The Growth Project: A story of healing after sexual abuse

After surviving sexual assault as an adult, memories and trauma of childhood sexual abuse were re-awakened. Moriah felt her only option for re-starting a lifelong journey of "healing through it", was to make music. 

As a result, Maia "Tugg" Heartstrings was born. The songs of the Growth Project would be told through this concept character's voice. "This allowed me enough space from the trauma to approach it, but allowed me to fully explore the depths of my emotions in the months following the rape." 

So, this first chapter of the project navigates through five songs, spanning the gamut of emotion; which mirror as an auto-biographical tale of Haven's true life experience. Throughout the songs, "Charlie" serves as a representation of not only her childhood aggressors, but also, as a representation of her adult assailant. Though this type of healing is a lifelong journey, through the Growth Project, Maia and Moriah healed through one more step of the journey through the pain together, enough to come out on the other end to meet the beautiful light of survival. 

The Growth Project EP Chapter 1 (2015)

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In chapter 1, Heartstrings begins her path towards healing after childhood sexual assault, finally ending in forgiveness and healing towards a "stronger place".

Chapter two's mysterious concept character, Gypsea Salt, reclaims her peace of mind, and reconnects with intimacy and sensuality after a surviving sexual assault in Chapter 2 of The Growth Project. This sophomore project is the follow-up to Chapter 1, as told by Maia "Tugg" Heartstrings.

Each chapter of the project is an artistic re-telling of Moriah Haven's own story.

These projects hope to facilitate a healthy discussion about surviving; while shedding some light on the inevitable struggles along the path.

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    Little Girl Heart

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    Come Here, My Dear

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    Skinnier, (Not) Happier

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    Growth After Tribulation

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    Hold Me, Artemis

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The Growth Project Chapter 2 (2019)

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Chapter two's mysterious concept character, Gypsea Salt, reclaims her peace of mind and reconnects with intimacy and sensuality after a surviving sexual assault in Chapter 2 of The Growth Project. This sophomore project is the follow-up to Chapter 1, as told by Maia "Tugg" Heartstrings.

In chapter 1, Heartstrings begins her path towards healing after childhood sexual assault.

Each chapter of the project is an artistic re-telling of Moriah Haven's own story.

These projects hope to facilitate a healthy discussion about surviving; while shedding some light on the inevitable struggles along the path.

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    I Know You're Lying

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    Darkest Parts

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    Come On And Lay With Me

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    The One

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Maia "Tugg" Heartstrings:

Live:

Follow The Growth project & maia:

Sassy Molasses: Ornery Country Comedy with a social statement

Lawson Reunion Band:

"The Spirits of Hank" Sessions:

Kentucky Timbre/ David Rhodes Brown and the Hilbilly Harem:

Billy Wallace:

Wonky Tonk:

"Dear Abigail" Session with My Brother The Bear: