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The long wait is over! Kesha is officially back with a powerful new single “Praying.”

The 34-year-old pop star unveiled her new song on Thursday, July 6, along with the announcement of her upcoming album entitled Rainbow.

In a letter posted in, Kesha shared her experiences and how they’ve helped her create this heartfelt song.

“Praying,” my first single in almost four years, comes out today. I have channeled my feelings of severe hopelessness and depression, I’ve overcome obstacles, and I have found strength in myself even when it felt out of reach. I’ve found what I had thought was an unobtainable place of peace. This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you. It’s a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone. It’s also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal.”

“I hope this song reaches people who are in the midst of struggles, to let them know that no matter how bad it seems now, you can get through it. If you have love and truth on your side, you will never be defeated. Don’t give up on yourself,” she wrote.

The powerful ballad begins with an introductory voiceover that will let you cry buckets of tears:

Am I dead? Or is this one of those dreams? Those horrible dreams that seem like they last forever? If I am alive, why? If there is a God or whatever, something, somewhere, why have I been abandoned by everyone and everything I’ve ever known? I’ve ever loved? Stranded. What is the lesson? What is the point? God, give me a sign, or I have to give up. I can’t do this anymore. Please just let me die. Being alive hurts too much.

The song was released with a visually pleasing music video directed by Jonas Åkerlund. Co-written by Kesha, Ryan Lewis, Ben Abraham, and Andrew Joslyn, “Praying” is her latest release almost four years after the dismissal of her sexual assault case against producer Dr. Luke.

Watch Kesha’s ‘Praying’ here:

Photo screen grabbed from keshaVEVO | YouTube


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