With Kesha’s career still in flux, she’s still found ways to release singles that speak to the power of justice. Late last year, she debuted her take on The Greatest Showman smash “This is Me,” and now, she’s followed up with another anthemic song for a film.
The “Praying” singer unveiled a rallying cry on Sept. 19 titled “Here Comes the Change,” an empowering country-hued belter complete with tom-tom drums and a harmonica. It will appear on the soundtrack for On the Basis of Sex, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic starring Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer. Kesha then followed up the release with a stirring black and white video on Oct. 24.
“Here Comes the Change” was originally delivered with a lyric video that bridges the gap between the political activism of generations past and a new era of enacting change. A multicultural collective of young folks gather around a podium to protest, vote, and exercise their civic duty in front of a screen illuminated with footage of marches and protests. The video ends with a campaign from non-partisan nonprofit HeadCount, encouraging viewers to register to vote.
The single’s artwork was designed by Shepard Fairey, the artist-activist who, most famously, created the “Hope” poster that served as the visual for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.
“I wanted to explore the legacy of political activists in our country throughout the years who have fought for equality and positive change,” Kesha wrote in a piece for Refinery29 explaining her new song. “The message is that the long, proud tradition of American social activism is alive and well. It’s being passed on to the next generation. It will continue to evolve one success at a time, and is as important as ever.”
Watch the new video for “Here Comes the Change” below.