The “Head Above Water” music video consists of Avril, surrounded by this gorgeous scenery of Iceland, running from her inner demons, begging God to help her, help her overcome her difficulties. I love what director Elliott Lester did, he captured the lyric imagery and emotions perfectly. Not to mention that our Avril looks breathtakingly beautiful! Thoughts? Comments?
Avril also took to Twitter to intro the video:
It makes my heart so unbelievably full to premiere the #HeadAboveWater music video for you all today, on my birthday.
From the very first day I started writing this song, I have been inspired and gathering visuals and imagining what the music video could look like. @ElliottLester88, I respect you so much. You are insanely talented. Thank you for working closely with me and hearing my ideas. You not only completely captured my vision, but took this video to an entirely new level, even when it meant going all the way to Iceland. You are my hero. I loved every moment of working on this video with you.
Thank you to my co-writers @traviswethekings, I know God brought you to me to work with me and @Stephanmoccio, You slayed on this track. I’m obsessed with the production. Chad Kroeger and @CBaseford, thank you for recording my vocals.
You all worked together so well. You all took such good care of me and had my back though this experience. I can’t thank you enough.
Head on over to Avril’s Twitter or Instagram to wish her a very HAPPY 34TH BIRTHDAY! Cheers to the girl who never ages. She’s come so far with her health this year, so show her some love. WE ALL LOVE YOU AVRIL!
Avril is continuing to bring the strong messaging of ‘Head Above Water’ through The Avril Lavigne Foundation. The Foundation has launched a charitable t-shirt campaign that will raise funds to directly impact individuals affected by Lyme that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford treatment. Feeling the need to bring awareness to the severity of Lyme Disease, Avril and her Foundation have made the EXCLUSIVE #HeadAboveWater charitable t-shirt available below or by visiting the website.
Avril’s first single in 5 years, “Head Above Water” from her upcoming (untitled) 6th album, is NOW AVAILABLE! Get this song wherever you buy/listen to music.
I was really surprised by this – in a good way! Her vocals are strong and it has a sort of haunting “Alice” feel. The imagery is very prominent and I can’t wait to see the music video! It’s not poppy like her past, so not sure how radio will deal with it, but for us waiting 5 years, this is a solid debut!!
I’d love to hear what you think of the song in the comments.
Avril took to her official website with a massive update: a letter to her fans outlining what she’s been through, and where she’s going. We can expect the first single, “Head Above Water” to be released on September 19!
Read her letter below (and be prepared to tear up!)
I’m so excited to finally be able to announce the first single off my new album along with its release date. Five years have gone by since I released my last album. I spent the last few years at home sick fighting Lyme Disease. Those were the worst years of my life as I went through both physical and emotional battles. I was able to turn that fight into music I’m really proud of. I wrote songs in my bed and on the couch and recorded there mostly as well. Words and lyrics that were so true to my experience came pouring out of me effortlessly. Truly… by keeping my spirits up, having goals to reach and a purpose to live for, my music helped to heal me and keep me alive.
Thank you for waiting so patiently as I fought through and still continue to fight, the battle of my lifetime. The first song I am choosing to release is called “Head Above Water.” It is also the first song I wrote from my bed during one of the scariest moments of my life. I had accepted death and could feel my body shutting down. I felt like I was drowning. Like I was going under water and I just needed to come up for air. Like I was in a river being pulled in a current. Unable to breathe. Praying to God for Him to help me just keep my head above the water. To help me see through the stormy weather. I grew closer to Him. My mother held me. In her arms, I wrote the first song that I am releasing to tell my story. I later met a beautiful soul, Travis Clark, and we sat down at the piano and sculpted the rest of the song. Then I took it to the genius, Stephan Moccio and love what he did to the music.
Over the course of Avril’s sixth full-length album and debut for BMG, she holds nothing back. 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 and my fight,” she affirms. “This album tells my story.”
That story seems unbelievable from afar. One difficult night in particular while she fights for her life, a lyrical idea rushes through her body. Those words comprise “Head Above Water.”
“I’m in a battle,” she sighs. “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.”
Nothing has officially been announced yet, but a new song was registered on ASCAP. “Head Above Water,” written by Avril along with Travis Clark (We The Kings) and Stephan Moccio.
The title fits the visuals that Avril has recently described . The music video will feature her in water and at a recent album cover photo shoot, Avril said she was “wrecking her makeup” being in under water.
Whatever the first single is – “Head Above Water” or something else – it will be released this month (rumored date is September 19). A good guess is that it will touch on Avril’s recent battle with Lyme disease.
Welcome to the NEW Avril-L.org! Since Avril is prepping her epic comeback, I felt that it was a time for a more responsive, modern website. Enjoy the new look and new/updated content and leave a comment with what you think. Thanks to Never Enough Design for the design.
There are some pages I am still working on, but if you see anything out of place, please email me.
One other thing: if you want to see old news posts, you can still do so here.
Ohhhhh, it’s going down! Avril’s Instagram has been wiped except for 9 photos centering around the new song and video. If you’ve seen other artists do this, you know that this means they are getting ready to launch a new project. Avril has said that the new single is coming in September…
There is also a new song registered to ASCAP called “Head Above Water”, written by Avril, Travis Clark (We The Kings) and Stephan Moccio (songwriter/producer). Given the clues that this video involves water, this might be a great guess for the first single!