Kesha has been in the midst of a legal battle with Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald), claiming he raped and abused her for ten years. In February, Kesha was denied a preliminary injunction, which would’ve allowed her to record outside of her contract with Dr. Luke.
This single release comes as a surprise, as Sony had told Kesha she could not break her contract. They did, however, allow her to produce music with another Sony producer.
Anton Zaslavski, better known by his stage name Zedd, tweeted Kesha in February to let her know that he would like to work with her.
Zedd is a Russian-German Grammy Award-winning musician. Zedd released “True Colors” in May 2015, but has remixed it with Kesha’s voice. She kills with her vocals, as always. Kesha shared a video clip of the song on her Facebook, saying, “This is more than a song, it’s a declaration of my truth.”
In a second Facebook post, Kesha wrote, “It’s such a blessing that Zedd has given me this opportunity to record his song ‘True Colors.’ This song’s message spoke to me so deeply that I knew I had to find my own interpretation and record it, to spread the beautiful message of personal empowerment. It gives me hope that I will someday soon be able to release my own album. Until then let’s all celebrate our own truth.”
Kesha sang the song with Zedd during a surprise performance the first weekend of Coachella. If this remix was indicative of her work to come, Kesha’s fans can expect to hear more of her evolving sound.
Despite the legalese that surrounds Kesha’s case, she may still have her day in court. There is a window of discovery period that extends through 2017.
“True Colors” is the first new song Kesha’s fans have heard since her single “Timber” with Pitbull in 2013. Kesha’s most recent album was Warrior, which came out in 2012.