Single: "Head Above Water" 19.09.2018
On her sixth full-length album and debut for BMG, Head Above Water, Avril Lavigne holds nothing back. Over the course of the record, she details each trial and tribulation from a perspective of triumph and emerges stronger than ever before. You’re hearing the songstress as she was always meant to sound. “This is me,” she affirms. “‘Head Above Water’ tells my story.”
That story seems unbelievable from afar. In the midst of fighting for her life against Lyme disease, a lyrical idea rushes through her body. Three years later, those words comprise “Head Above Water.”
“I’m literally in a battle,” she sighs. “One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was dying. There was no point in even calling 911 or going to the hospital, because they weren’t going to help. My mom held me. In asking God to keep my head above water, I had the concept and the chorus, so I started typing. This is where the record started in my bedroom.”
A year before, Avril’s fight had just begun. Touring Asia in support of her gold-certified Top 5-charting self-titled fifth album, the artist’s health rapidly deteriorated. She can recall “barely making it” through a powerful performance at the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics. Diagnosed with Lyme disease, she graced the cover of People Magazine to tell her story in early 2015. In the midst of the fight, she sat behind a piano and sang past the pain, architecting the early framework for Head Above Water. 2017 represented a turning point as she slowly, but surely recovered strength and started recording again, starting with the title track and first single “Head Above Water.”
“When you’re in bed for the better part of two years, you lose muscle mass,” explains Avril. “Not only do your muscles get weak, but your entire body does. I had to get my endurance up. Once I did, ‘Head Above Water’ was the first song that I sang. I was fresh off not singing for two years. I thought my voice would be weak, but it ended up being stronger than I’ve ever sounded. The break happened to actually be good for my vocal cords.”
In the end, her story is just beginning on Head Above Water.
“I went through a lot to get here,” she leaves off. “The positive side is I didn’t stop living my life. Having music while I was healing and in recovery definitely pulled me out of my darkness. I had a goal to work towards and a purpose. This is me being vulnerable and telling the truth. I hope the album touches people. We all go through these challenges in life. Some unfortunately are more serious than others. Having gone through the battle of my lifetime, I’m stronger than ever and looking forward to sharing my renewed voice and energy for my life with my fans via this new music.”
About Avril Lavigne:
Over the course of nearly two decades, her global sales have eclipsed 40 million albums and 50 million singles with five albums bowing in the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 200 and two at #1. Among countless accolades, she garnered eight GRAMMY® Award nominations and took home eight Juno Awards. She stands out as “one of the Soundscan-era’s top-selling artists releasing albums in the U.S.” and “third best-selling Canadian female artist of all-time.” Billboard placed her in the Top 10 of its “Best of the 2000s” chart. Lavigne also set the Guinness World Record as “the youngest female solo artist to top the UK chart” and made history with “Girlfriend”—which became the “first music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube”.
Additionally, she gives back at every turn via The Avril Lavigne Foundation. Since its inception in 2010, The Avril Lavigne Foundation, Avril and her fans around the world have been impacting lives for the better. Charitable beneficiaries including Easter Seals, LymeLight Foundation, Make-A-Wish, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, Race to Erase MS, Special Olympics, Toronto Sick Kids, UNICEF and more have benefitted from the funds and awareness generated from these global efforts. The Avril Lavigne Foundation supports people with serious illness or disabilities. Through programs and grants, THEY provide funding, education and encouragement for their beneficiaries to follow their dreams, no matter what their circumstances. their vision is to lead and inspire a community including fans, friends, families, advocates and partners who can come together to provide unity and support for those in need. Check out theAvrilLavigneFoundation.org for more.
Her impact extends far beyond the world of music and into business, fashion, film, and television as well. Following an entrepreneurial instinct and lifelong passion for fashion, she introduced Abbey Dawn in 2008. Defined by her edgy aesthetic, fashion-forward perspective, and attitude, it continues to thrive with new launches seasonally as well as presence at New York Fashion Week and more. Expanding her influence and furthering her passion for performance, she starred in Over the Edge, Fast Food Nation, The Flock, and more.