Kesha opened her career this 2020 in a transformative manner by dropping a nostalgic collection of upbeat and groovy dance-pop and folk-tinged ballads. High Road, her anticipated fourth album, is jam-packed with stars in the music industry. Her album screams collaborations with artists who are diverse and has a distinct taste as Big Freedia, Brian Wilson, Sturgill Simpson, and even her former music persona Ke$ha. “I’ll just keep on doing what I do best,” she sings on “Shadow,” before specifying what, exactly, that is: “Pissing off people who wanna be pissed.”
Her consistency in bringing contagious energy and brought most of us to a colorful virtual performance during Pride Live’s Stonewall Day — steaming and gleaming pink and purple eye shadow, a rainbow backdrop which signifies pride and, matching her timely relevant and colorful single in 2017 “Rainbow.” Instead of bombarding beat though, Kesha let the inspiring and striking verses to justify themselves: “When the winds are howling strong / And you think you can’t go on, hold tight, sweetheart / You’ll find a rainbow, rainbow, baby.”
During her performance, gorgeous panoply of rainbow light lavishly washed over Kesha, bathing the scene in different colors that highlight the aim of the performance: to raise awareness and promulgate support in LGBTQIA+. Recently in April, Kesha proved once again her prowess in another virtual performance of “Rainbow” for Global Citizen’s One World: Together At Home telecast, opting for a tender rendition of “Rainbow” at the piano. Unlike the second performance, though, the Stonewall Day rendition found her belting out the words and pouring her emotions, singing into her words and delivering them with all her heart and might.
It’s the same amount of energy and love she showed as she emotionally introduced her masterpiece “I’m so emotional to be here today to perform in honor of the Ally Coalition, the Ruth Ellis Center, and LGBTQ youth on Stonewall Day,” she said. “I really do believe that you’re the future. You inspire me with your energy, your heart, your voices, and the way you take action.”
Wayback 2013, Kesha revealed her identity in Seventeen magazine about the nature of attraction for her personally. “I don’t love just men. I love people,” she said. “It’s not about a gender. It’s just about the spirit that exudes from that other person you’re with.” She expanded on those thoughts in 2017 with Attitude, saying, “I never hid [my bisexuality] from anybody. I never had a moment of feeling I had to come out about it.”
Since then, she uses her voice in advocating gay rights and vocally supported and for the LGBTQ+ community, including in 2016, when she spoke out for Vevo’s Why I Vote campaign that received praises from her co-artists. “Using your voice and your truth and standing up and talking about what you believe in and voting is your power,” she said.
Her powerful message echoed and instilled to the viewers in her Stonewall Day preamble. “If you’re 18, you better be voting in November. You need to,” she said. “And if you’re not 18 yet, make sure people know you matter. You’re going to change the world.” She then dedicated “Rainbow” to, well, you.
It is metamorphosis for Kesha, indeed. Her experiences has awakened her soul and open her hearts for certain causes and ever-ready to craft her music to inspire people.
Experience Kesha’s performance above, and find out more about Stonewall Day — a fundraiser for LGBTQ+ advocacy groups — and how to contribute right here. Stream the entire show via Logo’s YouTube and Facebook pages.