It’s been a rollercoaster of a year for singer Kesha, who has experienced one of the most inspiring musical comebacks in the history of pop. After stepping away from the charts at the height of her career in 2014 due to a legal battle with her former producer Dr. Luke, the fate of Kesha’s future in music remained uncertain for years. Finally, in 2017, Kesha re-emerged with her triumphant third album Rainbow, taking the most painful moments of the past years and turning them into anthems of self-acceptance and empowerment. And she still knows how to make us dance, too.
Now Kesha is giving fans a behind the scenes look at the past year in the latest documentary from Apple Music. Featuring footage from her current tour with Macklemore, her moving performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards, and her time in the studio recording Rainbow, the upcoming doc, also titled Rainbow, looks like yet another outlet for Kesha to bravely bare her soul and connect with fans through her own experience of overcoming tragedy.
In one shot, musician Ben Folds, who worked with Kesha on Rainbow, is in the studio with the singer and encouraging her to draw inspiration from her struggles. “You’ve already been through the dark once,” says Folds.
In another shot, Kesha stands boldly with her arms outstretched on stage in front of screaming fans as she declares “You don’t own me,” a statement likely made in response to the ongoing court case against Dr. Luke, who Kesha alleges was emotionally, verbally, and sexually abusive during their time working together.
“Sometimes things feel like they’re too much to handle. You may be able to pull it together, put on a front in front of others, but inside you’re trapped, suffocating slowly,” says Kesha in the film’s trailer. “This record saved my life.”
Also featuring psychedelic vignettes that match the aesthetic of Kesha’s video for “Praying,” the upcoming doc was directed by Kesha along with her brother Lagan Serbert and Kevin Hayden.
Rainbow will be available starting August 10 on Apple Music.