“You will always have a safe space at one of my shows,” pop icon Kesha told an audience in Lakewood, Ohio.
"You will always have a place at my show. I don't care. I love you just as you are,” she said in Nashville.
“I'm trying to exude all of the love in my body at you, but I hope you take a little touch of a 'f**k you' to the bastards that bring you down,” she said on stage last night in New York City.
In 2017, Kesha — who for years has battled producer Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald (aka Dr. Luke) in a highly-publicized sexual assault case — is fast becoming an emblem of positivity in the face of abuse, sexism, and inequality.
As hundreds of thousands of women around the world raise their voices against sexual assault, the singer’s crusade to spread positivity to her fans and simultaneously create spaces of resistance is exactly what the country, and the world, needs right now.
The singer’s release of her new album, “Praying”, earlier this year marked, to many, a drastic change in Kesha’s musical style, and her public persona.
Formerly the singer of party songs like “Timber” and “Tik Tok,” Kesha dropped the dollar sign in her name, and paired powerful, introspective lyrics with ballad-like tunes.
And while some songs are somber, others are defiant and unsubmissive — in a word, badass.
In “Woman,” she sings: “I'm a motherf---ing woman, baby, alright / I don't need a man to be holding me too tight.”
In “Hunt You Down,” which at first seems like a classic love song, starting with the line “I wanna be your baby, your angel all in black,” Kesha then flips the script.
“Just know, that if you f--- around / Boy, I'll hunt you down.”
Finding this defiant voice, however, wasn’t easy for the singer, as she detailed in a moving op-ed on the site Lenny.
Kesha’s journey has involved fighting depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, self-doubt.
“In the past couple of years, I have grown into a strong, independent woman. I have realized through this long journey of ups and downs that if I'm lucky enough to have a voice that people listen to, then I should use it for good and for truth,” she wrote. “Finding the strength to come forward about these things is not easy, but I want to help others who are going through tough times.”
Now she’s taking that message of positivity and strength on the road, to her fans. And her audiences are responding in kind.
I like to listen to Praying by Kesha while I take my makeup off bc I feel dramatic and powerful— spooky goose 🎃 (@Cixous_Isabel) October 6, 2017
As Kesha’s tour continues to wind its way across the United States, Global Citizens can win tickets by taking action for women and girls around the world.
And if the past few weeks have been any indication, Kesha’s not letting up anytime soon.
“I may lose my voice at some point,” she said at a show in Chicago, “but I will scream until it’s gone.”