Kesha Rose Sebert was born on March 1, 1987, in Los Angeles, California to Pebe Serbert, a singer-songwriter and single mother.
After obtaining a songwriting publishing contract, Pebe moved the family to Nashville, Tennessee where Kesha would frequent her mothers' recording studios and first discovered her natural singing talent. She later tapped into her musical side while attending Franklin High School and Brentwood High School by taking songwriting classes and learning straight from her mother.
When Kesha was 16, she and her mother co-wrote the song "Stephen" in which Pebe used to grab the attention of established producers David Gamson and Scritti Politti, who ultimately produced the song. After being convinced by songwriters Dr. Luke and Max Martin to pursue a music career, Kesha dropped out of school and moved back to Los Angeles at the age of 17.
In 2005, Kesha was offered a record deal from Dr. Luke's label Kemosabe Entertainment and made her vocal debut singing backup on Paris Hilton's single "Nothing in This World." Due to Dr. Luke's sole attention on other projects rather than Kesha's progress, she hired the management company DAS Communications Inc. to find a major label record contract in 2006, while co-writing The Veronica's single "This Love." She was then forced to work as a waitress to help her survive and ironically added the dollar sign to her name in response to her financial struggle.
In 2008, Kesha appeared in Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" music video and sang backup vocals on Britney Spear's single "Lace and Leather." DAS finally drew in artists and repertoire Kara DioGuardi who was set on signing her to Warner Bros. Records, but the agreement failed to take off due to Kesha's existing contract with Kemosabe Entertainment. She then found limited media exposure after singing on Flo Rida's hot single "Right Round" and appearing in its music video, although, she was never officially credited or paid for her part.
With the help of Dr. Luke, Kesha agreed to a multi-album recording deal with RCA Records and immediately started working on her debut album alongside Dr. Luke and Max Martin. She wrote 200 songs for the electropop album and excluded the use of guitars, relying more on the synthesizer as the predominant musical instrument. Her first-ever album Animal was released on January 1, 2010, debuting at the #1 position on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over two million albums and becoming certified platinum in the U.S. by the conclusion of September.
Despite the album's immediate success, critics were unimpressed; including Rolling Stone magazine who referred to the album as, "repulsive, obnoxious and ridiculously catchy." Kesha had little problem shutting the haters up when she released the single "Tik Tok" in late 2009, which surpassed the United States' record for the highest single weeks sales with 610,000 digital downloads and remained at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks straight - the longest lasting debut single at #1 by a female artist. Her other singles "Blah Blah Blah," "Your Love Is My Drug" and "Take it Off" all reached the top ten in Canada, U.S. and Australia.
In 2010, she re-released Animal and the newly extended album Cannibal with the top ten Billboard Hot 100 singles "We R Who We R" and "Blow." After embarking on her debut world tour Get Sleazy across three continents in 2011, Kesha co-wrote Britney Spear's #3 single "'Til the World Ends" and appeared in its music video. She also started working on a second album that was inspired by 1970s rock movement and strays away from her electropop identity.
Released in 2012, Kesha's second studio album Warrior reached number six on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 85,000 copies. Auto-tune free, the album's first single "Die Young" debuted at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and later climbed to the top 10 in Canada, Belgium and Australia. She was also nominated for the Best World Stage at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards, but lost to Justin Bieber.
Additionally, Kesha released her debut-illustrated memoir My Crazy Beautiful Life on November 20, 2012, while her TV series documentary Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life premiered on MTV in April 2013.