It’s a comeback in many senses for punk-pop musician Avril Lavigne. After a grueling battle with Lyme Disease, which Lavigne first discussed in an interview with People back in 2015, making music has become an obsession again. After facing a painful diagnosis and uncertainty for so long, Lavigne has resurfaced with inspiration, wisdom, and most importantly, the clearance of health.
In a statement published to her official website, Lavigne described how her upcoming album is a miraculous consequence of being bed ridden, and even near death: “One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die. My mom laid with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning. Under my breath, I prayed, ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’ In that moment, the song writing of this album began. It was like I tapped into something. It was a very spiritual experience. Lyrics flooded through me from that point on.”
“Head Above Water” is the first new song from Lavigne in five years. The track is a moving ballad of resilience, thematically inspired by the artist’s own journey to recovery. “Head Above Water” is also the first look at a forthcoming album Lavigne has teased since last year, though she has yet to announce a title or other details. The single also serves to promote her Avril Lavigne Foundation, which offers grants and resources related to Lyme Disease.
Listen to the touching new single “Head Above Water” now, and start getting stoked for Avril’s forthcoming LP.