Avril Lavigne triumphantly performs her recent comeback single “Head Above Water” for the Honda Stage series at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, and you can watch the intimate new live video below, thanks to Billboard.
The stirring, piano-driven anthem of hope — born from the singer’s battle with Lyme disease — was first announced last month in an emotional letter to fans. It was accompanied by an equally valiant new video from Lavigne.
“Thank you for waiting so patiently as I fought through and still continue to fight. The battle of my lifetime,” she said. “The first song I am choosing to release is … the first song I wrote from my bed during one of the scariest moments of my life.”
The heady new Avril Lavigne showing is the latest from the Honda Stage series in conjunction with iHeartRadio. The concert series showcases “one-of-a-kind performances by a variety of artists who have impacted their generation.”
Lavigne described the creation of “Head Above Water” as a “very spiritual experience” sparked by her acquaintance with the disease. It was co-written with We The Kings’ Travis Clark, and it’s Avril’s first new track in five years.
“God, keep my head above water/Don’t let me drown,” she sings in the poignant tune. “It gets harder/I’ll meet you there at the altar/As I fall down to my knee, don’t let me drown.” And the new live video mirrors the song’s earnest inception.
What do you think of Avril’s victorious video? Were you waiting a long time to hear new material after the singer’s 2013 self-titled album? What’s your all-time favorite Avril Lavigne album? Sound off in the comments section, down below, and let us know your take!