‘Being alive hurts too much’. These words were like a dagger to the heart. Who else felt a flood of emotions before even clicking on this video? We’ve all been waiting to hear Kesha’s beautiful voice for 5 years since Warrior came out. The imagery in this video made me cry. Kesha, you’re a powerful, brave woman and we’ll be with you every step of the way. Your positive outlook on the past is truly inspiring and I can’t wait for what the future holds for you.
Video – Published on Jul 6, 2017
Animals, rejoice! The official Kesha comeback has begun.
On Thursday, the “TiK ToK” singer released a brand-new song, “Praying,” her first single since 2016′s collaboration with Zedd, “True Colors.” It’s also, technically, the singer’s first original song since 2012 ― the year her second album, “Warrior,” was released.
Along with the single, Kesha released a video directed by Jonas Åkerlund.
“Praying” begins with a moving spoken word introduction, where the singer asks: “Am I dead? Or is this one of those dreams? Those horrible dreams that seem like they last forever? If I am alive, why?”
Kesha wrote the extremely emotional song with Ryan Lewis, Ben Abraham and Andrew Joslyn. In an essay on Lenny Letter, the artist said she “channeled my feelings of severe hopelessness and depression” into it.
“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,” she wrote.
The singer teased the single ― the first from her upcoming album, “Rainbow” ― on Wednesday night with a video message to her followers on social media.
“Your support and love and kindness has gotten me through, hands down, the hardest time of my entire life,” she said in the clip. “My new song, ‘Praying,’ is coming out tomorrow, and I couldn’t have done this without you. I fucking love you.”