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Woman uses music to get on 'right path'

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(WMC-TV) - Dozens of Mid-South adults who have turned their lives in wrong direction have a second chance thanks to the HopeWorks program.

One of the adults is a woman who is using music to get back on track.

The same hands that play her a violin were in handcuffs close to 12 months ago. Now, Heather Grady is playing for students in her HopeWords class.

Years ago, she played a violin with the symphony in Forth Worth, Texas.

"It's relaxing, it makes me feel good about me. It helps put me in another world," said Grady.

However, Grady's violin playing came to a screeching halt after she moved to Memphis and got in trouble with law.

When Grady finally got released from jail she enrolled in Hopeworks, which is a 13 week program that teaches everything from self esteem to career development.

"And so we helped her do that with sort of a holistic approach which builds them up and help them decide on a career path," said HopeWorks executive director Ron Wade.

When HopeWorks officials found out about Grady's music background they loaned her a violin and now she plays for anyone who will listen.

"She's very talented and at some point just got off the right path. So now through HopeWorks... We're helping her get back on that," said Wade.

When Grady graduates, she will join the 900 people have been already helped by the HopesWorks program.

The goal is go as far as she can with her music.

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