Kesha has written a new song specifically for the dramatic film, On the Basis of Sex, starring Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The song, described as an “acoustic guitar-led rallying cry of empowerment,” is titled “Here Comes The Change” and will be featured on the film’s soundtrack.
Kesha wrote the lyrics with Drew Pearson and Wrabel.
Focus Features’ On the Basis of Sex hits theaters in limited release on December 25, 2018. In addition to Felicity Jones, the cast includes Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston, Erwin Griswold, and Cailee Spaeny.
“I greatly admire Kesha’s artistry and commitment to activism,” said Mimi Leder, director of On the Basis of Sex. “I wanted her to write this song because her passionate voice and immense talent magnify the social justice imperatives Ruth Bader Ginsburg continues to fight for every day. It was important to both of us that this song be not only an anthem to all that Ruth Bader Ginsburg achieved, but also a rallying cry for how much more change is yet to come.”
In an essay she wrote for Refinery 29, Kesha discussed how she was inspired to write the song after watching the film. “It was amazing to see Ginsburg’s story of leading a campaign that successfully changed laws that discriminated against Americans purely on the basis of their sex, as the film title suggests. In watching the film I was struck by how much Ginsburg was able to accomplish in her life, and at the same time, how much more there is to do in the fight for equality for all people.”
“Sometimes the troubles of the world are so overwhelming, it is paralyzing. And it’s true: One person may not be able to fix every problem. But we can certainly leave things better off than we found them,” explained Kesha.
The artwork for the single was created by artist/social activist Shepard Fairey.
About “Here Comes The Change” and On the Basis of Sex, Courtesy of Focus Features:
“With lyrics that meditate on the battle for universal equality combined with Kesha’s wildly passionate vocal delivery (a highlight of her GRAMMY-nominated latest album Rainbow), “Here Comes The Change” echoes the sentiments of the film 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 feature will premiere in 2018 in line with Justice Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court.”