After four years of being forcefully kept away from the music scene, Kesha returns with “Praying”, the first single off her new album.
Despite her legal battles with music producer Dr. Luke, the artist is back and promises to be better than ever. In a Twitter video Wednesday, the singer told her fans, “Your support and love and kindness has gotten me through hands-down the hardest time of my entire life.”
Her song is definitely a message of defiance, that is indicative of her dispute with Dr. Luke, the producer with whom Kesha has been locked in a legal battle over abuse allegations since 2014.
The singer also released a music video directed by the renowned filmmaker Jonas Åkerlund. “In life, you’re gonna get what you give. But some things, only God can forgive,” she sings.
“I hope this song reaches people who are in the midst of struggles, to let them know that no matter how bad it seems now, you can get through it. If you have love and truth on your side, you will never be defeated,” the 30-year-old singer-songwriter said.
The ballad was co-written with Macklemore collaborator Ryan Lewis and is still credited to Luke’s Kemosabe Records (which he was recently ousted from by Sony). Right now it’s unclear whether he’ll still profit from it through publishing.
“This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you,” Kesha said in an accompanying essay in Lena Dunham’s newsletter Lenny Letter. “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.”
“Praying” is the first single from Kesha’s album “Rainbow”, out on August 11. It will feature collaborations with Dolly Parton (for a duet of her song “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You”) and Eagles of Death Metal, plus production from Ben Folds, and songwriting from Kesha’s own mom, Pebe Sebert, who was also involved in the legal dispute.