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Usher, the R&B superstar, attended the funeral of his longtime friend and drummer, Aaron Spears, who died at 47 on October 30. Usher paid tribute to Spears, who worked with him on his Grammy-nominated album “Confessions”, and shared his memories and emotions on social media.
The funeral was held on Saturday, November 4, at the New Hope Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Among the attendees were Spears’ wife, Jessica, and son, August, as well as other musicians and celebrities who collaborated with Spears, such as Ariana Grande, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, and more.
Usher sang “Amazing Grace” and “You Got It Bad” in honor of Spears, while Grande performed “Thank U, Next” and Bieber sang “Sorry”. The songs were chosen to reflect Spears’ musical versatility and influence, as well as his personal relationships with the artists.
Usher also delivered a heartfelt speech, in which he praised Spears as one of the best drummers in the world and a loyal friend. He recalled how they met in 2003, when Spears auditioned for Usher’s band, and how they became close over the years. He said that Spears was like a brother to him, and that he always supported him through his highs and lows.
Usher also thanked Spears for his contribution to his career, especially for his work on the album “Confessions”, which sold over 10 million copies and won three Grammys in 2004. He said that Spears was the backbone of the album, and that he brought out the best in him as a singer and a performer.
Usher then broke down in tears, as he expressed his grief and sorrow for losing Spears. He said that he was still in shock and disbelief, and that he wished he could have spent more time with him. He said that he missed him dearly, and that he hoped he was at peace.
Usher also shared his speech and some photos and videos from the funeral on his Instagram account, where he has over 10 million followers. He captioned the post with a heartfelt message, saying:
“Today, I said goodbye to my friend, my brother, my hero, my motivator, Aaron Spears. Words can’t describe how much I love you and how much I miss you. You were the best drummer, the best musician, the best person I ever knew. You touched so many lives with your talent and your spirit. You made me a better artist and a better man. You were my confidant, my confessor, my confessor. You were always there for me, no matter what. You never judged me, you never doubted me, you never gave up on me. You always believed in me, you always encouraged me, you always inspired me. You were my rock, my soul, my heart. You were everything to me. I can’t imagine a world without you. I can’t imagine a stage without you. I can’t imagine a song without you. You were my music, you were my life. You were my everything. I will always love you, I will always remember you, I will always honor you. Rest in peace, my brother. I’ll see you again, someday. Until then, I’ll keep you in my prayers, in my thoughts, in my dreams, in my heart. You are my angel, you are my legend, you are my confessions. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love you, I love you, I love you. #RIPAaronSpears #ConfessionsForever”
The post received over 2 million likes and thousands of comments from fans and celebrities, who expressed their condolences and support for Usher, and their admiration and respect for Spears. Some of the comments were:
- “I’m so sorry for your loss, Usher. Aaron was an amazing drummer and a wonderful person. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and loved him. Sending you love and prayers. Stay strong, brother. #RIPAaronSpears”
- “Wow, this is so heartbreaking. I can’t believe Aaron is gone. He was such a talented and humble guy. He played with so many great artists, and he always gave his best. He was a legend in the industry, and a role model for many aspiring musicians. He was also a kind and generous soul, who always had a smile on his face and a joke on his lips. He was a joy to be around, and a friend to all. I’m honored to have worked with him and to have known him. He was a blessing to this world, and he will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, Aaron. You are in a better place now. #RIPAaronSpears”
- “This is so beautiful, Usher. You and Aaron had a special bond, and you made some amazing music together. Confessions is one of my favorite albums of all time, and I still listen to it every day. It’s a masterpiece, and it wouldn’t be the same without Aaron’s drums. He was a genius, and he brought so much energy and emotion to every song. He was also a great person, and he always showed love and respect to everyone. He was a true friend, and he always had your back. He was your brother, and he loved you. And you loved him. And we love you. And we love him. And we are here for you. And we are here for him. You are not alone, Usher. We are with you. We are with him. We are with you both. #RIPAaronSpears #ConfessionsForever”
Funeral was a celebration of Spears’ life and legacy
The funeral was a celebration of Spears’ life and legacy, as well as a farewell to a beloved friend and colleague. The New Hope Baptist Church was filled with music, laughter, tears, and prayers, as the attendees paid their respects and shared their stories and memories of Spears.
The service began with a video montage of Spears’ career highlights, featuring clips of him playing drums with various artists, performing on stage, and giving interviews. The video also showed some of his personal moments, such as his wedding, his son’s birth, and his family vacations. The video ended with a message from Spears, recorded before his death, in which he thanked everyone for their love and support, and said that he was happy and fulfilled.
