Basic Background Info

Birth: October 26, 1976
Location: Washington, D.C.
Band: Gideon Band, Usher/The Funk Rock Orchestra
Genres: R&B, Jazz, Fusion
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


In 2006, Modern Drummer named Aaron Spears their Up and Coming Drummer of the Year. Aaron Spears' work with the Christian jazz-R&B-fusion Gideon Band launched him into the national spotlight.

Aaron Spears was born on October 26, 1976. Aaron Spears' passion for music was obvious at an early age. In Aaron's family's Pentecostal church, Aaron Spears closely observed the church band--the drums in particular. At twenty-three Aaron Spears joined Gideon Band in Washington, D.C. and explored himself in musically. Aaron Spears' personal mentor, Gerald Hayward, introduced him to Valdez Brantley, who worked with Usher. Aaron Spears studied under Brantley and polished his playing under Brantley's tutelage.

Since then, Aaron Spears joined Usher on tour and recorded 'Confessions' in 2007. Aaron contributed to a couple tracks on the album. Aaron Spears toured with Usher's Band (the Funk Rock Orchestra) all over the earth for eighteen months. Then at the Grammy Awards, Aaron backed Usher and soul legend James Brown on stage. Following that performance, Aaron Spears went on to join the American Idol tour.

Before anything else, Aaron Spears attributes his success to God. Aaron also considers these musicians to be especially inspirational: 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.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
2004 Confessions Usher
2004 Confessions (Bonus Tracks) Usher
2005 So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross Various Artists
2007 Joyous Salvation Joann Rosario
2007 Warriors/Worshippers Distinguished
2008 Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns Original Soundtrack
2010 My Life's Lyric DeWayne Woods
2012 Looking 4 Myself Usher


  • Aaron often mocks himself for smiling too much.
  • He sometimes says, "I would say it's all good but I know better...It's all God..."

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Electronics: Puresound
Sticks: Vic Firth

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