Spears




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