Kesha has just released the music video accompanying her song 'Here Comes The Change', a rallying cry for social justice that is featured in the upcoming film 'On the Basis of Sex', a biopic inspired by a young Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The black and white video, directed by Jonas Åkerlund - who also helmed the video for Kesha's Grammy-nominated hit 'Praying' - keeps the visuals raw and rustic, focused on the message of the song, with Kesha strumming her guitar, backing herself on the harmonica, and delivering some of her most passionate vocals to date.
Mid-way through the music video, we cut to some never-before-seen clips from 'On the Basis of Sex', which tells an inspiring and spirited story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.
The video launched on October 24 using YouTube’s new video premiere feature, YouTube Premieres, which allowed viewers to chat with Kesha and experience the new video in real-time. Check out the visuals below:
Written specifically for the film, 'Here Comes the Change' was penned by Kesha, Drew Pearson, and Stephen Wrabel. Mimi Leder, director of 'On the Basis of Sex', said she sought out Kesha to write and perform this song "because her passionate voice and immense talent magnify the social justice imperatives Ruth Bader Ginsburg continues to fight for every day."
Back in September, Kesha opened up about the message of equality and empowerment she hopes is conveyed in 'Here Comes the Change' when it debuted through Refinery29.
"I wanted to explore the legacy of political activists in our country throughout the years who have fought for equality and positive change," Kesha wrote in an essay for Refinery29. "The message is that the long, proud tradition of American social activism is alive and well. It’s being passed on to the next generation. It will continue to evolve one success at a time, and is as important as ever."
"In watching the film I was struck by how much Ginsburg was able to accomplish in her life," the pop star added. "and at the same time, how much more there is to do in the fight for equality for all people. It reminded me of—and strengthened—my belief that any single person can make lasting change, starting with one small action."