"Praying" is a song performed by Kesha. It serves as the fifth track and lead single from Rainbow. It is her first solo single since 2013. The single was announced on July 5th, 2017 via Instagram in a video, with Kesha thanking her fans and revealing the title of her new song. The song and the music video were released the following day. Three remixes of "Praying" by Frank Walker, Oliver Nelson, and Tim Legend were released on September 29, 2017.
In a letter she penned, Kesha described "Praying" as being written about "that moment when the sun starts peeking through the darkest storm clouds, creating the most beautiful rainbow".
|“||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.||”|
On the Billboard Hot 100 chart, "Praying" peaked at the number 22 position on September 2, 2017. In terms of record sales, "Praying" was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for 1 million single-equivalent sales on November 6, 2017. On November 28, 2017, "Praying" was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance at the 60th Grammy Awards, and is included as the sixteenth track on the 2018 GRAMMY® Nominees album.
- Album version - 3:50
- Demo version - 3:45
- Frank Walker Remix - 2:59
- Oliver Nelson Remix - 3:57
- Tim Legend Remix - 3:38
|Released||July 6, 2017|
|Location||Salvation Mountain, Niland, California
The Salton Sea, California
The video was shot at Salvation Mountain, Niland, California, and the Salton Sea over the course of a single day. The outfits Kesha wore were inspired by the locations of the clip, as well as her fondness for vintage 1960s and 1970s clothing. The title cards in the video is stylized to resemble Hindi script.
The video begins with Kesha lying in a coffin with two men wearing suits and drooling pig masks standing on either side of her and a neon cross in the background. The video then cuts to her lying on a rafter in the middle of the ocean. During the first minute of the video, a voice over from Kesha plays saying: "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 behind and during the video, Kesha plays the piano while wearing a crown of thorns, angel wings and a scaly mermaid-looking suit, prays at an altar before a neon cross, and also chased by the men with pig masks. Kesha also walks by a wall of television sets with messages such as "the television will not be revolutionized", "weapons of mass deception", "do not engage," and "you're too thin" painted on them in red, with Kesha eventually destroying them. Shots of her crying black tears are interspersed throughout the main plot of the visual. At the song's climax, Kesha throws around colored powder in a manner similar to what is done during Holi, a Hindu festival which celebrates the victory of good over evil. The clip ends with the singer walking on water and text that says "the beginning".
The music video currently has over 100,000,000 views, making this her sixth video to reach this milestone as a solo artist.
|Produced by||Ryan Lewis for Ryan Lewis Productions LLC|
|Strings Composed, Arranged & Conducted by||Andrew Joslyn|
|Violins by||Andrew Joslyn, Sarah Malstrom, Garrett Overcash, Andrew Kam, Heather Borror|
|Violas by||Seth May-Patterson, Christopher Foerstel|
|Celli by||Eli Weinberger, Rebecca Chung-Filice|
|Backing Vocals by||All Our Exes Live in Texas: Hannah-Crofts, Georgia Mooney, Elana Stone, Katherine Wighton|
|Engineered by||Billy Centenaro at The Village, Los Angeles, CA; by Antonia Gauci at Studios 301, Australia; & by Justin Armstrong at Robert Lang Studios, Shoreline, WA|
|Mixed by||Jon Castelli at Mirrorball Studios, North Hollywood, CA|
|Assistant Engineer for Mix||Ingmar Carlson|
|Assisted by||Ryan Nasci|
- ↑ http://www.lennyletter.com/culture/a904/kesha-is-back-with-a-new-single-praying/
- ↑ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/2017-09-02
- ↑ https://www.riaa.com/gold-platinum/?tab_active=default-award&ar=KESHA&ti=PRAYING
- ↑ https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/grammys/8047027/grammys-2018-complete-nominees-list