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We've Been 'Praying' For Kesha's New Music, And The Time Has Finally Come

"'Praying' was written about that moment when the sun starts peeking through the darkest storm clouds, creating the most beautiful rainbow."

Kesha is back — sans the dollar sign and party girl persona — with a fresh perspective on the world. With a new song titled "Praying," the singer dives into newfound strength and spirituality as well as sheds light on the seemingly endless legal battle with former mentor and producer Dr. Luke.

"Am I dead? Or is this one of those dreams? Those horrible dreams that seem like they last forever? If I am alive, why? If there is a God or whatever, something, somewhere, why have I been abandoned by everyone and everything I've ever known? I've ever loved?" a spoken word into says. "Stranded. What is the lesson? What is the point? God, give me a sign, or I have to give up. I can't do this anymore. Please just let me die. Being alive hurts too much."

In a personal essay for Lenny Letter, Kesha opened up about the single, the first solo tune in nearly four years, and how she "found what I had thought was an unobtainable place of peace." The 30-year-old also said it's about "coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you," "learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone," and "hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal."

Variety calls the song — which Kesha wrote alongside Ben Abraham, Andrew Joslyn, and Ryan Lewis — "neo-gospel" while Billboard describes the video — which was directed by Jonas Åkerlund — as "dramatic" and "eye-catching," with Kesha herself calling it "psychedelic journey."

Watch the "Praying" music video here:

The video itself has a lot of imagery — particularly those of Christian kind such as a crosses, praying (of course), and a large "God is love" mural of sorts — and is reminiscent of a Lady Gaga creation but is something only Kesha could deliver, given the singer's uniquely personal backstory.

"Praying" has a mix of forgiveness with a bit of rage, with lyrics ranging from "I'm proud of who I am / No more monsters, I can breathe again / And you said that I was done / Well, you were wrong and now the best is yet to come," to "'Cause I can make it on my own / 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" all within the same verse.

Perhaps the best news of all is that we don't have to wait long until we hear more of Kesha's new sound as Rainbow — the singer's first album in five years — will be out August 11. Rainbow will feature collaborations with Eagles of Death Metal (two with them, actually), country queen Dolly Parton, and even Kesha's own mother, Pebe Sebert.

"This is just the beginning," Kesha concludes the Lenny Letter piece, alluding to the music video's final image. "I am so happy and grateful to begin sharing all the music I have been writing with the world. I've written a record that reveals my vulnerabilities, and I have found strength in that. In the past, I've always felt like I was trying to prove something, trying to be someone I thought people wanted me to be, but on this record, I'm just telling the truth about my life. This album is me. The most raw and real art I have ever created, and now it's my gift to you. I hope you love it. Thank you for not giving up on me. We made it <3. I love you all so much."

We can't wait to see what's next for Kesha.

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