The Return of an Icon

Last week, Kesha finally made her triumphant return to the music scene with her new single, Praying.  The powerful ballad is a clear reference to her recent legal battle with former producer Dr. Luke who she accused of sexual assault in 2014. 

I am a longtime fan of Kesha (even under her former persona of "Ke$ha"), and to me, it has always seemed like she has this incredible ability to create poppy, upbeat, party music as well as incredibly meaningful ballads that make me just want to sit alone and cry over how beautiful they are.  (I may or may not have done this for Praying multiple times already)

While Kesha's recent legal and personal struggle have given her a lot of headlines and a lot of praise for being a survivor rather than a victim of sexual assault, in my mind, she has always been a feminist icon.  Coming on to the music scene around the same time as artists like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, who are known for their over the top music videos and stage performances, Kesha has consistently released top singles that, although strange at times, are relatable to the 20-something age modern woman.  She is simultaneously a party girl as well as incredibly deep and sincere (think TiK ToKSleazy, and Die Young vs. Stephen, The Harold Song, and Past Lives).  Today's 20-something woman does not fall into a mold of one or the other, so why should the pop stars that make music for our generation fall into one?

The terribly amazing thing about Kesha is that her sexual assault case proves that ANYone can be taken advantage of, even those that are seen as strong and independent on the outside.  I would like to think that making her struggle public will give others the strength to voice their own experiences and help create change for the future.  The media's overall support of Kesha gives me hope that our society is moving towards one that embraces and lifts women up rather than shaming them.


To read more about the legal battles between Kesha and former producer, Dr Luke, click here.


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

'Cause you brought the flames and you put me through hell
I had to learn how to fight for myself
And we both know all the truth I could tell
I'll just say this is I wish you farewell

I hope you're somewhere prayin', prayin'
I hope your soul is changin', changin'
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, prayin'

I'm proud of who I am
No more monsters, I can breathe again
And you said that I was done
Well, you were wrong and now the best is yet to come
'Cause I can make it on my own
And I don't need you, I found a strength I've never known
I'll bring thunder, I'll bring rain, oh-oh
When I'm finished, they won't even know your name

You brought the flames and you put me through hell
I had to learn how to fight for myself
And we both know all the truth I could tell
I'll just say this is I wish you farewell

I hope you're somewhere prayin', prayin'
I hope your soul is changin', changin'
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, prayin'

Oh, sometimes, I pray for you at night
Someday, maybe you'll see the light
Oh, some say, in life, you're gonna get what you give
But some things only God can forgive

I hope you're somewhere prayin', prayin'
I hope your soul is changin', changin'
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, prayin'