Last Updated on October 31, 2023, 12:53 am
Aaron Spears, a Grammy-nominated music producer and well-known drummer nominated in 2004 for his outstanding work on USHER’s album “Confessions,” passed away unexpectedly at the age of 47; his death cause is unknown yet.
His sudden demise left her family and community in shock and disbelief. Spears’s wife released his death news through an Instagram post, with a heartfelt statement that says:
“Aaron was not only an incredibly accomplished drummer admired by many for his unparalleled talent and passion for music, but he was also a devoted father to our precious son, August,” she wrote. “His love, guidance, and warmth were the pillars of our family, and his absence leaves a void that words cannot describe.”
Thoughts and Condolences go out to his family and community; his funeral and memorial services have not been released publicly.
About Aron Spears
Aaron Spears was raised in Washington, DC, attended church regularly, and, as a result, received practical drumming instruction from an early age. After Spears joined the Washington, DC-based Gideon Band, Valdez Brantley, musical director for R&B singer Usher, noticed his ability.
The relationship would be crucial for Spears’ career, allowing him to produce two songs for Usher’s Grammy-winning album Confessions.
Maybe even more significant, Spears’ chop-heavy rendition of Usher’s classic song Caught Up, which, coupled with his wildly successful Behind the Chops DVD, made him known to millions of fans worldwide as one of the best gospel drummers.
Spears accompanied Ariana Grande on her 2017 Dangerous Woman tour as her drummer, which included the horrific performance on May 22 when the Manchester bombing took place. Twenty-two spectators lost their lives in the terrorist attack, while over a thousand more were hurt.
The next day, Spears took to Instagram to reflect on the incident and described the misery that started when Grande’s set ended, saying, “Just as we returned to our dressing rooms after the show, something unexpected happened! We heard folks in a panic.”
Aaron Spears has shifted his career focus to television in recent years. He was Musical Director for season 3 of The Masked Singer in the US and played the house drummer on NBC’s Songland. In 2020, he published the Aaron Spears Drum Notation book, which included transcriptions of six of his most well-known performances.
However, Aron was an iconic personality; his legacy will always endure. His loved ones cherished him and will be dearly missed. Prayers for him; Rest in Peace, Aron Spears.
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