Kesha covers Amazing Grace amid legal battles
Kesha may be barred from releasing new music while she’s embroiled in a legal battle with Sony Music and producer Lukasz Gottwald (a.k.a. Dr. Luke), but that doesn’t mean she can’t share a cover. Over the weekend, Kesha posted a video on social media featuring a performance of “Amazing Grace.”
“I can’t put out new music, but I can sing a little something of someone else’s songs or something that exists,” Kesha says in the clip.
The 28-year-old pop artist then offers an acapella rendition of “Amazing Grace,” before signing off with another message for her fans: “I love you.”
Kesha’s lawsuit against Sony and Dr. Luke alleges “physical and emotional abuse,” and that their conduct “has and continues to put [Kesha’s] life at risk.” Kesha’s next court date, originally slated for Tuesday, was postponed to Feb. 19, according to the singer.
In the meantime, her music career as been in limbo, and her asserts, possibly in jeopardy: “Until this Court rules on the declaratory judgment claim, Kesha is at an impasse. She cannot work with music producers, publishers, or record labels to release new music. With no new music to perform, Kesha cannot tour,” Kesha’s attorney Mark Geragos wrote in court papers last September. “Off the radio and stage and out of the spotlight, Kesha cannot sell merchandise, receive sponsorships, or get media attention. Her brand value has fallen, and unless the Court issues this injunction, Kesha will suffer irreparable harm, plummeting her career past the point of no return.”
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Ahead of her appearance in Jem and the Holograms, Kesha told EW she’s “dying” to put new music out into the world. “But while I can’t, I’m just gathering ideas and just praying for the day to come soon that I can put out music,” she said. “It’s all over the place. I have no idea what it’s going to sound like. All I know is I have a lot to write about. There’s so much to say right now. Nothing to speak of for sure yet, but just pray for it.”
See Kesha’s “Amazing Grace” performance in the video above.