Yep, that Kesha.
Over the last several years, the creative output by The Artist Formerly Known as Ke$ha has been eclipsed by her high-profile legal battle with her producer Dr. Luke, whom she has accused of continuous sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Multiple lawsuits from both sides concluded with no convictions, but Kesha has by no means let it go.
Or, maybe, she has. On her new single, "Praying", Kesha directly addresses Luke with a message that is shocking for the audacious grace it displays. After stating that "You brought the flames and you put me through hell", she sings that, "I hope you're somewhere prayin'/I hope your soul is changin'".
She said this about the song: "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."
The song's music video, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, features stunning visuals, many of which come courtesy of on-location shooting at the late Leonard Knight's incredible, wonderful folk/outsider art landmark Salvation Mountain in the Colorado Desert. Check out "Praying" below.