"'Praying' showcases my voice in a way my voice has never been showcased in my entire life," says Kesha in a new behind-the-scenes video for her Jonas Åkerlund-directed epic. The visual, which follows Kesha's ongoing legal battle with former producer Dr. Luke, is described as a "psychedelic trip into my mind," showing the artist in a series of surreal symbolic shots. "I'm putting my life into metaphors," she says.
In "Praying," Kesha shouts out all the people who've hurt her most in an admirably optimistic way. "I hope you're somewhere praying," she sings on the piano-led chorus. "I hope your soul is changing." This positive approach has ultimately helped her heal, she says in the BTS video, adding that Åkerlund's involvement was a "dream come true."
The pop star's gospel-tinged single will appear on Rainbow, due out August 11, alongside her more campy, upbeat track, "Woman." Co-written by queer songwriter Wrabel, "Woman" is a charged anthem for femme empowerment, as Kesha belts the chorus, "I'm a motherfuckin' woman, baby," above the Dap-Kings' electric horns.
Go behind-the-scenes of Kesha's pivotal "Praying" video, below.