Kesha has returned with a brand-new single called "Praying," the first new offering from her forthcoming album, Rainbow, which drops on August 11.
After teasing her return on social media, the 30-year-old pop star released the music video for the Ryan Lewis-produced cut, which takes aim at the star's long legal battle with super-producer Dr. Luke. However, its message takes a bigger stance by sharing empathy with those that are going through their very own struggles. It was co-written by Kesha, Lewis, Ben Abraham and Andrew Joslyn. "I hope you're somewhere praying, praying/ I hope your soul is changing, changing/ I hope you find your peace/ Falling on your knees, praying," she sings during the sweeping chorus.
In addition to the release of the video, Kesha also wrote a personal essay about the piano ballad's creation via Lena Dunham's weekly "Lenny Letter." "'Praying' was written about that moment when the sun starts peeking through the darkest storm clouds, creating the most beautiful rainbow," she wrote. "Once you realize that you will in fact be OK, you want to spread love and healing. If you feel like someone has wronged you, get rid of that hate, because it will just create more negativity. One thing that has brought me great relief is praying for those people. Being angry and resentful will do nothing but increase your own stress and anxiety — and hate is the fuel that grows the viruses. Don't let anyone steal your happiness!"
Click here to buy Kesha's "Praying" on iTunes.