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Zedd & Kesha
Written by Anton Zaslavki
Antonina Armato
Kesha Sebert
Timothy Price
Produced by Rock Mafia
Zedd
Length 3:45

"True Colors" is a song by Russian-German electronic music producer Zedd. The original version of song featured uncredited vocals by Tim James and was included on Zedd's second studio album True Colors. The official single is a new version of the track, with the vocals provided by American singer Kesha and was released as the album's fourth single on April 29, 2016. They performed the song live at Coachella 2016.

BackgroundEdit

"True Colors" is Kesha's first music release in over three years, as she has been locked in a court case with her producer Dr. Luke, after ten years of alleged abuse. She first performed the song as a guest during Zedd's set at Coachella 2016. In late April, both Kesha and Zedd posted photos to their social media accounts confirming they were recording together.

ReceptionEdit

Rolling Stone editor Brittany Spanos called it a "triumphant return" for Kesha. Comparing it to the album version, she stated "the style is more grandiose" in Kesha's take. Agreeing with the latter, Nigel M. Smith from The Guardian wrote "Kesha's audible rage lends the track a fire that was missing in its earlier incarnation." Lars Brandle of Billboard wrote the song "is a powerful, moody tune and, lyrically, Kesha is in a fighting frame." August Brown in Los Angeles Times noted "At Coachella, her surprise appearance had the gravity of something more than just another pop-star cameo. This recorded version is a welcome reminder of Kesha's considerable vocal talent." Lucas Villa of AXS praised Zedd's direction, writing, "Under Dr. Luke, her vocals were mostly processed to hell but with Zedd, Kesha beautifully bellows the song's powerful message." Despite minimal promotion from radios or a major record label, the song sold 52,000 copies in its 1st week and placed at #8 on the U.S iTunes Charts.

LyricsEdit

Stars fall at my feet
Keep me grounded as I reach
Higher than I see
Is there something there for me
Pulling back the reins
Letting go again
I'm not afraid, I'm not

All my life
One page at a time
I'll show you my, my true colors
And no-n-no I won't apologize
For the fire in my eyes
Let me show you my, my true colors
It ain't your rainbow

A promise with a lie
Is broken by design
And what I thought I knew
Has been swallowed by the truth
It's time to light the flame
Right before it rains
I'm not afraid, I'm not

All my life
One page at a time
I'll show you my, my true colors
And no-n-no I won't apologize
For the fire in my eyes
Let me show you my, my true colors
It ain't your rainbow

Something tells me I know nothing at all
I've escaped my capture
And I have no master
And somehow it's like I've waited

All my life
One page at a time
I'll show you my, my true colors
And no-n-no, I won't apologize
For the fire in my eyes
Let me show you my, my true colors
It ain't your rainbow
It ain't your rainbow
It ain't your rainbow
It ain't your rainbow

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