It's here, it's here, it's finally here. Kesha's "Praying" music video is a beautiful treatise on overcoming obstacles, depression, and your personal demons. Fans have waited patiently for years, and now Kesha has finally returned to the music scene with her first solo track since her legal battle with former collaborator Dr. Luke. And both the song and the music video will leave you feeling hopeful about overcoming struggles of your own.
The tune symbolizes Kesha's rise from a great deal of mental angst over the last few years. The singer expressed her emotions about the new project in actor Lena Dunham's newsletter, Lenny Letter:
“'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.”
Kesha seems to be baring it all in the new single, turning her recent trials and tribulations into triumph with a message of strength and inspiration after revealing in the essay that she's been battling with "intense anxiety and depression, a relentless eating disorder, and all the other basic bullsh*t that comes with being human."
The new music video opens with Kesha revealing her thoughts in spoken word as she lays seemingly lifeless atop of a raft while floating adrift in a body of water.
In the vulnerable moment of revelation, Kesha recites,
"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? 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."
As the black and white filmography transfers into the bright and bold hues often associated with the 30-year-old singer, Kesha begins to belt out her truths on the emotional ballad.
Her pain can most certainly be felt through her vocal performance on the track. The opening verse quickly reveals the mental anguish that she's overcome, while explaining that it's only made her stronger in the long run. She sings,
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
Between these and more powerful lyrics, and this gorgeously shot video, it's clear that the singer is back and here to stay.