I won’t waste time recapping why Kesha hasn’t released music in the past three years. Google is your friend and I’m sure you could look up every frustrating detail if you care to, this isn’t about the struggle though. This article is about Kesha’s recovery and about how her latest single “Praying” is a beautiful declaration of hope.
Well, you almost had me fooled
Told me that I was nothing without you
Oh, but after everything you’ve done
I can thank you for how strong I have become
Kesha has created a beautiful anthem for sexual assault survivors and though her battle is far from over, this song makes it clear that Kesha will not go down without a fight. She has created a ballad with power behind it and her bravery in bearing her soul completely pays off. After not being able to tell her story for three years, this song is her unapologetic story and she does not hold back.
In the past, her vocals got lost within the “Timber” and the “Tik Tok” but Kesha’s vocals shine in “Praying”. She sounds raw and genuine, each word slowly grabs a hold of you and you can’t help but connect with her story. The song takes off once the choir joins her in the chorus and the impact of the song becomes very real.
Kesha has found the empathy within a heartbreakingly-painful situation and though some of us will always struggle with understanding the aggressor, her heart shines through with every hopeful lyric.
I hope you’re somewhere praying, prayiiing
I hope your soul is changing, changing
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, praying.
As someone who has survived a sexual assault, I give a standing ovation to Kesha and the strength she must have gathered to speak up. This, surviving sexual assault and speaking up, is not easy but Kesha has led her journey with dignity. She has made a decision to channel her emotions into her music; this decision will undoubtedly make an impact in the world and no one can ever take that away from her.
And I don’t need you, I found a strength I’ve never known
I’ve been thrown out, I’ve been burned
When I’m finished, they won’t even know your name.