Pop superstar Kesha has released a fourth single from her upcoming LP Rainbow, which is scheduled for release on August 11, 2017. Listen to the deeply personal “Hymn” above, courtesy of the artist’s YouTube channel.
The downtempo anthem pairs an understated synth sound with an empowering hook, tailored to be an uplifting message for those who feel socially marginalized. Kesha ensures her listeners that their differences are natural and something to be treasured, singing “Who we are is no mistake / This is just the way we’re made.” In an essay on Mic.com, the singer elaborated on the meaning behind the song:
I personally will never stop fighting for equality for all humans. That is the passion behind this song. This song is dedicated to all the idealistic people around the world who refuse to turn their backs on progress, love and equality whenever they are challenged. It’s dedicated to the people who went out into the streets all over the world to protest against racism, hate and division of any kind. It’s also dedicated to anyone who feels like they are not understood by the world or respected for exactly who they are. It’s a hopeful song about all of these people — which I consider myself one of — and the power that we all have when we all come together.
Kesha’s efforts to connect with her fanbase and share her optimistic ambitions are refreshing, and show a dynamism in her capacity as an artist committed to establishing a personal touch in her work. The song was written in conjunction with Kesha’s mom, Pebe Sebert, who “like [Kesha], her head lives high above the clouds in outer space,” in addition to Jonny Price, Cara Salimando and Ricky Reed.