We are so over the moon with psychedelic joy to see American popstar, Kesha back to bidness in full on glitter glory!
Her new song, “Praying” written by her with Ryan Lewis, Ben Abraham, and Andrew Joslyn, is a powerful anthem about hope, optimism and healing. In a personal essay that she penned for online feminist newletter, Lenny Letter, she writes,
This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you. It’s a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone. It’s also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal.
This song is about me finding peace in the fact that I can’t control everything — because trying to control everyone was killing me. It’s about learning to let go and realize that the universe is in control of my fate, not me.
“Praying” was written about that moment when the sun starts peeking through the darkest storm clouds, creating the most beautiful rainbow. Once you realize that you will in fact be OK, you want to spread love and healing. If you feel like someone has wronged you, get rid of that hate, because it will just create more negativity. One thing that has brought me great relief is praying for those people. Being angry and resentful will do nothing but increase your own stress and anxiety — and hate is the fuel that grows the viruses. Don’t let anyone steal your happiness!
Listen to the song and watch the colourful video, directed by Grammy winning music director, Jonas Åkerlund, below.
The song is the lead single off her upcoming album “Rainbows” – her first in nearly five years! The album marks a new beginning for Kesha, one based around inner strength and musical exploration as she achieves her vision for the album by enlisting a roster of collaborators ranging from rockers, Eagles of Death Metal to American music icon, Dolly Parton.
Kesha, best known for being the voice of some of our favourite dance and work out tunes of the 2000s – like “Tik-Tok”, “Timber” (with Mr. Worldwide, Pitbull), “Die Young” and “We R Who We R” – has been fighting a long-drawn legal dispute with her former producer, Dr. Luke for the better part of the last four years. After suing Dr. Luke for alleged physical and emotional abuse in October 2014, the producer sued her back for breach of contract and defamation. A series of publicly fought lawsuits followed, which we’ve written about here and that’s the reason for her radio silence.
Fans have rallied behind Kesha through these hard times and she never misses an opportunity to thank them and inspire them with good vibes and positivity. She writes in for Lenny Letter:
In the past couple of years, I have grown into a strong, independent woman. I have realized through this long journey of ups and downs that if I’m lucky enough to have a voice that people listen to, then I should use it for good and for truth. I’ve battled intense anxiety and depression, a relentless eating disorder, and all the other basic bullshit that comes with being human. I know I’m not alone in that battle. Finding the strength to come forward about these things is not easy, but I want to help others who are going through tough times.
I’m a fan of her party tracks – they’re super catchy and awesomely written. And I love that as a songwriter, Kesha has penned her own music as well as songs for artists like Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, The Veronicas, and Miley Cyrus. I think this is a great comeback tune and I’m personally looking forward to hearing more of her 22 track LP – which is out on August 11th. Keep your ears open for this pop extravanganza, folks!