How Kesha Used Expression to Capture Authentic and Raw Emotion into her New Music

Kesha is set to release her new album ‘Rainbow’ on August 11th, 2017. She, as well as her fans, have waited a long time for this album. The last album she released was in 2014, and since that time Kesha has faced a four-year long legal battle with former producer and manager Dr. Luke. Her legal battle is important to note because a lot of the content found in the singles off her new album, such as sexual assault and mental and physical abuse that have stemmed from that assault, relate to issues regarding her legal battle against Dr. Luke. The wait has proven to be worth it as Kesha’s singles, including ‘Praying’, have already become hits.

Artists of all types have constantly used the experiences they have had or witnessed as inspiration for their creative work. Kesha is no different as she used the experiences that she has had in her life, the good and the bad, and has channelled those emotions into her music. Kesha wrote an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter, in which she wrote that through her music she “channeled my feelings of severe hopelessness and depression” overcame obstacles, and “found strength in myself even when it felt out of reach.”

Kesha’s ongoing case has prevented her from speaking directly about her charges against Dr. Luke, and how her music directly relates to her experiences with him. However, her lyrics for the song ‘Praying’ is an obvious rebuke to Dr. Luke. The song is an account of how Kesha was able to turn her pain into strength: “I’ve never been more excited about a piece of art I’ve ever done in my entire life,” she said of the song. “This is truly from the inside of my guts.” As mentioned above, songs, as well as other forms of art, ultimately illustrate expression. Whether that is an expression of pain, sadness, joy, or just an expression of thought. Art is most beautiful when it finds a way to hold onto and capture the emotion that was expressed when the artist was making it. The audience can hear Kesha’s pain in the song ‘Praying’, her voice cracks, breaks, and reaches new heights as the song builds which helps fully convey her emotions.

Kesha named the album ‘Rainbow’ because of all of the hope she still has. She chose the title because “the shit storm’s over – and this is the beginning of the good stuff.” The song ‘Rainbow’ itself, that the album is named after, represents that sense of hope that Kesha felt after everything she went through: “I wrote this for myself,” she said. “Because I was in a really sad, lonely, dark place … I remember sitting on the floor, not knowing what to do with all my emotions, and the only thing I knew what to do was write a song. And this song was like a promise letter to myself that we were going to make it.” Her sense of hope derives from her own strength and her ability to pick herself back up. Seeing herself persevere through those traumatic moments, express herself through her music, and offer help to others around the world, is enough to allow Kesha to feel hopeful once more.

Author Bio: Idil Dahir

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