I heard this song, “Praying,” for the first time today and when I found out it was Kesha I thought I was being punked.
I’m blown away by Kesha’s transformation from her shallow, partying “Tik Tok” days to the woman she has become. I’m also blown away by her incredible, powerful voice. I always thought she was a lightweight vocally, more a rapper than a singer really. How wrong I was!
The raw emotion and spiritual depth she shows here is so different from the cartoonish “bad girl” image of 2009. She fought hard to get here.
Yes, the dollar sign in her name is gone. It would no longer fit. Something tells me she was never that shallow, cartoonish bad girl, but was always a butterfly struggling to emerge from its chrysalis. I’m a fan now (though truth be told, “Tik Tok” was damn catchy).
This song is emotionally cathartic for me. It may be for you too.
“Praying” was released last year. Kesha is a warrior who not only managed to conquer her own demons of bulimia and depression, she also held her own against a controlling and abusive manager who tried to destroy her. From her psinful struggle, she learned that it’s from the greatest pain that empathy can be born and true forgiveness can occur. Few ever learn this valuable truth. She writes:
“Praying” was written about that moment when the sun starts peeking through the darkest storm clouds, creating the most beautiful rainbow. Once you realize that you will in fact be OK, you want to spread love and healing. If you feel like someone has wronged you, get rid of that hate, because it will just create more negativity. One thing that has brought me great relief is praying for those people. Being angry and resentful will do nothing but increase your own stress and anxiety — and hate is the fuel that grows the viruses. Don’t let anyone steal your happiness!
In this emotional interview from Good Morning America, Kesha talks about her spiritual and emotional journey (and sings too).