The video was followed by a series of speeches from Spears’ family, friends, and collaborators, who spoke about his impact on their lives and on the music industry. Spears’ wife, Jessica, spoke first, and thanked everyone for coming and honoring her husband. She said that Spears was her soulmate, her best friend, and her partner in everything. She said that he was a loving and devoted father to their son, August, who was his pride and joy. She said that he was a generous and compassionate person, who always helped others and gave back to the community. She said that he was a man of faith, who trusted God and lived by His word. She said that he was a visionary, who had a passion and a purpose for his music. She said that he was a legend, who left a mark on the world and inspired millions of people. She said that she was proud of him, and that she loved him with all her heart.
Spears’ son, August, spoke next, and said that his dad was his hero, his mentor, and his friend. He said that his dad taught him how to play drums, how to ride a bike, how to be a gentleman, and how to be a man. He said that his dad was always there for him, and that he always made him laugh and smile. He said that his dad was the coolest and the funniest person he ever knew, and that he wanted to be just like him. He said that he missed him so much, and that he hoped he was proud of him.
Spears’ parents, siblings, and other relatives also spoke, and shared their memories and emotions of Spears. They said that he was a blessing to their family, and that he brought them joy and happiness. They said that he was a talented and hardworking musician, who followed his dreams and achieved his goals. They said that he was a humble and respectful person, who honored his roots and his culture. They said that he was a loyal and faithful friend, who cherished his relationships and his connections. They said that he was a beautiful and radiant soul, who touched everyone with his light and his love.
After the speeches, the musical tributes began, as some of the artists who worked with Spears performed songs in his honor. Usher sang “Amazing Grace” and “You Got It Bad”, two of the songs that he and Spears collaborated on for the album “Confessions”. Usher said that Spears was more than a drummer, he was a brother, and that he owed him a lot for his success and his happiness. He said that Spears was the backbone of the album, and that he brought out the best in him as a singer and a performer. He said that Spears was a genius, and that he created magic with his drums. He said that Spears was his confessions, and that he would always be grateful for him.
Ariana Grande performed “Thank U, Next”, one of the songs that she and Spears recorded for her album “Sweetener”. Grande said that Spears was one of the most talented and versatile drummers she ever worked with, and that he could play any genre and any style. She said that Spears was one of the most fun and joyful people she ever met, and that he always made her laugh and feel good. She said that Spears was one of the most kind and generous people she ever knew, and that he always showed her love and respect. She said that Spears was one of the most amazing and inspiring people she ever encountered, and that he always taught her something new and valuable. She said that Spears was her thank you, next, and that he would always be in her heart.
Justin Bieber sang “Sorry”, one of the songs that he and Spears performed on his “Purpose” tour. Bieber said that Spears was one of the most skilled and energetic drummers he ever shared a stage with, and that he could make any crowd go wild and any song sound better. He said that Spears was one of the most cool and funny people he ever hung out with, and that he always had a good time and a good vibe with him. He said that Spears was one of the most humble and gracious people he ever learned from, and that he always gave him advice and guidance. He said that Spears was one of the most awesome and incredible people he ever witnessed, and that he always amazed him with his talent and his personality. He said that Spears was his sorry, and that he would always be sorry for losing him.
Spears’ death was a shock and a loss to the music world and to his family and friends. He left behind a legacy of excellence, creativity, and positivity, and influenced many people with his talent and personality. He was one of the most respected and admired drummers in the industry, and one of the most loved and cherished friends and colleagues. He was a rare and remarkable person, who lived his life with passion and purpose.
Usher expressed his grief and gratitude for Spears, and urged his fans and followers to cherish their loved ones and be present in their lives. He said that Spears was his confessions, and that he would always remember him and honor him. He said that Spears was his angel, and that he would always love him and miss him. He said, “You never know when you may never meet again. Be present.”
The funeral ended with a final prayer and a balloon release, as the attendees said their goodbyes and sent their messages to Spears in the sky. The balloons were colored in red, black, and white, the colors of Usher’s “Confessions” album cover, which featured Spears’ drums. The album was played in the background, as the balloons soared into the air, carrying the love and the memories of Spears.
The funeral was a tribute to a legend, a farewell to a friend, and a confession of a brother. It was a celebration of a life well lived, and a reminder of a life well loved. It was a testament to the power of music, and the bond of friendship. It was a moment of sadness, and a moment of gratitude. It was a moment of confessions.