"'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 Akerlund-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.
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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 Akerlund'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.