Kesha at the MuchMusic Video Awards. Kesha was born in Los Angeles, California. Pebe, a single mother, struggled financially while supporting herself, Kesha, and Kesha's older brother Lagan; they relied on welfare payments and food stamps to get by. Pebe frequently brought Kesha and her brothers along to recording studios and encouraged Kesha to sing when she noticed Kesha's vocal talent.
After attaining a near-perfect score on her SATs , she was accepted to Barnard College at Columbia University, but instead chose to drop out before graduation to pursue her music career. Two of the demos were described in a cover story for Billboard , the first "a gorgeously sung, self-penned country ballad" and the second "a gobsmackingly awful trip-hop track" where Kesha raps ad lib for a minute when she runs out of lyrics near the end. Luke stated in an interview for the story that it was the latter track that caught his attention, saying "when you're listening to CDs, that kind of bravado and chutzpah stand out.
Career beginnings[ edit ] I was so happy being broke. And I'm happy not being broke. It doesn't really affect me either way. But to be honest, I'm kind of repulsed by the gluttony and excesses of a lot of people in the limelight. Luke 's label, Kemosabe Entertainment , and his music publishing company, Prescription Songs. Sony Music Entertainment partnered with Dr. Luke to create Kemosabe Records. Luke became preoccupied with other incoming projects, having enjoyed success writing and producing for pop star Kelly Clarkson 's album, Breakaway.
DAS was tasked with obtaining a major label record deal for Kesha in a year's time in exchange for 20 percent of her music income, with her having the option of ending the relationship if they failed. Kesha appeared in the video for her friend Katy Perry 's single " I Kissed a Girl ", and sang background vocals for the Dr. Luke-produced song, "Lace and Leather" by Britney Spears in The deal fell through due to her existing contract with Dr.
Luke then suggested Kesha for the part. Flo Rida liked the end result so much that they did two more tracks. For the album, she wrote songs. The album is primarily of the electropop genre with beats and synths, marking a shift in sound for Luke from his signature pop-rock productions. Kesha's deliberately unpolished aesthetic and juvenile stage persona ,   which she described as her own personality "times ten", quickly made her a deeply polarizing figure.
As of June , she has accumulated almost 21 million digital single downloads in the United States alone. After meeting Kesha at the Grammy Awards and guesting at a number of her concerts, rock singer Alice Cooper asked her to write lyrics for and vocally perform as a devil character for their duet track, "What Baby Wants", on Cooper's album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare.
Warrior and other projects[ edit ] Kesha performing on The Today Show in Kesha's second studio album, Warrior was released on November 30, She began writing for the album while on her own headlining tour in The album featured productions from her main collaborators Dr. To coincide with the release of the album, Kesha released an illustrated autobiography , My Crazy Beautiful Life through Touchstone Books in November The first single taken from Warrior was " Die Young ".
The North American leg was co-headlined with rapper Pitbull. A TV series documentary, Kesha: Lawsuit and personal struggles[ edit ] Further information: Luke , February 19, In January , Kesha checked into rehab for bulimia nervosa , an eating disorder , and began to work on her third studio album.
Luke for sexual assault and battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, emotional abuse, and violation of California business practices which had occurred over 10 years working together. The lawsuit went on for about a year before Kesha sought a preliminary injunction to release her from Kemosabe Records. The track was later included on Ruben's album Welsh Rarebits. On June 13, , Kesha headlined LA! The singer played Annabelle, Jane's hostile neighbor.
Rainbow and touring[ edit ] Kesha performing with the Creepies in August Kesha appeared during Zedd 's slot at the Coachella festival to perform "True Colors", a track from Zedd's second studio album. The cameo marked her first high-profile public performance since her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Afterward, Kesha embarked on her third world tour, the Kesha and the Creepies: Fuck the World Tour. The tour included various covers of songs and several rock and country reworks of her own hit singles.
The single charted successfully at number 6 in Australia selling over , copies being certified 2x Platinum. Three tracks from Rainbow were released as promotional singles ahead of the album's release; " Woman ", " Learn to Let Go " and " Hymn ", two of which were released with accompanying music videos.
She also planned to go on a co-headlining tour with American rapper Macklemore named The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore.