AceShowbiz - Kesha releases her new single "Praying" along with an accompanying music video. Produced by Ryan Lewis, the emotional slow jam was her first solo song since her legal battle with music producer Dr. Luke.
"Am I dead?" she kicks off the video with a voiceover. "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? 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 Lena Dunham's newsletter, Kesha says, " 'Praying,' my first single in almost four years, comes out today. I have channeled my feelings of severe hopelessness and depression, I've overcome obstacles, and I have found strength in myself even when it felt out of reach. 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."
"This song is about me finding peace in the fact that I can't control everything - because trying to control everyone was killing me. It's about learning to let go and realize that the universe is in control of my fate, not me," she continues. "I dragged myself out of bed and took my emotions to the studio and made art out of them.
"I hope this song reaches people who are in the midst of struggles, to let them know that no matter how bad it seems now, you can get through it. If you have love and truth on your side, you will never be defeated. Don't give up on yourself," the singer adds.
" 'Praying' was written about that moment when the sun starts peeking through the darkest storm clouds, creating the most beautiful rainbow. 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!"