Kesha is back and better than ever.
Despite her ongoing legal battles with music producer Dr. Luke, Kesha is back with “Praying,” her first single in four years.
“Praying” is her Kesha’s solo effort since her 2013 Deconstructed EP, and her first single since “True Colors,” her 2016 collaboration with Zedd.
In an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter published Thursday, Kesha wrote about her comeback and the many setbacks she’s faced over the years.
With “Praying,” she wrote, “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.
I’ve found what I had thought was an unobtainable place of peace.
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.”
Kesha added, “It’s also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal.”
As she awaits her day in court, Kesha admitted she felt “really, truly depressed,” like she had “nothing” to live for—until she turned to prayer, that is.
“This song is about me finding peace in the fact that I can’t control everything—because trying to control everyone was killing me,” she said.
“It’s about learning to let go and realize that the universe is in control of my fate, not me.”
“It’s from our darkest moments that we gain the most strength.
There were so many days, months even, when I didn’t want to get out of bed.
I spent all day wanting to go to sleep, and then when I did fall asleep, I had horrible night terrors where I would physically cry and scream through the dark.
I was never at peace, night or day. But I dragged myself out of bed and took my emotions to the studio and made art out of them,” said Kesha, who will release Rainbow Aug. 11.
“And I have never been happier with a body of work as I am with this record.”