The singer battled the effects of Lyme disease that hit her so hard she thought she may die. In the midst of the experience, she became inspired to write an emotional hit song, Head Above Water that even could be labeled “praise and worship.”
“Head Above Water,” quickly reached No. 1 on the iTunes download chart. It’s YouTube lyric video was viewed more than 5 million times, five days after its Sept. 19 release. It is her first single in five years. The song was also at No. 5 on Hot Christian Songs, fueled by 10,000 first-week downloads sold, good for a No. 2 start on Christian Digital Song Sales. Co-written by Lavigne with Travis Clarke and Stephan Moccio, the song recounts Lavigne’s battle with Lyme disease.
Lavigne makes her first visit to the Christian charts after banking 19 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 since 2002, including five top 10s, led by 2007’s pop-punk No. 1 classic “Girlfriend.”
Tormented by the terrible Lyme disease, Lavigne, now 33, was forced to pause her successful music career for more than two years. She fought it with antibiotics and herbs for two years and stayed in bed the “majority of the time,” according to her website.
“One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die.” Lavigne said. “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.”
Avril Lavigne was born into a devout Christian household and before her bad-girl image brought her mainstream success, she sang in church choirs, local festivals and county fairs. According to Christian Post.
Listen to “Head Above Water” By Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne performed her comeback single “Head Above Water” at The Honda Stage series, which is presented by iHeartRadio and Honda. It showcases one-of-a-kind performances by a variety of artists who have impacted their generation with passion and unwavering determination, and ultimately succeeded in pursuing their dreams.
Lavigne’s performance of the delicate piano ballad, which details her near-death experience and her own battle with Lyme disease, offers a never-seen-before angle of the singer. She is shown to be simultaneously fragile and strong as she passionately sings the emotionally-charged chorus: “God, keep my head above water/Don’t let me drown, it gets harder/I’ll meet you there at the altar/As I fall down to my knee, don’t let me drown.”