"When you work really hard at something, then to have it taken away from you is pretty devastating."

By Hayden Wright

Kesha’s career took a backseat when she accused producer Dr. Luke of sexual assault and fought to gain independence from his label and corporate overlords. And while Kesha made some smart efforts at a comeback in 2016, she’s not quite all the way “back” yet. The singer-songwriter sat down with Viceland to discuss how these years of litigation have taken their toll on her career.

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“When you work really hard at something, then to have it taken away from you is pretty devastating,” she said. “I worked my ass off for a lot of years to be able to do it: I sang backup vocals and the first couple songs I was on, I didn’t give a f— because I just had this one vision. Once you earn that and make that happen, it is definitely a mind f—.”

Most recently, Kesha has been experimenting with country influences. She discussed prepping for a Bob Dylan tribute concert and why the genre suits her.

“I’ve always loved country music and listened to it a lot growing up, so now I’m like kind of allowing myself to just tap into like my music roots a little more recently,” she said. “Here, it really is the utmost importance to tell the story, and that’s really what Nashville songwriting is about — the song is the most important thing.”

Nevertheless, Kesha seems proud of the progress she’s made, all things considered.

“I think I am just like finding my voice in the world and so the past three years has been me taking my center and myself back and my voice.”

Watch the interview here:

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