Kesha has finally returned — much to the delight of her little Animals!
Following a far-too-long hiatus which saw the singer embroiled in a bitter legal battle alleging sexual assault and battery against her former producer and record label boss Dr. Luke, Kesha has released her first new single — “Praying” — off of her new album, Rainbow.
“Rainbow marks a new beginning for Kesha, one based around inner strength and musical exploration” reads a statement announcing the project.
The song released alongside a dramatic, eye-catching music video that opens with Kesha laying on a raft in the middle of the ocean, seemingly dead, only to cut to the singer in a series of colorful outfits playing the piano while wearing angel wings and a ring that says “loved.”
The singer posted an essay about her long journey back on the Lenny blog on Thursday morning.
“‘Praying,’ my first single in almost four years, comes out today. 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. It’s also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal.”
At this time, it’s unclear what legal barriers had been moved to allow Kesha to release new music and prep her third full-length album. She has not released an album since 2012’s Warrior.
Rainbow is due out on August 11th. Until then, enjoy Kesha’s strong return with “Praying.”