Grant Haze: Guy Who Allegedly Dismembered Ex-Wife Talks of Being Inspired By Sting & Lionel Richie

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Grant Haze wants to be an inspiration to his kids
Last week, Grant Haze was just another bland singer-songwriter with a tremendous ego and hoop earrings. Now he's charged with killing his ex-girlfriend, dismembering her corpse, stuffing the body parts in ice chests, and driving them from his North Carolina home to a creek in Fort Bend County, where authorities have recovered her head, torso and leg.

The 32-year-old Haze (who claims to have legally changes his name from "Hayes") was in a heated custody battle with Laura Ackerson, 27, the mother of his two young sons, according to the the Houston Chronicle. A friend reported Ackerson missing on July 13, when she failed to pick the boys up from Haze's home.

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Wife Amanda Perry Haze is also charged
Haze and his wife, Amanda Perry Haze, drove to his wife's sister's home near Richmond and disposed of the body parts in Oyster Creek, authorities say. Amanda was also charged with murder.

In an August 2010 interview on his website, Haze -- who says he's the son of a minister and a gospel singer -- talked about working with notable producers and studio musicians, like a guy who played bass for Marvin Gaye and a drummer for Frankie Beverly & Maze. Haze said he started recording original songs on a 4-track when he was citing his first wife -- who he doesn't name -- as his inspiration.

"[I] got married when I was 18 to a ballerina, and she actually inspired my career...she danced, I would write songs about her," he said in the interview.

Haze's songs range from mediocre, inoffensive Starbucks fare to the kind of music occupying forces blare through tank-mounted PA systems to wear down ruthless dictators in order to get them to leave their surrounded palaces. Charles Manson was a better composer.

Here are a few highlights of the eight-part interview, in which Haze astonishingly cites the 1992 hit "How Do You Talk to an Angel?" as an inspiration, perhaps ingeniously paving the way for an insanity defense. It's just a glimpse into the mind of a dude who we'll probably be paying attention to for quite a while.

On how he gets ideas:

"The music comes through me and not to me....I kind of have dreams where an entertainer that I look up to, like Sting or Dave Matthews or Lionel Richie call me up and say, 'Hey, come to the studio, I just finished working on something. I want to get your opinion on it.'"

On influences:

"My major influences...were Sting, Lionel Richie, Safe, Bobby Womach, Jodeci. But I play the guitar, and I also enjoy '80s [music]....'How Do You Talk to an Angel?' Some Meatloaf, some Billy Joel. I was a flute player....I'm 'acoustic soul.' I was described that way in an industry publication about ten years ago."

On family:

"Being a father, it's made me personally and professionally a lot more responsible....My little boys repeat everything I say. And...there's things I've experienced, lessons that I've learned that I want them to take from my wisdom, and not from their experience. And I'm able to guide them...by being cool. I'm gonna stay cool, I'm gonna stay relevant. And they're always gonna like Dad, they're always gonna be around Dad."

On why he gave his younger boy a name that will put him in grave peril at school:

"I named my oldest Grant Haze IV...and then you have Gentle. Because now...in my maturity, I'm understanding what real masculinity is. And it's gentle."

We'll be following this case for sure. And maybe the whole ordeal will inspire Haze to write a few songs.

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guest
guest

My husband (my then boyfriend) and I shared an apartment with Grant in 2005 for about 6 months.  I can honestly say from the time I did get to know Grant I would have never thought he was capable of something like this.  Scary and unbelievable just how little we really knew him. 

Quinn13
Quinn13

Holy SHIT! I know this guy!....I meet him in Raliegh in 06....I just had dinner with the two of them in NYC about 20 months ago! I"M FREAKING OUT!

Mleightonfuller
Mleightonfuller

Wants to be an inspiration to his kids? Well, they will never forget this, neither will I.

LOL
LOL

slim shady aint got shit on him

Nicole2
Nicole2

I know him and he's a piece of work he deserves everything that's coming to him

guest
guest

Or maybe the whole ordeal will inspire him to kill his ex girlfriend.

bobbi
bobbi

just the chopping and transporting to Texas says Guilty and Psycho to me...friend, family, neighbor, looked normal,nice guy...u never really know what's in a pair of Psycho minds....

Nispamfordb
Nispamfordb

He did not legally change his name. It's Hayes.

bearsfan
bearsfan

If you read the article, this seems rather normal for a musician (Remember, the article was done last August..almost a year ago).  Sounds to me like he was just answering a question asked of him vs. an answer from American Psycho.  Musicians all draw inspiration from other artists, and all dad's want their kids to love dad.  Had we seen this article last August, we would have thought..wow what a cool dude.  Now, coming out after the fact everyone wants to read into what he was really saying last August.  I have met Grant, and would Never thought of him to be able to do this, but I guess you really never truly know people.  After the recent verdict of Casey Anthony, I will hold off on my judging of this as a guilty man until the final verdict.  I will pray for both families involved in this horrific murder, and hope that justice is served.  Although how can any form of justice serve those children? Yes, Grant legally changed his name from Hayes to Haze because the spelling is more appealing for performing...  

ksun1
ksun1

Son of a preacher and a gospel singer--how did he miss that "thou shall not kill" thing?  Somehow, I'm guessing his sons won't like Dad much if it is proven he killed Mom.  I hope the deceased has some family who are deemed fit to raise these kids--it just doesn't seem psychologically healthy to have these kids in the custody of the alleged murderer's parents.

Katy
Katy

Lionel Richie and Sting, huh?

Reminds me of "American Psycho" and its discussion of Genesis and Huey lewis...

What is it with (real and fictional) killers and 80's pop?

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