Kesha's First Song In Years Is A Powerful Testament To Her Hard Past

After five years, Kesha releases a new song called "Praying," which details her difficult past with Dr. Luke, and her hopeful future.

After a five-year hiatus and following a very public battle over legality and sexual assault accusations, Kesha just released her new and powerful single, "Praying," which comes off of her upcoming album, "Rainbow." 

In the raw piano ballad, which was co-written with Macklemore's Ryan Lewis, Ben Abraham, and Andrew Joslyn, Kesha opens up about battling depression, and ultimately overcoming it and finding inner peace and strength.

According to the music video, the song opens with spoken-word: "Am I dead or is this one of those dreams? Those horrible dreams. They seem like they last forever. If I am alive, why, why, why?"

Later, she says, "Please just let me die. Being alive hurts too much." 

The intro comes from the intro of the personal essay that Kesha wrote for Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner's newsletter, Lenny Letter.

"I have channeled my feelings of severe hopelessness and depression, I've overcome obstacles and I have found strength in myself even when it felt out of reach," Kesha wrote, adding that she never meant to abandon her fans. 

The obstacles she's referring to are most likely her ongoing legal battle with well-known producer Dr. Luke, who she says raped, abused, and drugged her over their 10 years of working together. Entangled in the sexual assault accusations is Kesha's career, as breaking her contract with Sony would basically null her career as a music artist for years to come. 

The song was released on Kemosabe records through RCA records, which is affiliated with Dr. Luke (he was the former CEO), according to NPR

"I'm proud of who I am," Kesha sings in the song, according to its lyrics on Genius. "No more monsters, I can breathe again."

According to her essay, "Praying" most likely refers to meditation, which she called her "greatest form of surrender to the universe."

Fans rejoice. As Kesha wrote in her Lenny Letter post, this is just the beginning of a new, stronger Kesha who has lived to tell her tale.


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