Published Jul 06, 2017Kesha has been embroiled in a legal battle against her allegedly abusive former producer Dr. Luke for years now. And although unsettled disputes remain ongoing, Sony recently removed itself as the middleman and Kesha has finally returned with a new single.
The singer has unveiled a new song called "Praying," and unsurprisingly, it hears her drawing on personal experiences over the last few years.
In a new essay for Lenny, Kesha explains that she has grown into "a strong, independent woman," after battling anxiety, depression, an eating disorder and "other basic bullshit that comes with being human." Ready to use her voice for "good and truth," she's channelled the lessons learned into her latest musical offering.
In an excerpt from that essay, Kesha describes the song:
"Praying," my first single in almost four years, comes out today. I have channelled 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.
UPDATE (7/6, 9:45 a.m. EDT): Kesha has now revealed that the track will appear on her new album, titled Rainbow. It's due out August 11 via RCA and Kemosabe (the label Dr. Luke used to run), and the album artwork is pictured above. The LP marks her first in five years, following up 2012's Warrior.
The new album features some major guest stars, including a previously reported appearance from Eagles of Death Metal, as well as Dolly Parton, who appears on a new version of her own track "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You."
Head over here to read Kesha's entire Lenny essay. "Praying" has arrived now, and you can watch its accompanying music video below.