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, 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 the pain together, enough to come out on the other end to meet the beautiful light of survival. 

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Sassy Molasses: Ornery Country Comedy with a social statement

Fronted by Singer-Songwriter, Moriah Haven, Sassy Molasses originated as a Cincinnati-based alt-Country trio, with Thomas Curran and Michael Hamilton. The band hit the stage running, with original songs of heartbreak, whiskey, sex, and other Outlaw-esque debaucheries. 

Now, Sassy re-emerges as a character with a whole lot to say. Her mission is to explore a comedic approach in advocation of body positive self images and sex positive experiences for those who identify as female, and to teach about consent. Sassy believes, everyone is beautiful, just as they are, and there ain’t one human being on this planet that will survive trying to slut shame this little firecracker. 

So, she will hit the streets, share lifestyle advice, songs, local artists, and more: all while sporting a big ol’ country fried middle finger for misogyny; donnin’ her cutoffs and cowgirl boots. Yes, Sassy proudly shares her physical, mental, and comedic goods with the world, preachin’ the gospel of sexual consent all the way……..and, well, as she would say, if you don’t like it, “Well then, you fellers can jump up and bite a hog in the ass!” 

Watch Sassy’s upcoming webisodes HERE.

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The Haven Boutique

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Curated by Moriah Haven, The Haven Boutique is a gift and consignment shop, as well as a social lounge. We offer an eclectic selection of curated Hippy & Boho, style gifts, costume and fashion jewelry, clothing, décor, collectibles, curated local art, band merch, and more! The shop is located at 123 East Main St. Eaton, Oh 45320, in the center room of Taffy's of Eaton. Open Tues - Sat. 12 - 9pm, and during most events at Taffy's. Visit the website for more info!

Lawson Reunion Band:

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Lawson Reunion is a family Bluegrass band, established in 1998, with members spanning three generations. The family includes Moriah Haven on Mandolin, Barry Lawson on Banjo, Clint Lawson on Guitar, Jesse Lawson on Dobro, Darin Lawson on Bass, and all members on Vocals, including Cindy Lawson and Haven P. Lawson. 

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Lawson Reunion Live at Plain folk cafe:

"The Spirits of Hank" Sessions:

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The "Spirits of Hank" project was a collaboration spearheaded by Cincinnati Singer-Songwriter, Teacher, and Change Agent, Kelly Thomas. Contributors included Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound (Arlo McKinley, Tyler Lockard, Sarah Davis), Kelly Thomas, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Violinist, Sylvia Mitchell, and Moriah Haven.  

The group recorded original Hank tunes on the 65th anniversary of his recording it at the Herzog Studio, where the Cincinnati Music Heritage Foundation hosted a studio audience for the live performances, with catering by local favorites Eli's BBQ and Rhinegeist Brewery. It was truly a night to remember, in honor of a legend, in a legendary space.

"The Spirits of Hank" Live at The Southgate House Revival:

Kentucky Timbre/ David Rhodes Brown and the Hilbilly Harem:

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Legendary Rabbit Hash, Kentucky resident, keeper of their previous Border Collie Elected Mayor, Lucy Lou, and incomparable singer, songwriter, performer, and American badass: David Rhodes Brown (The Warsaw Falcons, 500 Miles to Memphis) invited Moriah Haven to join the crew of his project Kentucky Timbre, a local "All Star" ensemble of roots musicians. Soon, a smaller facet of the group, David Rhodes Brown and the Hillbilly Harem, named after a joke made by Moriah at one of their always colorful rehearsals.

Billy Wallace:

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Cincinnati Singer-Songwriter, and lover of the road, Billy Wallace invited Haven to contribute backing vocals and Mandolin on his 2009 release, "The Road Spit Me Out". 

Wonky Tonk:

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Charming and Heartfelt Norther Kentucky Singer-Songwriter, Wonky Tonk, invited members Nick Mitchell of Cincinnati favoirtes, The Terrors and Chick Pimp, Coke Dealer at a Bar, as well as then newcomer to the Cincinnati music scene, Moriah Haven Lawson, to collaborate on her 2009 release, the "Super Holy Fantastic E.P.", recorded in a repurposed Church Studio: Soap Floats Recording.  The band embarked immediately after its completion on a short tour of the midwest, east, and south, including Brooklyn, Athens, Nashville, Cincinnati, Chapel Hill, and more.

"Dear Abigail" Session with My Brother The Bear:

Cincinnati Singer-Songwriter, Daniel Bayer, also known as, "My Brother the Bear", invited Moriah, T.J. Male, Mark Becknell, Casey Campbell, Buffalo Wabs, Ben Knight, Moose James Gronholm, Elia Burkhart, Nick Sansone, Ian Mathieu, Elia Burhart, David Faul, James Funk and Andrew Mcpheters to record as a "Folk Symphony", of sorts on his 2013 song, "Dear Abigail".

Cincinnati Singer-Songwriter, Daniel Bayer, also known as, "My Brother the Bear", invited Moriah, T.J. Male, Mark Becknell, Casey Campbell, Buffalo Wabs, Ben Knight, Moose James Gronholm, Elia Burkhart, Nick Sansone, Ian Mathieu, Elia Burhart, David Faul, James Funk and Andrew Mcpheters to record as a "Folk Symphony", of sorts on his 2013 song, "Dear Abigail".