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Avril Lavigne returns with new single Head Above Water

The singer-songwriter makes an emotional return with her first new music in five years.

Avril Lavigne
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Avril Lavigne has made her long-awaited return to music with new single Head Above Water, her first new music in five years.

The song arrived following the publication of a heartfelt letter that Lavigne posted on her social media accounts. Head Above Water details Lavigne’s journey as she battled with Lyme Disease.

“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,” said Avril.

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Lavigne co-wrote the song, which is a powerful pop/rock ballad. It has been released by BMG and is available to stream and download now.

Alongside the song, Lavigne has launched a charitable t-shirt campaign through The Avril Lavigne Foundation. Sales of the t-shirt will raise funds to directly impact individuals affected by Lyme that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford treatment.

The Avril Lavigne Foundation supports people with Lyme Disease, serious illness or disabilities. Through programs and grants, it provides funding, education and encouragement for its beneficiaries.

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