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Sometimes the darkest moments in a person’s life can lead to their brightest work and that’s definitely been the case with Kesha’s 2017 album Rainbow. Her first album since launching a lawsuit against her former producer Dr. Luke, Rainbow has included the most inspiring work of the singer/songwriter’s career, and that includes her latest single “Hymn.”
Although Kesha’s lawsuit against Dr. Luke, who she alleges emotionally and sexually assaulted her, took a huge hit this week when she lost her appeal to break ties with the producer, Kesha is continuing to use her music and her platform to help fight for others.
Posting a message on her Instagram account on Thursday, Kesha says that she felt now was the best time to release “Hymn” after speaking with Cristina Jiménez, the woman who founded United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth organization in the country. The organization aims to protect DREAMers, American youth who moved to the U.S. as children and now face deportation to countries they don’t know once the DACA program ends.
“As I say in ‘Hymn’, we are all “Dreamers searching for the truth,” and I hope you will stand with me to fight for the DREAMers,” writes Kesha, who urges her fans to get involved anyway they can.
When I attended the Time 100 Gala this past April, I met Cristina Jiménez, co-founder of the largest immigrant youth organization in the country, @UnitedWeDream. I was so moved by what she and her team are doing to empower immigrant youth in our country. They are working to protect and empower hundreds of thousands of DREAMers who came to this country as children and grew up, studied, and worked in the USA, and now face deportation with the scheduled end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Even though DACA is scheduled to end, United We Dream has continued to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and helps DREAMers apply for protection. I am partnering up with United We Dream to shine a light on the organization, and I wanted to encourage anyone and everyone to donate even just a moment of your time to learn about what’s going on with DACA, donate a dollar if you feel compelled, or simply be open to learning about what’s happening to the people behind the statistics. These are stories of people who are currently having their lives, their dreams and their pursuit of happiness in this free country, taken away from them. At my shows, I dedicate my song ‘Hymn’ to DREAMers because I don’t believe that people who came to this country as children should be punished by potentially having their families torn apart if they haven’t done anything wrong. Unfortunately, these young people are immediately at risk of losing their access to higher education, lawful employment, and relief from deportation. As I say in ‘Hymn’, we are all “Dreamers searching for the truth,” and I hope you will stand with me to fight for the DREAMers. Join me and let’s support United We Dream at link in bio. In conjunction with this collaboration, I am also releasing the music video for ‘Hymn’. This song is so important to me, and I’ve been holding onto this music video for a while now, but after meeting Cristina, I felt like now was the time to release it to further bring attention to this cause. We are all the same, born into whatever circumstance the universe hands us, and I believe it should be a right to be able to dream big. Watch my music video on @Vevo
In the video for “Hymn,” Kesha rides in the backseat of a convertible through the desert at night until finally meeting up with a group of youth who are all looking to the sky for answers. The video then takes on an alien-inspired ending, with the convertible being sucked into a spaceship as Kesha and the other believers watch the night sky.
Kesha is set to hit the road with Macklemore for the pair’s joint tour, the Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore Tour. Kicking off June 6 in Phoenix, Arizona, the pair will play Toronto on July 16.