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On September 6, Avril Lavigne announced her official return to music with a personal and emotional letter to her fans. Posted on her website, the Canadian singer wrote about the past five years of her life, which included a near-fatal battle with Lyme Disease. Now the singer, who battled her disease and is in a healthy place, is ready to take over the charts once again with her new single “Head Above Water.”
Departing from Lavigne’s usual upbeat earworms, the soaring new single places the focus on the singer’s religious beliefs, with Lavigne faced with the very scary reality of her own mortality. Backed by a booming rock orchestral blend, Lavigne sings “God, keep my head above water / Don’t let me drown / It gets harder / I’ll meet you at the altar / As I fall down to my knees.”
Writing about her first single in years, Lavigne said in the letter to her fans that “Head Above Water” was inspired by one of the darkest moments in her life. “I had accepted death and could feel my body shutting down. I felt like I was drowning. Like I was going under water and I just needed to come up for air. Like I was in a river being pulled in a current,” said Lavigne.
“Unable to breathe. Praying to God for Him to help me just keep my head above the water. To help me see through the stormy weather. I grew closer to Him. My mother held me. In her arms, I wrote the first song that I am releasing to tell my story.”
The Grammy winner turned her medical struggles, which she calls the ‘worst years of her life,’ into a new song that will inspire her millions of fans who may also be dealing with their own difficult situations. “I was able to turn that fight into music I’m really proud of. I wrote songs in my bed and on the couch and recorded there mostly as well. Words and lyrics that were so true to my experience came pouring out of me effortlessly,” said Lavigne. “Truly…by keeping my spirits up, having goals to reach and a purpose to live for, my music helped to heal me and keep me alive.”
Lavigne released a lyric video for “Head Above Water” on Wednesday, but an official music video is not far behind. The Canadian singer has been posting about the video shoot on her Instagram, sharing pictures of herself looking happy and healthy.
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That’s a wrap after 7 days of shooting ! Elliott, you’re brilliant and insane and I love you. Thank you for going above and beyond and seeing my vision and bringing it to life. I’ve been planning this video for over two years. I’m so passionate about this record, and my first video that will relay my story. Thank you to the crew and everyone on Team Lavigne for busting your butts to make this all come together.