Kesha Is Upset Because People Think She Can't Sing
It's common knowledge Ke$ha can't sing. A blog post that listed the vocal ranges of 10 major female pop stars went so far as to list Ke$ha's vocal range as LOL (laughing out loud). But common knowledge in this case is wrong. And Ke$ha is upset about it.
I got really sick of people saying that I couldn't sing, because I can do very few things confidently in my life, and one of them is that I can sing.
To prove herself, she did more singing on her 2nd album Warrior.
I remember thinking, 'Oh, it's just processed. People will learn that I can sing later.' But after reading some reviews that were like, 'She can't sing,' I finally was like, 'F**k that.'
Ke$ha Singing Without Autotune
Ke$ha's Singing Voice
But it's not surprising many people think Ke$ha can't sing. Her single releases are filled with techno music and electronically altered voices. Everyone naturally assumes the altering is used to cover up a lack of vocal ability rather than an effect that makes dance and club music more fun. The problem is, once you get that bad reputation, it's very hard to convince people otherwise.
It also doesn't help that Ke$ha has had some high profile bad performance, such as C'mon on the X Factor. But most critics who reviewed her Get Sleazy tour praised her vocal skills. Stephan Lee from Entertainment Weekly said:
Judging from some less-than-stellar TV performances, my expectations were low, but for what it’s worth, Ke$ha sounded at least as good live as she does on her recorded tracks.
The best example of her real voice is a demo she made of a song written with her mother Pebe Sebert called Goodbye. The song was written in 2000 and recorded when Ke$ha was 15 years old. Another good example is the country rock ballad Sunday Morning. The latest examples are on an acoustic EP titled Deconstructed.
A good live example of her singing skills is a guest appearance with the group Ben Folds Five, where she sang a duet with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips. She and Coyne performed a duet of the song You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. Rolling Stone magazine said about Ke$ha's performance with Coyne that she can "really sing – belting out pitch-perfect, glass-shattering notes." Two other great live performances are Love Into the Light at the 2013 NewNowNext Awards and her live debut of her folk pop track Last Goodbye.
Ke$ha, Wayne Coyne and Ben Folds Five Live in Nashville
Misconceptions About Ke$ha
Many people think Kesha Rose Sebert is "white trash." Her family sometimes depended on welfare and food stamps. She doesn't know who her father is. But she's actually very smart and had almost perfect SAT scores.
She played saxophone in her high school's marching band. She actually attended one of the best high schools in Tennessee and was an International Baccalaureate (IB) student. Even as a high school student she took classes at a local college on Cold War history "just for fun." According to a recent article in Vibe magazine, she spent "her summers studying comparative religion in a gifted teen program at...Columbia University." Her school pictures reveal a slightly chubby nerdy looking reddish-brown haired kid. A video of her singing at a school talent show also shows a seemingly shy teenager. She won the prestigious Wyler Award for her animal rights activism.
Many people think she's a heavy drinker and drug addict. She has said herself that she doesn't use drugs. She does like to drink but she says only on days off. She's also said she never drinks before a show and she never drinks and drives. Her partying image is largely a creation designed to challenge double standards in music. If guys could say something without consequences, she felt women should be able to as well.
Some of the songs on her Animal album are about partying. She insisted on only electro pop and not using any real instruments even though she plays piano and guitar. A lot of the lyrics on Animal are fun and upbeat. But she's also written some very thoughtful songs that show her soft, emotional side. The songs Animal, Dancing With Tears in My Eyes, Blind, Your Love Is My Drug, Hungover and The Harold Song on her debut album and EP are good examples of that side of her.
She writes her own songs and has since she was a teenager. She's also written songs for other singers including the Britney Spears smash hit Till the World Ends. But this isn't surprising because her mother is a songwriter. Ke$ha is from Nashville, which is the heart of the country music industry. Her new album Warrior is a mix of styles from standard dance pop to rock to country. I hope she will keep doing her fun electropop stuff but mix it up with some meaningful songs along the lines of Wonderland, Love Into the Light, Last Goodbye and Past Lives. Artists who do diverse stuff are the most interesting of all. In my opinion, Ke$ha is one of the most interesting young artists in today's music.