“Tonight’s the best night of our lives,” Kesha’s familiar, metallic, anti-gravity voice promises at the top of “High Road,” her fourth and newest album. “Can you feel it? I can feel it.”
Kesha has earned her optimism, and now she wants to share it as far and wide as possible.
Ever since the 33-year-old spitfire woke up in 2009 feeling like P. Diddy, she’s been busy: a chart-topping debut; a glitter-fueled world tour; a highly publicized legal battle; a celebrated comeback album; a show-stopping Grammys performance; you know the story. But amid all the triumphs, the setbacks, the headlines, and the survival, Kesha never forgot how to have fun.
“I realized I wanted to have the next chapter be really fun and positive and poppy,” she told Insider during a recent phone call, “because I love pop music and it makes me happy — and I don’t think that I owe it to myself to stay in a place that’s just, like, sadness.”
“I think it’s really important to address when you’re sad, especially for me and my music. But I think it’s also okay to try to move forward with your life in the most positive way possible. And for me that’s making happy, fun music.”
The past few months have been especially busy — and, yes, fun — for the reborn pop star. In addition to the January release of “High Road,” Kesha also launched a namesake makeup line.
Insider caught up with the singer-songwriter over the phone, and she went into detail about her artwork, both musical and visual.
What inspired you to create your own makeup line?
I think I’ve always loved decorating myself in various ways, whether it was fashion or makeup or tattoos. I just like decorating my body. So I also like that — coupled with having a decade of wearing wild makeup all the time — I know what I like being put on my face, and I knew the level of the quality I wanted it to be. I just wanted it to be really special, from the packaging down to the product. And I feel like I’m a bit of a glitter expert. I think I could put that on my resume.
I just wanted to put all of my knowledge of makeup to good use, because I feel like I’ve tried pretty much every makeup available and I know what I like. I know what stays. And I really wanted to spend the time to make sure it would be makeup that I would put on my face. So pretty much, since I put it out, I’ve worn predominantly my own makeup on red carpets and everything, even onstage, because I really wanted to make sure it was makeup that I would want to wear — and I do.