It’s been nearly four years since fans have heard new solo music from Kesha. Now, after a lengthy battle with her former producer Dr. Luke left her silenced, Kesha has poured her heart into her comeback single.
The 30-year-old singer released her new single “Praying” and its corresponding video on Thursday, Her full length album, “Rainbow,” will arrive August 11th.
In 2014 Kesha sued Luke, 43, alleging he drugged, raped and verbally, physically and emotionally abused her for years. Luke has vehemently denied the allegations and countersued. Years of legal wrangling ensued. Kesha channeled her feelings of “severe hopelessness and depression” into the song, which clearly refers to the time she spent in a legal and emotional limbo.
“It’s from our darkest moments that we gain the most strength,” she wrote. “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. And I have never been happier with a body of work as I am with this record.”
“I’ve overcome obstacles, and I have found strength in myself even when it felt out of reach,” she continued. “I’ve found what I had thought was an unobtainable place of peace. … It is in these moments when even the most cynical among us are forced to turn to something other than ourselves — we turn to prayer, or something like it. You look past your shame, past your desire to hide, and admit you need help.”