Kesha – Shay’s Spotlight Artist of the Week
Kesha started her career as a backup singer and songwriter for other artists. That's also what lead her to a solo career, she appeared on a track with Flo Rida and was signed to a record deal of her own not long after. Her first album, Animal, was released in 2010 and shot all the way to the number 1 spot on the charts. Kesha comes by her talent honestly; her mom was also a singer/songwriter. Her mom, being a single parent, often took the kids (Kesha also has a brother) to the recording studio and even on stage with her when she performed.
Growing up, Kesha, didn't have much. Her mom was a single parent and relied on welfare and food stamps to get by. Her mom moved the family to Nashville in the early '90s. Kesha joined the high school marching band playing saxophone and trumpet and continued writing songs with her mom at home. However, she dropped out of high school at the age of 17, returned to L.A. to pursue her music career and obtained her GED.
Her first recording contract was signed in 2005 at the age of 18 with Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Entertainment. Kesha sang backup on singles for Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj, Alice Cooper and others.
Kesha's second album, Warrior, was released in 2012. She first chose to use the '$' in her name to reflect her struggles to make it in the business. She recently did a stint in rehab for an eating disorder and has now dropped the '$' for the 's' in a move to leave that part of her life behind.