Kesha Opens Up About the Effects of Dr. Luke Lawsuit in Emotional Interview

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

As Kesha positions for a welcome comeback in 2017, the singer is honestly reinventing her public image with many obstacles to face.

In a new interview on Viceland's music show Noisey that focuses on Nashville, Kesha got choked up talking about the emotional toll her lawsuit with her longtime producer Dr. Luke has caused her.

"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, then to have it taken away from you is pretty devastating. It is definitely a mind f—." 

While preparing for a Bob Dylan tribute concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Kesha also discussed the new direction she's taking with her music, ditching her pop star image and returning to her passion for country music.

"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."

Of her song selection that night, Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" which was first recorded by The Band, Kesha noted sarcastically: "It's not like it's incredibly poignant or anything."

She continued, "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."

When interviewer Zach Goldbaum chimed in, saying she's "got pipes," she agreed enthusiastically.

"That's the thing that really makes me mad is I know I do," she said. "I just want people to see that side of me."

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