AceShowbiz - Ke$ha samples "a wizard I'm friends with" on her new album. The "Tik Tok" singer had a spiritual awakening that inspired the lead single, "Eat The Acid", and she's revealed that the track "Happy" features a "really smart, weird, nice guy."
The 36-year-old singer is quoted by The Sun newspaper's Bizarre column as saying, "The last song, 'Happy', is sampling a wizard I'm friends with. He's a really smart, weird, nice guy and he's a f***king wizard, so I was like, I'll put him on the record."
The wizard in question is Oberon Zell, 80, who featured on her podcast "Kesha and the Creepies". The album's track-listing revealed an interlude called "Ram Dass Interlude", which is dedicated to the late American spiritual teacher Baba Ram Dass, who was a pioneer of LSD and a guru who inspired the late Beatles guitarist George Harrison.
Kesha revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that her ex gave her Dass' book "Be Here Now", which is also the name of Harrison's 1973 solo song, while she was in rehab. The album, the follow-up to 2020's "High Road", is also produced by studio wizard Rick Rubin.
And Indian philosopher Osho is sampled on the song "All I Need Is You". Kesha recalled thinking she was having a "mental breakdown" when she experienced a "scary spiritual awakening" during a guided meditation in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She told the magazine, "I had this really beautiful, scary, and intense spiritual awakening where it felt like I was talking to my highest self, or God, whatever word you want to say. I fully thought I was having a mental breakdown. I called my therapist and my doctor. They all were like, 'Oh, you had a spiritual awakening. Yay! Good job.' "
"Gag Order" is released on Friday, May 19.