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Kesha Rose Sebert

(1987-03-01) March 1, 1987 (age 37)
Other namesKe$ha
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
AwardsFull list
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
  • synthesizer
Years active2005–present

Kesha Rose Sebert, known simply as Kesha (stylized as Ke$ha until 2014; born March 1, 1987) is an American singer and songwriter. She has become famous for her style of dance-pop and electropop music, as well as her rap-singing of the lyrics to many of her biggest hits. She has three number-one songs in the U.S. They are "Tik Tok" (2009), "We R Who We R" (2010; number-one debut), and "Timber" with rapper Pitbull (2013). Kesha has also released the albums Animal (2010) and Warrior (2012), along with the EP Cannibal (2010) and the remix album I Am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance (2011). She also helped to co-write Britney Spears' 2011 single "Till the World Ends". She is also known for songs such as "Your Love Is My Drug", "Blow", "Take It Off", "Die Young", and "Blah Blah Blah", a collaboration with the alternative band 3OH!3.

Early life[change | change source]

Kesha Rose Sebert was born in Los Angeles, California, on March 1, 1987. She was raised by her single mother, Pebe Sebert, and moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1991. She has one older brother and one younger brother.[source?]

Career[change | change source]

In 2005, Kesha was in an episode of The Simple Life, which starred Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.[source?]

Her first single "Tik Tok" reached number one in the US, Australia, and Canada. "Tik Tok" became the best-performing song of 2010 in the United States. She has sold 55 million records.[source?]

In 2010, Kesha's first album Animal was released. Her first extended play Cannibal was released later that year. Her third studio album, Warrior, was released in 2012.[source?]

In late 2013, Kesha was featured on rapper Pitbull's single "Timber". The song reached number one in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US.

In July 2017, she released the single "Praying", along with its music video, and announced a new studio album, Rainbow. The song reached the top 30 in Australia, the UK, US, and Canada. It is notably different from her other singles because it does not use the dance-pop or electropop genres that she is known for.

Kesha released her fourth studio album, High Road, on January 31, 2020. It entered the Billboard 200 album chart at number seven.[1]

Personal life[change | change source]

Kesha is a vegetarian and is openly bisexual.[2]

Early in her career, Kesha stated that the use of a dollar sign ($) in her stage name was meant to be ironic, as she was not raised in a wealthy household.

In January 2014, Kesha entered rehab for treatment for an eating disorder. Her mother says that her disorder started when she was 18. Later that year, she announced that her name would be styled back to Kesha instead of Ke$ha, and her Twitter username was changed from @keshasuxx to simply @KeshaRose.

In February 2016, Kesha appeared in federal court in New York City to end her contract with Sony Music and the producer Dr. Luke—who has produced many of her biggest hits—claiming that he sexually and emotionally abused her. The court ruled that Kesha is to remain under her contract with Sony but is able to work with other producers. However, Kesha's lawyers argued that remaining with the same label would not benefit her.[3] Other recording artists, such as Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Adele, and Demi Lovato, have shown support during Kesha's legal troubles.

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

EPs[change | change source]

  • Cannibal (2010)

Remix albums[change | change source]

  • I Am the Dance Commander + I Command You to Dance (2011)

Filmography[change | change source]

Title Year Role Notes
F.A.R.T. the Movie 1995 Girl Cameo appearance
Final Flesh 2009 Pam Pollard Leading role
Walt Disney's Princess Ke$ha 2011 Princess Ke$ha Leading role
Katy Perry: Part of Me 2012 Herself Documentary
Jem and the Holograms 2015 Phyllis "Pizzazz" Gabor Supporting role
A Ghost Story 2017 Spirit girl Cameo appearance
Rainbow: The Movie 2018 Herself Documentary
Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Simple Life Herself Episode: "Wedding Planner"
2010 Saturday Night Live Herself Episode: "Ryan Phillippe/Kesha"
The City Herself Episode: "One Girl's Trash..."
2011 Victorious Herself Episode: "Ice Cream for Kesha"
2012 The X Factor Australia Herself Guest mentor; 2 episodes
2013 Robot Chicken Robot,
Sassette Smurfling
Episode: "Papercut to Aorta"
Kesha: My Crazy Beautiful Life Herself Lead role; 14 episodes
The Show with Vinny Herself Episode: "Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie and Kesha"
2014 Rising Star Herself Judge; 10 episodes
2015 Jane the Virgin Anabelle Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Four"
Project Runway All Stars Herself Guest Judge; Episode: "Once Upon A Runway"
2016 The Haunting Of... Herself Guest appearance
Hollywood Game Night Herself Episode: "Sealed with a Kesha"
Nashville Herself Guest appearance
2017 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Guest Judge; Episode: "Makeovers: Crew Better Work" (Season 9, Episode 10)
Kat Kat (voice) 10 episodes; Amazon Prime series
Highly Gifted Tess (voice) Snapchat series
Good Morning America Herself Performer and interview
CMT Crossroads Herself Episode: "Old Crow Medicine Show & Kesha"
2018 60th Annual Grammy Awards Herself Performer and nominee
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Herself Performer along with The Struts
2019 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Herself Performer along with Big Freedia
47th Annual American Music Awards Herself Performer along with Big Freedia
The Graham Norton Show Herself Performer
2020 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Herself Interview and performer along with Big Freedia
The Late Late Show with James Corden Herself Interview and performer
Carpool Karaoke: The Series Herself Episode: "Kesha & Whitney Cummings"
The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart Herself Guest Judge
One World: Together at Home Herself Benefit concert
Together in Pride: You Are Not Alone Herself Benefit concert
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Herself Performer
2022 Conjuring Kesha Herself She was also an executive producer
2023 Impractical Jokers Herself Episode "Kesha"
60 Minutes Herself
The Muppets Mayhem Herself Episode: "Track 4: The Times They Are A-Changn'"
That's My Jam Herself Winner; Episode: "Kenan Thompson & Big Boi vs. Kesha & Renée Elise Goldsberry"
Helluva Boss Queen Bee-lzebub (voice) Episode: “Queen Bee”; was credited as "Kesha Sebert"

References[change | change source]

  1. "Music Daily World on Instagram: "🔹MD: Charts🔹 Kesha's new studio album "High Road" has debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 with 45K units sold in its first week in the…"". Instagram. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  2. Stichbury, Thomas (November 7, 2019). "EXCLUSIVE: KESHA ON BISEXUALITY AND BEING ABLE TO 'RUN FREE' IN HER RELATIONSHIP". Attitude. Attitude. Archived from the original on November 8, 2019. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  3. Jones, Jaleesa M. (February 24, 2016). "Kesha thanks #FreeKesha supporters after court ruling". Kesha thanks #FreeKesha supporters after court ruling. USA Today. Retrieved February 24, 2016.

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