Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. It was livestreamed worldwide via YouTube. The visuals and lyrical content tell the story of a doomed relationship which lacks both momentum and communication. The year-old took a five-year absence from her career after a difficult battle with Lyme disease.
But the former pop-punk princess found herself there last October, when her uplifting anthem "Head Above Water" became an unexpected crossover hit on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart, peaking at No. I grew up in a small town in Ontario, Canada singing in church, so it made me very happy. And needless to say, it made my parents very happy, too. Although her strict Catholic upbringing eventually soured her on attending church "They were really long services, and I was always so hungry," she jokes , Lavigne says she still has her "own personal relationship with God, where I'm not a crazy Bible-thumper, but I do have faith. The album's 12 songs are a marked departure from the snarling hits that defined Lavigne's early career, when she embodied teenage angst on top singles "Sk8er Boi," "Complicated" and "Girlfriend. She hoped to showcase more of her voice, which was surprisingly strong after months of not using it as she recovered from Lyme. So I have my family with me and a good group of people around me that are helping me get through this.
'Head Above Water' diverges from previous sound
She sold millions as a teenager, but now the Canadian is nude on her album cover to prove she is a serious singer-songwriter. G enuine, non-snarky question: why is Avril Lavigne still here? You would have been a fool to bet against her original shtick being huge in An era in which Busted bestrode teenage affections like a tri-headed, invariably gurning colossus was clearly ripe for a Canadian teen dressed as a schoolgirl, sticking her tongue out, doing devil-horn fingers and peddling battery-farmed pop-punk aimed squarely at teens. And it was huge: her debut album Let Go sold 16m copies. Equally, however, you would have been brave to bet on Avril Lavigne hanging around. You could marvel at the precision-tooling that went into Sk8er Boi without thinking it was necessarily the stuff on which protracted careers were founded. A gap in the market had been identified and exploited, a great deal of money made, and its audience were bound to grow up and move on, right? How has she survived, even flourished, when the careers of most teen sensations — and indeed the pop-punk bands that provided her initial inspiration — have withered?
Oct Seeing all of your faces each night and feeling your energy was exactly what I needed. I truly missed being up on stage, singing with you. Dates to the European stops can be found in the link in my bio! Use code HAW to enter the presale! My heart is so full!!! Thank you so much to everyone who came out to see the shows, all of my friends who visited and joined us on stage and my incredible band and crew for making every night one to remember. Thank you God for giving me the strength to return to the stage.